Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Theronsberg Pass
The Theronsberg Pass is one of four ways in which to reach the Ceres valley. Others include Michell's Pass from Cape Town (N1, R43, R46), Gydo Pass (the R303 from Citrusdal), and Theronsberg Pass (from Touws River, R46).
Where? Links Ceres with the R355 to Calvinia
When? Best during daylight hours
How much? Free
The Theronsberg Mountains take one into the Tanqua Karoo, a gorgeous semi-arid area that is quite simply beautiful – clear, starlit skies, incredible scenery and enviable sunsets.
Theronsberg Pass links Ceres with Karoopoort and is a fairly gentle pass, as far as passes go, its landscape essentially grassy slopes given over to small farms, their dams occasionally close enough to the roadside to glimpse water birds. It is also tarred making it accessible for all vehicles, even a Tazz, which might not conquer some of the more rugged passes of the Western Cape.
Because of its proximity to Ceres and a colder climate, there is a good chance that the Theronsberg will see snow fall during the winter months, and it is always an excellent choice for a drive from Cape Town in search of snow.
Interestingly the Theronsberg, Karoopoort and the Hottentotskloof passes were all part of an old wagon route from the Boland into the interior, before the advent of the Du Toitskloof Pass and the N1. In 1969 when the totally unanticipated earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter Scale, hit the area, devastating towns like Tulbagh and Wolseley, Theronsberg Pass was the only road out of Ceres as parts of Mitchells Pass were buried as a result of the earthquake.
Theronsberg initially follows the contours of the Waboomberg and then it stretches out and heads straight for Ceres, passing through green fields, and fruit orchards in the typical scenery one associates with the fruit-growing valley.