A beautiful tarred pass from Calvinia to Vanrhynsdorp designed by Thomas Bain. Total distance is of 119km in length and climbs up to 825m above sea level, producing an average gradient of 1:15 with the steepest sections being at
l:12. This is a well engineered pass with a good safety record providing you stick to the speed limits. This is amongst the top 10 passes of the Northern Cape and is a must drive offering grand views, tight chicane style corners and lots of variety. The pass is named after Petrus Benjamin Van Rhyn - a clergyman, politician and member of parliament in the old mission settlement of Troe-Troe. The town's name was changed in 1881 to Vanrhynsdorp.