The forgotten pass

We stumbled upon this forgotten and now closed pass with a friend. It feels like time stood still and you are the only person on earth traveling here. Mother nature has begun here reclaiming of what was  hers once. The road is overgrown and partially lost to nature. This is one magical piece of road with as many photo opportunities as your mind can dream off.


I try to live my life where I end up at a point where I have no regrets. Part of this philosophy made me find many forgotten dirt tracks and back roads. I just cant drive past an interesting looking turnoff with the thought of “I should have taken that road”. That would bug me endlessly thinking of what the experience should have been like.


This pass winds through the Outeniekwa mountains and has many twists and turns and around every bend, a more beautiful sight awaits you. There are many mountain streams with deep rock pools and the most beautiful trees.

Its in these rock pools that you touch base with your inner child. For a fleeting moment you are 10 again without any fears and or worries.  Often the inner child holds information and feelings for the adult. Some of these feelings are painful; others are actually fun. The inner child holds the playfulness and innocence the adult has had to bury a long time ago.

Explore back roads, swim naked in isolated rock pools far away from civilization and let out your inner child to guide you to inner peace and happiness.

 To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience places like this and to see everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which you are left in awe with what mother nature has to offer. To just lie on your back on a road not being used anymore and to take in the smells, sounds and feelings in a place where time stands still. Our happiest moments in life seem to be when we discover a jewel like this in search of the mundane and normal stuff of daily life.

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