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Abel Erasmus Pass, Ohrigstad, Mpumalanga

Spectacular mountain scenery on the Abel Erasmus Pass, MpumalangaThe Abel Erasmus Pass is one of Mpumalanga’s most magnificent mountain passes, cutting through the Drakensberg escarpment and offering sensational views of the Blyde River Canyon.

The route follows a Voortrekker wagon track that was pioneered in the 1840s as they moved further into the interior of South Africa. It is named after Abel Erasmus, a farmer who owned the farm at Graskop in the 1870s and was the peace-keeper in the local lowveld community. The community saw it a fitting way to give back to him by honouring his name along the peaceful pass.

The pass is also one of the most dramatic in Mpumalanga, as it rises 610m above the level of the Olifants river, and then drops 335m down to the level of the Ohrigstad river. Driving the pass is the perfect way to lazily take in the breathtaking Mpumalanga scenery on a not-to-be-forgotten trip in the Mpumalanga lowveld.

Getting there: the Abel Erasmus Pass forms part of the modern R36 road between Lydenburg and Burgersfort. From Gauteng, take the N4 going East into Mpumalanga. At Belfast, turn onto the R540. Follow the R540 until it meets up with the R36 in Lydenburg. Continue along the R36 to the Abel Erasmus Pass going into Ohrigstad.

More info on the town of Ohrigstad More info on the Panorama Route area



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