Attractions IN Barkly East

Landmarks / Popular Tourist Routes

Barkly Pass

Barkly Pass is the only one of the eight passes in the Eastern Cape that is tarred. It is also the one you can expect to close around the beginning of winter when the first snowfalls begin, overnight as they tend to do, making the road that links Barkly ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Bastervoetpad Pass

If you want to see scenery to die for then drive the Bastervoetpad, or Baster Voetpad as it is sometimes written. It links Barkly East / Elliot to the town of Ugie, which it does via the Drakensberg Escarpment. The Bastervoetpad pass is gravel, difficult ...

Mountain Passes

Bottleneck Pass

The Eastern Cape highlands at the tail of the Drakensberg chain of mountains, roughly between Lady Grey and Barkly East, are awash with spectacular gravel passes - eight of them part of what has become known as the 8 Passes ...

Mountain Passes

Fetcani Pass

Fetcani Pass begins a little after the summit of the remarkable Barkly Pass on the tarred R58 out of Elliot. You will need to turn right onto the gravel R393 just after the road passes the Mountain Shadows Hotel to find the start ...

Mountain Passes

Greylings Pass

Greylings Pass is one of two passes on the long and winding R396 to Barkly East, via Rossouw and Clifford, from Dordrecht or Indwe. The first is Killians Pass (the more southern of the two) followed quite quickly by the high altitude ...

Mountain Passes

Heuningneskloof Pass

Heuningneskloof Pass makes its way onto, which means that those who venture along its twists and turns are of the more intrepid ilk. The pass lies in one of the most remote region of the Eastern Cape ...

Mountain Passes

Kraai River Pass

The Kraai River Pass is a tarred road through the mountains on the R58 linking Barkly East and Lady Grey, in the Eastern Cape Highlands. It is not a difficult pass to drive with easy, sweeping curves and bends, except if ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Lundean's Nek Pass

Lundean's Nek Pass, also sometimes spelt as Lundin's Neck, links the little mountain farming community of Wartrail with the Telle bridge Border Post into Lesotho. In broader terms it links the Witteberge Mountains with Lesotho, and is one of the eight ...

Attractions AROUND Barkly East

Mountain Passes

Baster Voetslaan Pass

Baster Voetslaan Pass is also, confusingly, known as the Dr Lapa Munnik Pass. You can find out more about him at his memorial plaque close to the summit alongside another plaque dedicated to Nic de Bruin, responsible for mapping and building ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Joubert's Pass

Joubert's Pass, regarded as the third highest pass in South Africa, links Lady Grey to Barkly East via the Witteberge. The pass traverses farmland and the Lammergeier Private Nature Reserve before descending into Lady Grey, the peaceful and pretty little ...

Mountain Passes

Killian’s Pass

The Eastern Cape is full of lonely gravel roads, incredibly pretty countryside and some of the highest and steepest gravel mountain passes in the country - at least thirty of them. It is, without doubt, an adventure biker’s, or 4x4 ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Naudé's Nek Pass

Naudé's Nek lies in the southern end of the Drakensberg in the Eastern Cape, and connects the towns of Maclear and Rhodes. It is probably most well known as the highest dirt road in South Africa, with a summit of 2.920 metres. But is also famous for its ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Otto Du Plessis Pass

Whilst still on the tar road between Lady Grey and the Clifford turn-off it is possible to see part of the unique railway linking Barkly East with Lady Grey to the northwest. Owing to the mountainous terrain, a system of eight ‘reverses’ was incorporated ...

... and a little further afield


Aliwal North Hot Springs

Aliwal North is famous for its Hot springs. The spa has large thermal pools, including two for children, as well as saunas, a gym and a treatment block with amenities for invalids. Water sports are popular on the Island where 27 waterfowl species have ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Carlisleshoek Pass

Just before the top of Carlisleshoek Pass (also spelt Carlisle's Hoek) there is a signboard that suggests that you 'engage lowest gear, keep up revs and take corners wide'. It closes off by saying that you should 'drive confidently', which is one ...

Mountain Passes

Carlisleshoekspruit Pass

To reach Tiffindel ski resort, deep in the northern reaches of the Eastern Cape, one must navigate an incredibly steep, sometimes heart-in-mouth kind of driving pass known as Carlisleshoekspruit.Most of the pass, in theory, is in pretty good ...

Mountain Passes

Groot Doringhoek Pass

The Groot Doringhoek (great thorn corner) Pass is considered one of the highest mountain passes in the country, and thus one of its more dangerous roads,. It also makes its way onto a list of roads less travelled ...

Nature Reserves

Oviston Nature Reserve

The Oviston Nature reserve lies close to the little Karoo towns of Venterstad and Oviston roughly two hours’ drive from Bloemfontein. That it is in the Karoo should impart the potential for blinding hot summer days, but along with this slight discomfort ...

Popular Tourist Routes

Route 56

Route 56 is not only a great alternative to the N2 through the former Transkei, it is also a highly scenic route covered in mountain trails, opportunities to fish for trout and some fine examples of San rock ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Volunteershoek Pass

By all accounts, Rhodes has a colourful history dating back to the 1880s and features many Victorian buildings. In 1997 the entire village was proclaimed as a Conservation Area in the Government Gazette which gives it official protection in order to ...

Barkly East as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Aliwal North, Burgersdorp, Lady Grey, Maclear, Oviston, Rhodes, Tiffindell, Venterstad

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