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Pakhuis Pass Review

East of Clanwilliam the R364 becomes a spectacularly scenic gravel road called Pakhuis Pass. Fantastic rock formations glow in the early morning or late afternoon. There's even a mountain range called the Tra-Tra Mountains, a completely fantastical name for a suitably fantastical landscape. A steep, narrow road to the right leads to the mission town of Wuppertal, with its characteristic white-thatch houses. You can drive this road in an ordinary rental car, but be very careful in wet weather. There are no guided tours, but there is a factory where you can see and buy sturdy handmade leather shoes and boots. Another way of seeing Pakhuis Pass is to take a Donkey Cart Adventure trip down to the tiny remote village of Heuningvlei, a former Moravian mission station. Currently only 20 families live here—making a modest living as subsistence farmers.

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