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Crossing the rails unguarded

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While driving on my Fall Phototour of South Africa on my Way to Cradock, I tried to get a bit off the beaten track. The turnoff is just outside Burgersdorp on the Eastern Cape, and this stretch of road on the R397 was actually one of the nicest experiences of the trip. It is not a hardened surface, but I could comfortably drive at around 80 to 100 km/h without taking any risks. I drove for around three hours on this and other sideroads and only encountered three cars during that whole time. Gorgeous!

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Bilder in der Nähe von South Africa

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A: Sentinel Blockhouse in Burgersdorp

von Gideon van Zyl, 9.6 entfernt

When War borke out between the Boer Republics and the British Forces in South Africa, England contrac...

Sentinel Blockhouse in Burgersdorp

B: Fall Sun rising over Gariep Dam

von Gideon van Zyl, 92.8 entfernt

Touring through South Africa, I took a break one night at the Gariep Dam. I woke up the next morning ...

Fall Sun rising over Gariep Dam

C: A quiet setting In Zastron

von Gideon van Zyl, 112.8 entfernt

At the time of taking this panorama, I have been on a tour of SOuth Africa aimed of creating panorama...

A quiet setting In Zastron

D: Otto Du Plessis Pass

von David du Plessis, 116.3 entfernt

One of the most beautiful mountain passes in the Eastern Cape to drive. It offers spectacular views i...

Otto Du Plessis Pass

E: Compassberg Summit View

von Nadine Bongers, 184.4 entfernt

Compassberg Summit View

F: Kitchen

von Mikhail Volkov, 190.4 entfernt

Kitchen

G: 2

von Mikhail Volkov, 190.4 entfernt

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H: Vanderkloof Dam

von Christiaan Prertorius, 193.2 entfernt

Vanderkloof Dam

I: Vanderkloof Dam Overflowing

von Christiaan Prertorius, 193.3 entfernt

Vanderkloof Dam Overflowing

J: Vanderkloof Dam

von Christiaan Prertorius, 193.3 entfernt

Vanderkloof Dam

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Text by Steve Smith.

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