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4x4 Trail | Traversing the Bastervoetpad Pass in a Toyota Hilux Legend RS

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The Grade 2 Volunteershoek Pass requires judicious driving skills.
The Grade 2 Volunteershoek Pass requires judicious driving skills.
Nick Yell

• The Toyota Hilux Legend RS 2.8 GD-6 4x4 DC AT makes a steady steed for the Bastervoetpad Pass.
• The Pass is rated as one of the top eight highest in altitude in the Eastern Cape.
• The Pass winds through the south-eastern arm of the Drakensberg, a route pioneered by Adam Kok III's "Kommissie Trek" in 1862.
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Sometimes you really just need to listen to your gut. I realise this halfway up an unnamed pass. connecting our farm stay (Glengyle) to the neighbouring farm (Balloch) in the exquisite Eastern Cape Highlands. The message my gut had rumbled earlier was to stick with Plan A, and not to add to our already crammed itinerary.

As locals are used to, our host indicated it was dead simple and wouldn't take long, we just needed to stay on the twee spoor until we came to Balloch Farm, and then turn right onto the gravel track to Volunteershoek Pass - one of four high-altitude passes Annette and I had earmarked for the day in our borrowed Toyota Hilux Legend RS 2.8 GD-6 4x4 DC AT. 

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