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Offline JonW

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Naude's Nek Pass (Rhodes - Mount Fletcher) EC, dirt
« on: June 28, 2007, 10:51:44 pm »
The Naude's Nek Pass lies between the scenic little town of Rhodes in the Eastern Cape, and Mount fletcher in the former Transkei.





In 1896 the Naude brothers built a rough track across the mountains outside Rhodes. Using picks, shovels and a horse cart, they followed the route that their horses instinctively took when they were driven up the mountain.

A monument in honour of the Naude brothers stands at the foot of the path.







Following much of the original route, george Mandy constructed a military road linking Maclear with Lundin's Nek in 1911. From the foot of the pass the road climbs steeply out of the Bell river valley in a series of switchbacks to the 2500m - high summit of the pass.



Naude's Nek Pass is the highest road lying completely in South Africa. The gravel road that snakes over the pass is also one of the loneliest in South Africa.







The pass is by no means a difficult ride, however it is not recommended that you attempt the pass in adverse weather conditions, as deep snow is frequent. It is however a stunning ride and is well worth the effort.
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Re: Naude's Nek Pass
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2007, 11:10:03 pm »
nice pics,the pass has been on my list for some time.Perhaps its a sign..
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2007, 07:27:18 am »
Nice one JohnW!!! Brings back alot of memories.
 

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« Reply #3 on: July 04, 2007, 10:45:38 pm »
Weather like this?

 

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Re: Naude's Nek Pass
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2007, 06:45:20 am »
Nice JonW, this area seems to have a few good passes!

Michnus posted one close to this as well. It seems I have to go there!
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Re: Naude's Nek Pass
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2007, 09:42:20 am »
You've just gotta see the bottom of this road when its slushy - before it becomes rocky - not for the faint hearted!


wheee haaa  -  started on Anakees (damn!  :o ) - never got this far up but had an interesting time doing the first 70kms before (thankfully) turning off  >:( ;D :o
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Re: Naude's Nek Pass (Rhodes - Mount Fletcher) EC, dirt
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2007, 07:22:47 am »
We've just driven Naudes Neck pillion with our fully loaded 650, Rhodes side beautiful and road in excellent condition. Mount Fletcher side had us falling on 2inch ice sheets :-( much worse road conditions. And since it got dark 1/2 way down... Not fun
 

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Re: Naude's Nek Pass (Rhodes - Mount Fletcher) EC, dirt
« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2007, 07:42:01 pm »
The snow becomes compacted ice and very slippery.

And the view from the top is a national heritage site
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2007, 03:06:51 pm »




The same view in winter. Still beautiful!!

 

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Naudes Nek pass Eastern Cape
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2008, 12:39:03 pm »
This is really an awesome pass, I think one of the highest in the country at 3500 metres , you start off either at the village of Rhodes or you can go from the otherside of the mountain at Barkley East, it is a very tough road and in winter can get extremely icy.
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Re: Naudes Nek pass Eastern Cape
« Reply #10 on: January 29, 2008, 03:09:35 pm »
I think it is more 2600m. But yes it is awesome. Been there during December 07. The pass was eventually build on the tracks where the Naude brothers managed to go over the mountain. As they rode their horses up the mountain they struck pins in the ground and that is the route it followed.


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Re: Naudes Nek pass Eastern Cape
« Reply #11 on: January 29, 2008, 03:18:28 pm »
Thanks Niekie, sorry you are right about the height, I must admit that road REALLY looks bad, do you think a 4x4 could do it, when I did it I was in a car, I am planning a trip over the pass in October ( 10 bikes and me in backup vehicle ) but if the road is that bad perhaps we give it a miss as all the riders are not all that experienced
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Re: Naudes Nek pass Eastern Cape
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2008, 04:09:32 pm »
CGB, not to sure what you refer to. When I was there in Dec the road out of Rhodes to the top of Naude's was excelent. A must do if you haven't been there. Go, it is a good road. For DS bikes it is good. You will enjoy. Sounds like you haven't been there before. Depends on what your plans are and what route you taking I can advice on more rides there that you will really enjoy.

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Re: Naudes Nek pass Eastern Cape
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2008, 04:17:44 pm »
Thanks Niekie, sorry you are right about the height, I must admit that road REALLY looks bad, do you think a 4x4 could do it, when I did it I was in a car, I am planning a trip over the pass in October ( 10 bikes and me in backup vehicle ) but if the road is that bad perhaps we give it a miss as all the riders are not all that experienced
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Re: Naudes Nek pass Eastern Cape
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2008, 04:40:41 pm »
Hey Niekie, sawry, I did not scroll to the right and see the good road there, I was looking at the sign and saw rock ahead, we have had a fair bit of rain here since I did it in 2005 so all should be fine, thanks for the info
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Re: Naudes Nek pass Eastern Cape
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2008, 08:05:52 pm »
Naude's Nek is easily do-able in a car or on a bike.

When it rains it gets a bit muddy though.





But well worth a visit. I am planning an overnight ride to the area in the next month or so.
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Re: Naude's Nek Pass (Rhodes - Mount Fletcher) EC, dirt
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2008, 10:41:26 pm »
Thoroughly enjoyed this Pass! Flippin freezing though. A great idea that was given to me was to put surgical gloves underneath your riding gloves. Gloves get wet but not your hands. That's assuming that you have NOT got waterproof gloves on.
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Re: Naude's Nek Pass (Rhodes - Mount Fletcher) EC, dirt
« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2008, 12:18:03 pm »
Brings back some memories, I know every bone jarring cm of that road, I had to ride back up it last year after doing in 5 ribs in an off at the bottom, character building to say the least!!
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Re: Naude's Nek Pass (Rhodes - Mount Fletcher) EC, dirt
« Reply #18 on: August 06, 2009, 12:48:49 pm »
Brings back some memories, I know every bone jarring cm of that road, I had to ride back up it last year after doing in 5 ribs in an off at the bottom, character building to say the least!!

I remember this well. You were quite grumpy after the off until you met the lady doctor the next day. The Voltaren lightened your mood considerably.....or was it the nurse........? >:D ;D
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Re: Naude's Nek Pass (Rhodes - Mount Fletcher) EC, dirt
« Reply #19 on: April 03, 2010, 09:08:37 pm »
This is really a pretty pass, not difficult at all in the dry, the wind was pumping on the day I did it, but it was nice and dry.

The views are spectacular!









Go and ride it!!