The first leg on the Wrangler All-Terrain 4×4 Adventure embarked from Herolds Bay, where the Oubaai Hotel is situated. Herolds Bay is named after the first Dutch Reformed Minister of George, Tobias Johannes Herold.
The 40.5 kilometer route took us past the George Airport on the way to the Seven Passes road which was the main road between George and Knysna from 1867 to 1952 when the N2 was opened. In 1970 Seven Passes was declared a National Monument.
Thoma Bain built Seven Passes over the course of 15 years. The pass negotiates ten rivers and seven gorges hence the name ‘Seven Passes’.
On the Seven Passes one encounters indigenous tree species including Outeniqua yellowwood, stinkwood and ironwood.
The Woodville Big Tree, an Outeniqua Yellowwood, is over 800 years old. It is 33 meters high and the trunk circumference is 12 meters.
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