R40, South Africa
R535, South Africa
Kowyns Pass is another Top 10 Mpumalanga pass, with stunning views and an altitude drop of 512m through the Drakensberg escarpment over 7,8 km., producing an average gradient of 1:15. This is a steep pass in places with gradients in excess of 1:11 and is on route R533. Completed in October 1959 and named after a local Sotho chief, Koveni who controlled the land along the track. The area around the pass is truly 'out of this world' with a wide range of attractions for a bike rider and traveller.
Portions of this video are actual Strava segments