My (Stephen) Day 5 drive, although seeming short, time wise, only covered about 40km of road, some of it surprisingly good. the road from the Matabeng Pass to Qacha’s neck is actually very well maintained. The Pass however is a rule unto its self. it climbs 800m from the west, to decend 700m on the eastern side, the road is effectively built over an emmense mountain saddle.
In the process of climbing the pass i even managed to get into an accident with a 4×4 combi, for those of you who have used free wheel hubs. he was in 4×4, hubs set to free :). he had managed to get up the pass half way, and i assume done the trip many times before. He was overjoyed when we engadged 4×4 for him properly, and was terribly sorry about rolling into me while i was trying to pass… Thankfully damage is minor and superficial. Praise the Lord nothing major happened.