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- Winterberg Mountain Inn
Winterberg Mountain Inn is geleê in 'n plaasgemeenskap by die ingang tot Michellspas en sowat 100m van die Breederivier af. Weens al die water in die omgewing beskik die area oor 'n ryk voëllewe. Bring jou stapskoene en wandelstok saam en gaan verken die ou waroete wat in die 18de eeu die hoofroete na Ceres en die diamantvelde in die noorde was
If you enter Ceres via Wolseley and Michell’s Pass, you will be privelaged to travel on a beautiful stretch of road of which the ground work was laid by well-known South African road-building pioneers like Jan Mostert (late-1700’s) and Andrew Geddes-Bain (mid-1800’s).
The first access road to Ceres, the old Mostert’s Hoek Pass (1765), was constructed by Jan Mostert, one of the earliest European settlers this side of Tulbagh. The 13km stretch of road was even then still very rugged. Wagons passing through had to be unpacked and dismantled and transported on foot for parts of the way. This road was in use for about 80 years and traces of it can still be seen today.
In 1830, Charles Michell surveyed Mostert’s Hoek Pass with the aim of improving access to Ceres. Michell’s Pass was constructed in the place of the Mostert’s Hoek Pass by Andrew Geddes-Bain in 1846, with the assistance of 240 convicts.
The new pass followed along the bank of the Breede River, all the way to the Warm Bokkeveld. The pass reduced the travel time from Cape Town to Beaufort West from 20 to 12 days, and also made it possible to do the route by horse-dra
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