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Prince Alfred’s Pass, Garden Route, Western Cape.

There are few roads north through the mountains between George and Humansdorp. As a result, most visitors to the Garden Route (Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and the Tsitsikamma) travel via George or Port Elizabeth – a long distance out of their way. There is however an exception – Prince Alfred’s Pass (the R339) from either Knysna or Plettenberg Bay via Avontuur, which is on the R62, to Uniondale, which is on the N9. The road is narrow in places – on some hairpin bends it is only a single lane. It is so narrow in places that vehicles travelling down must frequently give way to vehicles travelling up. While the distance is shorter (70-80 km), the time taken is approximately the same. But the scenery is spectacular. Furthermore, there are some interesting settlements on the way (Die Vlug on the Keurbooms River) where time has stood still and where you can stop for refreshments.

The route is not recommended after heavy rain and is out of the question if you happen to be towing a trailer or caravan -- simply “forgedaboudit” However, given the right circumstances, if you are “willing to take the road less travelled,” consider travelling over the mountains via Prince Alfred’s Pass from the coast to the interior. Alan McIver  NFPrince

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Last update: 2014-02-15 20:17
Author: Alan McIver
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