Van Reenens Pass Accommodation

Van Reenen's Pass refers to a section of the large N3 highway which connects Johannesburg in Gauteng and Durban in KwaZulu Natal. The pass, which reaches an altitude of 1768 metres at its highest point, is among the busiest transport links in South Africa and is usually buzzing with trucks, busses and smaller vehicles. It is also one of the most spectacular sections of the N3 highway dishing up breath-taking vistas for its full 36,3 kilometres.

The section of the N3 occupied by the Van Reenen's Pass crosses the Drakensberg Mountains and is situated between the gorgeous town of Ladysmith in northern KwaZulu Natal, and Harrismith in the Free State Province.  The entire route is dotted with historical sites, awe-inspiring lookout points and some lovely farmlands.

The pass is named after Frans Van Reenen, who farmed at the base of the pass. He owned the farm on which the town of Van Reenen was established and was responsible for planning the route which Van Reenen's Pass takes. When the pass was initially built, it was used primarily by farmers moving their herds from the interior to the coast and back again. Later it was used to deliver supplies to the gold mines in the interior.

Today, one of the most note-worthy sights along the pass includes Windy Corner - a lookout point which has views of the mountains as well as KwaZulu Natal's Anglo-Boer Battlefield Route in the distance. The famous Barefoot Lady/ Kaalvoet Vrou statue commemorates Susanna Smit, the sister of a Boer leader, who famously pronounced that she would rather hike barefoot over the pass back to the Free State than stay in KwaZulu Natal under British rule. The Llandaff Oratary is widely considered the smallest Catholic Church in the world, built by a father in tribute to his son.

These sights and many more await you on Van Reenen's Pass, but make sure that you drive carefully as the pass is notorious for trucking accidents.

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Oban Guest Farm
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As your hosts at Oban I would like to take the time to give you a little background into how we came to be heading up this amazing Olde world farm that has been going since the beginning of the centur... More Info

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We have 5 en suite rooms at Oaklands Country Manor, each of which sleeps 2 people. Take in the beautiful country setting and fresh mountain air from a private outdoor patio, or enjoy a cosy night in ... More Info

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Highlands Farm Estate
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Van Reenens Pass
Van Reenen is a lovely place with beautiful vistas of the Drakensberg Mountains. Very highly recommendable is a visit to the The Little Church (also called the world's smallest church) and the Tea Garden and Gift Centre.
- Linette Van Der Merwe

Van Reenens Pass
Van Reenens Pass on a motorcycle....things dreams are made of.
- Andre Kiewiet

Van Reenens Pass
I was amazed at how beautiful the place was wvwn though it was winter.
- Wynne Adlard

Van Reenens Pass
Fantastic views
- Debbie Van Den Berg

Van Reenens Pass
The beauty of Van Reenen is outstanding - time stands still here and we love the peace & tranquility of the area!
- Cynthia Ellwood