The Munro Drive
The Munro Drive is a short pass that connects Lower Houghton and Houghton Estate with Upper Houghton and Yeoville. It is a scenic circuitous road, and leads from Houghton Drive in Lower Houghton to Elm St in Upper Houghton.
It is a very steep route of about 900 metres and one of the very few passes in South Africa of less than one km. There is just one hairpin curved bend.
Munro Drive was completed in 1918 and one takes the road from Houghton Drive leading up the hill to the right at an incline of perhaps 30 degrees, with a steep gradient. There are houses on either side of the road and the higher you go the more impressive the view site. Reaching the turn to the next level, you encounter a remarkable crafted dressed stone wall cut from the local quartz. As one turns the bend and heads back up to the next level, almost bending back on the road, take a close look at the rock formations to the right – here there is an excellent view of the geology of the ridge.
The cutting through the quartz rock was an essential part of the property development enterprises of Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Company. JCI owned the land of Houghton Estate. The name honoured John Munro, a director of JCI. John Munro was a Scottish immigrant born in Tain, Ross-shire, Scotland who came to South Africa on account of his health and arrived in Johannesburg in 1892 with the Barnato Brothers.
At the top of Munro drive there is a parking area to enable you to enjoy the view over all of Lower Houghton, Killarney flatland and Saxonwold. It’s a magical Johannesburg sight in October when the jacarandas are out. Better still, at midnight it is a romantic spot looking out at the city lights of the north.
The coordinates take you to the viewpoint parking.
1. There is a specific shape in the centre of the metal fence at the viewpoint parking. Send a message centre message or email to the cache owner describing this shape, and stating how many of them there are in total.
2. Publish a photo, or email one to the cache owner, proving you enjoyed the view, whether it shows your face, your phone, your gps, your geocaching mascot or talisman, just something to prove you got there.
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