On our way back yesterday from our weekend in Cape St Francis I decided to see if the Van Stadens Pass is open for traffic since the road has been fixed. What a delight it was to see that after several years of being closed to traffic the pass was open again. Driving down the vegetation changes from fynbos and bush to indigenous forest. Stopping at the old bridge at the bottom, one can get out and look up at the arch bridge which was opened in 1971. What a view. I even saw two Knysna Loeries fly across the road at the bottom.
The unfortunate part of the Van Stadens Bridge is that it is also known as the suicide bridge or bridge of death. Over 70 people have jumped off the bridge since opening, the last one just last week.