Gydo Pass in Witzenberg Rural, Western Cape
The Gydo Pass is situated along the R303 between Ceres and Citrusdal, it also links the Warm Bokkeveld with the higher Koue (Cold) Bokkeveld. It is one of two Passes built by Andrew Geddes Bain in 1848, the other being the Michell’s Pass which is situated between the towns of Wolseley and Ceres.
The Pass is named after a species of euphorbia which covers the slopes of the Skurweberg, but it’s not just this which flourishes up here, Waboom or Protea nitida, one of few proteas that grow into trees, still grows in clumps along the road.
The Pass is an alternative route to Citrusdal but is well worth the extra time as it is known for its magnificent scenery. The view from the viewpoint at the crest of the Pass offers the photographer fantastic opportunities for incredible pictures of the valley below.
Gydo Pass was completed in 1848 and the road quality is good and the traffic light which means you can take a relaxed drive up to the lookout point. There are a few dangerous bends to look out for, and the odd portion of the road devoid of safety barriers, so a slow drive is recommended anyway. There are 32 bends and curves in total.
The Pass is sometimes closed on a few days in winter when snowfalls make the Pass too dangerous for traffic.
Thing to do and see
- Protea nitida (or Waboom) sightings
- Lookout Point
- Orchards, Fields & Dams
- Photographic Opportunities
Free to Drive, best during daylight hours only
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