Oliviershoek Pass (R74) Re-Opens
(as at October 2016)
Towards the end of 2015, the R74 which is a beautiful and picturesque alternate route from Harrismith to Champagne Castle Hotel (via Bergville and Winterton), re-opened after years of roadworks and re-surfacing.
The R74 is an alternate route to the N3 which is often closed due to snow or heavy vehicle accidents over Van Reenen’s Pass. While the road has been in a deplorable condition since 2009, it is now re-surfaced and in a stunning condition. There is still some very minor work being done on patches of the road on the Bergville side of Sterkfontein dam.
Travel along the N3, past Pietermaritzburg and through Mooi River. You will pass the Wagendrift Dam on your left, and keep going until you reach the EXIT 179 Estcourt (North) Turnoff. Turn left at the glide-off, and carry on through Loskop for 28kms. Please note there are lots of cattle and animals, be careful! You will reach a crossroads, with a sign saying R600 Central Drakensberg, turn left. Follow this road for 11kms, and Champagne Sports is situated on the left hand side.
A) Freeway Route:
Johannesburg to Van Reenen’s Pass on the N3.
Pass through the Tugela Toll Plaza which is at the bottom of Van Reenen’s Pass.
Continue approximately 14 kilometers to the R616 BERGVILLE turn off, proceed left on the N11 towards Ladysmith for approximately 4 kilometers and turn right onto the R600 Spioenkop / Winterton Rd.
Travel along over the highway, and past Spioenkop Lodge / Nature Reserve.
When you reach a T-Junction, turn left to Winterton.
Take a right over the railway line (R600) when you get into Winterton.
This is directly opposite the Engen garage. Follow that road until you reach the crossroads at Thokozisa.
Go straight over the crossroads and travel a further 11 kms, until you see Champagne Sports on your left hand side.
B) Scenic Route:
CAUTION: Do not follow this route in wet or freezing conditions
Johannesburg to Harrismith on N3. At Harrismith turn right onto the N5 towards BETHLEHEM/BLOEMFONTEIN.
Proceed for ± 5km, turn left onto the R712 QWA-QWA/BERGVILLE road.
Proceed for ± 10kms.
Turn left again on the BERGVILLE/OLIVIERSHOEK PASS (R74) road.
Continue past Sterkfontein dam, down Oliviershoek Pass, straight through Bergville and onto Winterton.
At Winterton turn right onto the R600, CENTRAL BERG road, which is directly opposite the Engen garage; proceed for ± 13km to the crossroad junction at Thokozisa. Cross straight over and continue for ± 11.4 km.
The Hotel is situated on the left hand side.
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