Things To Do in MookgophongBokpoort Pass
Where? Bokpoort Pass, Mookgophong, Waterberg, Limpopo
How much? Free
Bokpoort Pass is synonymous with famous South African writer, poet and ethnologist, Eugène Marais, who loved for several years at Doornhoek near Mookgophong. At Doornhoek, Marais did his notable work on terminates and baboons; and it was up this pass that he first collected specimens of extremely rare cycads, which are only found in two localities in the Waterberg.
The cycad he observed and collected was named posthumously in his honor - Encephlalartos eugene-maraisii. Where the tar road ends at the top of the pass, is the farm 'Pure Krans', which is where Marais' friend 'Purekrans' van Rooyen lived - and was involved in many brushes with the law!
Bokpoort Pass is seeped in history as well as fauna and flora, with the source of the Palala River on the northern slopes immediately west of the top of the pass. A crystal clear stream runs alongside the road.