N12 road (South Africa)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from N12 (South Africa))
Jump to: navigation, search

National route N12 shield

National route N12
The N12 at Perseboom Drift in Meiringspoort as it passes through the Swartberg
Route information
Maintained by SANRAL
Major junctions
Southwest end: N2 near George
  N9 near George
N1 near Beaufort West
N1 at Three Sisters
N10 at Britstown
N8 in Kimberley
N18 at Warrenton
N1 near Soweto
N3 at Alberton
N3 at Bedfordview
Northeast end: N4 in Witbank
Major cities: George, Oudtshoorn, Beaufort West, Kimberley, Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom, Johannesburg, Germiston, Witbank
Highway system

Numbered routes of South Africa

N11 N14

The N12 is a national route in South Africa which runs from George through Beaufort West, Kimberley, Klerksdorp and Johannesburg to Witbank[1] It is maintained by the South African National Roads Agency


The road starts in George in the Western Cape and ends in Witbank in Mpumalanga. The road runs roughly from south to north, however, once it passes Kimberley in the Northern Cape, it gradually turns eastward. Only the section between Soweto and Witbank is a limited access dual motorway. The section between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom is a dual carriage highway.

Meiringspoort Pass[edit]

The Meiringspoort section in the Swartberg between De Rust and Klaarstroom follows the gorge cut by the Groot River. It is a scenic drive crossing twelve old drifts (replaced by bridges today). From De Rust one will cross the drifts in the following order: Spook drift, Boesman drift, Nooiensboom drift, Dubble Drif se Draai, Ou tol drift, Wa drift, Witfontein se drift, Ontploffings drift, Perskeboom drift, Wasgat drift, Eerste/Laaste drift.[2][3]


  • Herrie's Stone, Meiringspoort. The writer C.J. Langenhoven chiselled the name of the elephant Herrie from his book Sonde met die Bure, on this rock in July 1929.[4]


  1. ^ Falkner, John (May 2012). South African Numbered Route Description and Destination Analysis (Report). National Department of Transport. pp. 27–30. Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  2. ^ G. Ross: Romance of Cape Mountain Passes. New Africa Books. 2004. ISBN 0864866631, 9780864866639. p.89.
  3. ^ Meiringspoort pass
  4. ^ "Herrie's Stone, Meiringspoort, Oudtshoorn District - 9/2/068/0010". South African Heritage Resource Agency. 

External links[edit]