Tintwa Pass

Tintwa passs / Middldale pass

Tintwa passs / Middldale pass

The Tintwa Pass is known as the S1101 and connects the farming areas north of Bergville with the upper plateaux of the Free State around Swinburne, Van Reenen and Harrismith. Some references list the Middledale Pass and the Tintwa pass as being the same pass. Together they are virtually one long pass with a plateau joining the middle. With an average gradient of 1:48 this is a safe Drakensberg pass for most vehicles except in very wet weather.

The Drakensberg has four main valleys – Champagne valley, Cathedral Peak & Didima Valley, Royal Natal National Park & Amphitheatre and the Middledale Valley in the Northern Drakensberg. The Middledale Valley is also known as the “The Lost Valley”. In this remote part of the Drakensberg is a unique geographical feature, repeated only at “Die Hel” in the Gamkaskloof. This was the home of a white ‘tribe’ descended from Piet Retief’s Voortrekkers as they came into Natal via Retief’s Pass. Of historical interest is an old man-made suspension bridge, still in working order, at the bottom of the 4×4 trail into the Lost Valley. At Retief’s Pass and Voortrekker Pass you will find a statue “Kaalvoet Vroue” (Barefoot Woman), commemorating the 1837 entry into Natal by Retief.

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