South Africa :: Northern Cape (Great Karoo)
Category: Scenic Routes :: Mountain Pass
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The Botterkloof pass is a fairly substantial altitude gaining pass in the Northern Cape between Clanwilliam and Nieuwoudtville. It is the third of a trio of passes on the R364 route for those travelling from West to East. In rainy weather or snow conditions, this pass can become very tricky even in a 4WD vehicle. The origins of the name are not known, but it is probably named after dairy (butter) products being produced on a nearby farm or possibly that the pass becomes as slippery as butter in bad weather. (Source: Mountain Passes South Africa).
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From Cape town, take the N7 north to Clanwilliam (About 230km). Then take the R364. The Botterkloof Pass is about 75 km further.
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Very nice scenic pass, excellent smooth gravel surface which a sedan can easily manage in dry weather conditions.
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