The Khyber Pass

Yes we have one too. Our Khyber Pass is located in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands just outside the little town of Howick. It’s not amazingly high or long or treacherous but is as beautiful, quiet and offers amazing views of the Karkloof Mountains and you climb the side of De Magtenburg mountain. At the base, just at the turnoff to the SAPPI plantations is a monument to a guy by the name of John Goodman Household and his achievement of making the first flight in South Africa. It seems that, between about 1871 and 1875, John  Household made at least 2 successful flights in a glider from a ridge in the Karkloof. (For those that want more info on this there is a lovely account of things here.

Yes we have one too. Our Khyber Pass is located in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands just outside the little town of Howick. It’s not amazingly high or long or treacherous but is as beautiful, quiet and offers amazing views of the Karkloof Mountains and you climb the side of De Magtenburg mountain. At the base, just at the turnoff to the SAPPI plantations is a monument to a guy by the name of John Goodman Household and his achievement of making the first flight in South Africa. It seems that, between about 1871 and 1875, John  Household made at least 2 successful flights in a glider from a ridge in the Karkloof. (For those that want more info on this there is a lovely account of things here.

The two 'Africa Singles' - Crf250l's - parked up checking out the little dam near the top of the Khyber Pass - a great ride up some good gravel. Great views must be viewed!.KwaZulu Natal Midlands. South Africa
The two ‘Africa Singles’ – Crf250l’s – parked up checking out the little dam near the top of the Khyber Pass – a great ride up some good gravel. Great views must be viewed! KwaZulu Natal Midlands. South Africa

Anyway, its a lovely ride. Take the P141 out of Howick towards the Karkloof and turn left onto the D293 a kilometre or so after the Karkloof Club. Follow you nose and eventually, after summiting both the pass and, later, Elliot’s Nek you’ll come to the P165. There are a couple of options here: Turn left and it takes you back to Howick. En route you’ll pass Terbodore Coffee (worth a stop) or you could turn right onto the P165 and immediately left onto the P144 towards Balgowan. Watch out for slippery bits on this road (in the shade) and some of the corners are not a constant radius, tightening up as you go into them. I’ve been caught out before and still have the scars to prove it.

Here we are again at the top of a hill. This time looking back at the building hail storm over Howick. Luckily we were the spectators for that one! Bottom line - if you have a bike, take the time to get out and watch the world - rural world if possible! KwaZulu Natal Midlands. South Africa

This is the top of Elliot’s Neck – not far from the Curry’s Post road and close enough to Terbadore for coffee! Get some coffee – why? Because you can and it’s great!

After you cross the N3 you’ll climb up a gentle hill and you’ll want to fork left onto the P133, heading past Ardmore Ceramics and Caversham Mill, joining up with the R102. Just down the road is Piggly Wiggly (always very busy) and, in Lions River just down the road, Steampunk Coffee (our favourite) .

From there – follow your nose and enjoy.

Roger and Pat de la Harpe and Bruce Houghting.

This is the top of Elliot's Neck - not far from the Curry's Post road and close enough to Terbadore for coffee! Get some coffee - why? Because you can and it's great!
Looking back towards Howick from the top of a hill near Curry’s Post – watching the hailstorm which we were lucky enough to miss…

 

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