Joubert's Pass

Joubert's Pass is regarded as the third highest mountain pass in South Africa, and links the towns of Lady Grey to Barkly East via the Witteberge

Eastern Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Joubert's Pass

Joubert's Pass, regarded as the third highest pass in South Africa, links Lady Grey to Barkly East via the Witteberge.

Where? Links the towns of Lady Grey to Barkly East via the Witteberge

When? Best during daylight hours

How much? Free

Overnight? See Lady Grey accommodation, in Eastern Cape

Jouberts pass traverses farmland and the Lammergeier Private Nature Reserve before descending into Lady Grey, the peaceful and pretty little village, tucked just inside the Eastern Cape border with the Free State Province.

Once there it is well worth staying awhile. The commuity is not only relaxed and extremely friendly, but the town, which is tucked right up against the mountain side, is also worth exploring, filled with little restored cottages, the odd coffee shop, a beautiful sandstone church that is a National Monument, Easter time passion plays, and sand roads.

The little road that winds from Lady Grey to the kloof, which finally becomes Joubert's Pass, is a common footpath for hikers as the views are incredible and take in river gorges, majestic mountains and, on a clear day, vistas over Lesotho.

Interestingly the pass was named Joubert after the farmers who built it as a means of reaching their farms over the Witteberge, or 'white mountains', called that for the commonly snowy crest during winter. Five of the farmers were named Joubert. As far as dirt roads go, Joubert's Pass is in good condition. The views from the summit of the pass are not only incredible, but there are excellent views out over Lady Grey and for miles around.

Popular Activities in or near Joubert's Pass

Witteberg Skywalk

The Witteberg Skywalk is regarded as pretty rigorous. You will not only have to be fit but an adventurous backpacker as the route follows the edge of the Witteberg mountains between Lady Grey and Rhodes. There are no fixed overnight huts or...

More info and contact details: Witteberg Skywalk

Lammergeier Hiking Trail

Lying between Lady Grey and Barkly East are the foothills of the Witteberg Mountains of the Lammergeier Private Nature Reserve. A series of hikes through the reserve offer some of the most incredible scenery of mountain streams, sandstone...

More info and contact details: Lammergeier Hiking Trail

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