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Klipspringer Pass
Karoo National Park, Beaufort West district, Western Cape

Type:Mountain Pass


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32°19'50.36" S 22°28'07.85" E Alt: 1059m

In the 1970s the South African National Parks (SANP) proposed the establishment of a National Park that would be representative of the Nama Karoo Biome. After considering a number of possible suitable areas it was decided to establish this new park in the vicinity of Beaufort West. The Town Council of Beaufort West donated 7 209 ha of communal land north-west of the town to the South African National Parks. This area then formed the nucleus of the Karoo National Park, proclaimed in 1979. SANP purchased additional land to be incorporated into Karoo NP. Within the boundaries was an old farmer's pass. This was replaced by the SANP with a reconstructed pass with packed drystone walls and tarred surface, providing pull-off lookouts at scenic intervals. The 3.2km rock wall was packed by hand in the same manner as Andrew Bain had used in the previous century so as to make it environmentally compatible and unobtrusive. The 7 800 cubic metres of rock was recycled from sheep corrals or veekrale (enclosure to keep livestock) and shepherds huts located within the Park precinct.

The pass is 5,8 km long and has an altitude variance of 264m and at the peak looks over the Rooivalle canyon.