Sunday, October 16, 2011

Van Rhyns Pass

The Vanrhyns Pass on the R27 between Vanrhynsdorp and Nieuwoudtville was built in 1962. It carries heavy traffic from Cape Town up to the Bokkeveld Mountains and Calvinia. During springtime the stretch of road between Vanrhynsdorp and the pass, known as the Knersvlakte, is transformed into a colourful carpet of flowers.

From the look-out point (above) some 800 m above sea level, you will have a sweeping view of the Knersvlakte, the Hardeveld and the Maskam region. The Bokkeveld Mountains contribute to the 180 degree panoramic view. You reach the Bokkeveld Plateau at the top of the pass.

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  1. Magnificent, Jo, as far as the eye can see.

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  2. It's a beautiful view, Jo. I'm trying to wrap my tongue around all those names. I wonder if I'm even close with the pronunciation of things, lol. Hope you're having a great weekend.

  3. Spectacular view. I didn't get north of Cape Town. Next trip.

  4. Jo, what a beuatiful view from the pass. The scenery looks gorgeous. Thanks for sharing, happy Scenic Sunday!

  5. Hi Jo, Awesome picture... From that look-out point, you really do have a great view... I'd love to see it in spring --with the flowers too.

  6. Jo, what a great view from the road. I could imagine the carpet of flowers in the spring time. Spring is my favorite season, and we quite a bit of road trips.

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  7. That is a beautiful landscape, and an exotic one to me. Thank you for showing me your world.

  8. Do you get dizzy looking down?

    Those purple flowers, are they seasonal?

  9. I know that Dutchs started in South Africa, but I am always surprised by the Dutch names, which I understand very well. There are lots of German words in it. I know that SA "dutch" is not at all the same as the NL dutch but still understandable to me.

  10. That is a fantastic view from the look-out point of the Knersvlakte, the Hardeveld and the Maskam region. I love high viewpoints from mountain roads.


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