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Mountain Pass Garcia's Pass

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Located in South Africa :: Western Cape (Garden Route)
Category: Scenic Routes :: Mountain Pass

The 18 km Garcia's Pass lies on the tarred R323, 15 km North of Riversdale in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The first pass across the Langeberge was attempted by Maurice Garcia, an 1820 settler of Jewish-Portuguese descent who was then magistrate and civil commissioner of Riversdale. Using convict labour, he built the rudimentary passage completed in 1868, along the gorge of the Goukou river. In 1872, Thomas Bain, the master road builder, was appointed to built a proper pass, fit for wagons, linking Riversdale with the Klein-Karoo and the interior. Due to numerous sharp curves, progress on the pass was very slow and it was only completed in 1877 at almost ten times the original planned cost. It was officially opened on 31 December 1877. Today you can travel the beautifully scenic tar road via the Garcia Nature Reserve and Grootvaders Bosch to Riversdale, on the N2 east of Suurbraak and Heidelberg. The pass. follows the slopes of of the Mosambiekkop, better known as Sleeping Beauty. (June 2012).

Address :  19km or 15min NNW of Riversdale, Garden Route, South Africa
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Travelling Information
Closest Main Route :  R323
Closest Town :  Riversdale

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