The Uitkyk Pass, Cederberg Wilderness, South Africa


At 1,000m above sea level, The Uitkyk Pass offers endless vistas of the unique Cederberg Mountains and is the gateway to the Northern Cederberg Wilderness Area

From the south, the Cederberg Range is approached by riding on a remote dirt road northeast of Ceres. Turn west at a solitary farm store and then north to enter a surreal wilderness of sandstone peaks. The views and rock formations are spectacular.

A night spent in the heart of the Cederberg Range allows you to enjoy the majestic solitude and huge night skies. To find the pass, continue north on the same dirt road into the heart of the wilderness area. The Uitkyk Pass is the passage between the southern and northern Cederberg

Wilderness. It also leads you to the Nieuwoudt Pass before descending into Clanwilliam and tarmac. The dirt roads can be technical on a big adventure bike with hard, rocky surfaces along with some loose gravel and occasional patches of shallow sand.

There are a few tight turns on climbs and descents, and it can also get quite slick after wet weather! There is very little traffic and the roads are wide enough in most places for the occasional vehicle you may meet to pass without stopping. At Clanwilliam, you can celebrate your achievement with a large slice of cake and a cup of the famous Rooibos tea at the Rooibos Tea House.

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The Uitkyk Pass is just one of the Greatest Roads you can ride with Motorrad Tours. Motorrad Tours is an independent tour operator, which specialises in taking the hassle out of the planning and logistics of riding the world’s greatest motorcycle routes, without taking away your freedom to ride and explore. You can ride the Uitkyk Pass on their two-week African Odyssey Tour en route from Cape Town, South Africa to Windhoek, Namibia. To find out more visit