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This road is so remote that for many years a public telephone was maintained at its summit, but with the advent of mobile technology it has fallen into disrepair.
The number of travellers who have had to be given emergency shelter by Jean-Marie Naude at Vrederus could fill a book.
If you are staying in the Wartrail area, chances are you will do this as an out-and-back trip.
So, pack a picnic lunch and make the most of your day.
The exception is the Baster Voetslaan Pad and the road from Mount Fletcher to the top of Naude’s Neck, for which a 4x4 is essential.
Always ask the locals about road conditions, and heed their advice.
After a while it crosses the Bell River, from where it is a short drive to the town or Rhodes.
Of all the passes in the area, Naude’s Neck is arguably the one that is most often underestimated.
That said, in general these passes can be tackled in a regular 2x4 vehice, but high clearance is definitely required.If you are planning to do this trip as an out-and-back, be sure to crest the neck, with its panoramic views of the Maloti Mountains, and follow the course of the river for at least some distance.Some of the most beautiful countryside lies hidden in this remote valley.The Drakensberg is one of those revered places in South Africa where real adventurers go to get their boots dirty, and are rewarded by scenery and natural splendour of legendary beauty.However, not every holiday can include a 5-day hike with a 1,500m climb, and for that reason the Eastern Cape Highlands merits a closer look.
It is more likely to take you four or five hours to complete.