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Attraction Name: Attaqua’s Kloof Pass – (The Old Passes before the Montagu Pass)
CATEGORY:: Natural Attractions
Type: Mountain Passes
Description of Attraction: The first pass over the Outeniqua Mountains was described by Ensign Isaac Schrijver as early as 1689 when he was sent by the Castle of Good Hope with the mission of finding Khoi tribes in the area in order to trade for cattle and sheep.

The Outeniqua Mountains presented a seemingly impenetrable barrier to the interior, but Schrijver was shown an elephant track near Hagelkraal, close to Hartenbos near Mossel Bay (about 30 kilometres west of where George is situated), this path was however impossible to negotiate because of the thick vegetation.

Eight men and all the Khoi guides spent a day hacking, clearing and burning the bush before it was possible to get a wagon through. This became known as Attaqua’s Kloof Pass, after a tribe of Koi living in the area, and was to serve as one of the main routes to the interior for a century and a half.

Early explorers like Thunberg, Sparrman, Swellengrebel and Van Plettenberg made use of this pass to enter the Langkloof on their way to the frontier. In 1989 the Simon van der Stel Foundation erected a commemorative plaque in this historic pass.

Source: Montagu Pass. Published by George Museum Society.
Photo: Trailrider
Town: Mossel Bay
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
Posted / Updated: Oct 25, 2015
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Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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