The Montagu Pass, built in 1848 made crossing the Outeniqua Mountains a relatively easy task.
However, the Montagu Pass was on the ‘other’ side of George and the people of Mossel Bay became restless in their demands for a pass over the mountains of their own.
After some failed attempts to build a pass along the lines of the Ruytersbosch Pad, the people of Mossel Bay threw in the towel.
Along came Thomas Bain, sent by the colonial government after he had completed the Prince Alfred’s Pass near Knysna. He extended the route taken by the locals and joined up with the Attaquas Kloof road.
Opened in 1869, it was reconstructed and surfaced between 1958 and 1963. The wide road and gentle curves take some magic away from the pass, which means that it is not as beautiful as some of the others in the extended area, but it is nevertheless still a wonderful pass well worth the time to investigate. It has some enchanting scenery, with the pine forests lining the hills and mountainsides.
Robinson Pass forms a part of a number of routes one may undertake to experience the true beauty of the Cape Mountain Passes.
As a suggestion, spend a night in Mossel Bay, preferably at the renowned Eight Bells, travel over the Robinson Pass into Oudsthoorn, then travel through Schoemanspoort, over the majestic Swartberg Pass. Take in some lunch at the quaint Prince Albert village, and return over the Kredouw Pass. Then take your time through what has to be one of the Cape’s most beautiful natural sights, Meiringspoort. Stop for coffee in de Rust and then through Oudsthoorn over the Outeniqua Pass.
This wonderfully modern pass offers the traveler ample opportunity to stop and get lost in the awesome beauty of the Outeniqua Mountains.
Spend the night in George and then the following day head back over the Outeniqua Mountains via the Montagu Pass. Head on to Uniondale. The road towards this rustic town is straight and bordered by a stretch of mountains delivering scenery that is hard to surpass.
Head over the Potjiesberg Pass, stop for a bite in Uniondale and then spend some quality time in the Uniondale Poort, heading on back to George, or alternatively veering off towards the 7 Passes Road between George and Knysna.
The choices are wide and varied, but beautiful and awe inspiring whichever the route one chooses.