Discovering Spektakel Pass, Northern Cape's hidden gemCar enthusiasts and road trip lovers are always on the lookout for new and exciting roads to drive. There is nothing as thrilling as driving past breathtaking scenic routes and dizzying mountain passes, and now Avis, the leading car rental company has made it easier to find the most exhilarating stretch of tarmac possible on South Africa’s Best Roads. Spektakel pass, Northern Cape's hidden gem.
Spektakel PassSpektakel Pass is a mountain pass on the tarred R355 east of the Buffels River about 22km west of Springbok in the Namaqualand region of South Africa. Derived from the Afrikaans for ‘spectacle pass’. The name stems from an incident in which an oxwagon overturned and the female passengers fell head over heels in an undignified, rather embarrassing manner, causing a spectacle.
The Spektakel Pass is said to have been named by Simon van der Stel in the late 17th Century. Arriving at the top, he is said to have exclaimed something to the effect of “Wat een spektakel!” This view shows the impacts of development, with an abandoned copper mine and the dust from the gravel road. Surprisingly, there was also water in the Buffels River on this day.