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Post by mattk » 20 Mar 2016 08:20

This is a pass just outside Magaliesburg. I am given to believe that it is nothing spectacular, just a nice drive. Anybody been, what can I expect give the current wet conditions? I see there is a video on the net, will check that out. :eureka:

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Post by Tinus lotz » 20 Mar 2016 08:28

Never been go give it a go and let us know :thumbup:

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Post by iandvl » 20 Mar 2016 08:57

mattk wrote:This is a pass just outside Magaliesburg. I am given to believe that it is nothing spectacular, just a nice drive. Anybody been, what can I expect give the current wet conditions? I see there is a video on the net, will check that out. :eureka:
I assume you're talking about Breedts Nek pass - between Magaliesberg and Buffelspoort. If so, yes.

It's one of our regular day-trip routes. We normally take the dirt roads from "Plaas Se Gat" in Harties, all the way until Breedts Nek. Stop at the summit. Drive to Buffelspoort dam. Braai and then head back the same way. We stop for a beer at "Plaas se Gat" on the way back. :)

As for conditions in the rain: I went up on the 2nd of January. There were very heavy rains at the time - including a massive storm which took out all the campers at Buffelspoort Dam the day before (the video was almost viral-like on FaceBook).

It's not difficult. You often even see platkarre driving up. The pass is not in great condition, although it's no sweat for a Patrol. It's easier travelling South -> North than North -> South. Reason for this is that the very bad bit of the pass is on the Northern side. As I said though, with a Patrol it's a breeze. Also, the stony-type ground means that the pass does not really get particularly muddy - even after heavy rain. There might be a few more gullies washed into it after heavy rain. But this is not something I'd worry about.

A few photos from some of our trips up there:
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Post by mattk » 20 Mar 2016 13:27

Thanks for the info, will report back Tuesday.

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Post by mattk » 22 Mar 2016 10:57

Was a piece of cake, no challenge at all. Amusing though to see some really high IQ people trying to take their sedan across. Got badly stuck, hung up on one of the steps. Makes you wonder what they do not understand about the posted warning signs. :think:

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Post by iandvl » 22 Mar 2016 11:06

mattk wrote:Was a piece of cake, no challenge at all. Amusing though to see some really high IQ people trying to take their sedan across. Got badly stuck, hung up on one of the steps. Makes you wonder what they do not understand about the posted warning signs. :think:
One regularly sees sedans on the way up. Most seem to make it without too many issues. I've had to help one or two in the past. However, there is a post on the Community Forum web site at the moment where it has been claimed that De Wildt has better tracks than Beedtsnek (http://4x4community.co.za/forum/showthr ... ?p=3167758).

Your post got me keen to start publishing my "dirt road passes" videos I've been collecting. I'll start a new thread on that. :)

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Post by mattk » 22 Mar 2016 14:06

Cool iandvl, look forward to that. These are ideal for absolute beginners as there is very little to no risk at all. Will take a friend of mine for Lesson 1 there :thumbup:

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Post by Tinus lotz » 22 Mar 2016 14:39

mattk wrote:Cool iandvl, look forward to that. These are ideal for absolute beginners as there is very little to no risk at all. Will take a friend of mine for Lesson 1 there :thumbup:
What are these beginners we speak off???? :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
Go big do moegalte and after that all else looks flat :rolling: in the 4.8 you just need to put foot....auto does the rest :salute:
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Post by mattk » 23 Mar 2016 07:50

Talking about a beginner who has never driven anything but a platkar. And you want me to risk MY Patrol with HER at Moegatle? :rolleyes: :naughty: :rolling:

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Post by Tinus lotz » 23 Mar 2016 10:30

:oldtimer: :thumbup:

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