Skurweberg Pass

Skurweberg Pass lies on the rim of the Drakensberg escarpment on the R541 between Badplaas and Machadodorp

Mpumalanga Tourist AttractionsThe Skurweberg Pass

The Skurweberg Pass lies on the rim of the Drakensberg escarpment - a steep, tarred and modern route over the Skurweberg mountains, on the R541 between Badplaas and Machadodorp.

Where? Between Badplaas and Machadodorp, Mpumalanga

When? Best during daylight hours

How much? Free

Overnight? See Machadodorp accommodation, in Mpumalanga

Meaning 'rough mountain' in Afrikaans, the Skurweberg mountains are a series of ancient sandstone outcrops; the remains of the seabed from the time of the bygone super-continent of Gondwana, at least 180 million years old.

The Skurweberg is particularly beautiful – visitors travel the pass not merely to get between Machadodorp and Badplaas, but to drink in the views. In the mountains is the Wathaba Wilderness Area, an area rich with waterfalls, streams, pools and overgrown kloofs filled with mosses, lichens, ferns and about 90 different indigenous trees.

The pass starts in the south, just north of Badplaas, heading through a wide kloof created by the flow of the Komati River. The initial ascent is rigorous, gaining altitude fast, as the road hugs the mountain, followed by a couple of switchbacks.

On one of these sharp bends is the start of the Num-Num Trail, the core of which lies in the Skurweberg Mountains - five days of incredibly scenic hiking, with a slackpacking option.

A little farther on, and the gravel road to the start of the Wathaba Hiking trail heads up the eastern edge of the kloof.

From here the pass straightens a bit, continuing to climb at a rapid rate. At the summit is Uitkomst Farm.

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