Col de Robinson in Mossel Bay Rural, Western Cape
The Pass can be found along the R328 and when it was originally laid in 1869, it was known as the Ruiterbosch Pass, as Ruiterbosch is considered the start of the Pass. The Commissioner of Roads at the time was Mr. Robinson, hence the name of the Pass today. The Pass is right in the center of the beautiful Little Karoo and Garden Route and was just one of the 26 Passes built by Thomas Bain. It was rebuilt many times over the past 145 years and was only tarred in the late 1950’s.
With sweeping curves and magnificent views around each corner, this Pass is a must when visiting the area. There are many places to where you can pull off the road to appreciate and photograph these superb views. The Valley is worth further exploration as it holds many little farms, art galleries and guest houses and the sheer magnitude of the Swartberg Mountains as you enter Oudtshoorn will not disappoint.
If you enjoy hiking then one of the best ways to truly appreciate the pass is to try out the Koumashoek Circuit. It is a six hour, fairly difficult hike with a few steep climbs, but if you are fit and up for the challenge the six hours spent in and around the valley will be worth it.
Thing to do and see
- Swartberg Mountain Range
- Koumashoek Circuit
There is no charge to travel along the pass and it is recommended travelling during daylight hours. During wet weather the Pass can sometimes be closed.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 27˚C with high rainfall in March and October.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C with the lowest rainfall in June and July.
Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport, 50 km from Mossel Bay. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports.
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