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Swartberg Pass

Address: Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Oudtshoorn
Type: Scenic Drives, Outdoors
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Edinburgh, Scotland
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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately the day we drove over the pass there was a light mist at the top of the pass, so we missed out on the views from the top. However the views on the way up - we started from Oudtshoorn - were great as were the scenery and views on the way down to Prince Albert. A long stretch... More

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Moosburg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This is a spectacular route which you should definitely take if travelling in the area. Plan in enough time to be able to take pictures!

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

If you in Oudtshoorn take a day trip over the pass, you won't be sorry. The most stunning views of the Little Karoo and the gateway to the Great Karoo. Stop in Prince Albert for lunch before returning to Oudtshoorn via Meiringspoort

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West London
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115 reviews 115 reviews
74 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

Traveled through the Pass going between Oudsthoorn and Prince Albert. Crossed the top of the Pass in an amazing electrical storm. Stayed in Prince Albert overnight and went to investigate the Pass again next morning. Apparently the pass was created by lighting fires at the base of rocks blocking the way, heating the rock up and then pouring cold water... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

The Swartbergpass is really worth the tour. Gorgeous views! We had a 4x4 but most of the people drove around in a normal car. You will enjoy this!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

An absolutely mind-blowing drive; I can't recommend this highly enough. The rock formations on the Price Albert side of the pass are stunning!

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Hillcrest, South Africa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

After visiting the Cango Caves we wanted to get to Prince Albert and the quickest way was via the Swartberg Pass. What an awesome experience. Having experienced other mountain passes I can rate this one in the top 5. We have a normal vehicle and managed the pass without any difficulty. There was a lot of cloud on the top... More

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Windy hairpin bends and vast prehistoric walls of rock - an interesting and enjoyable drive. It wasn't a 'long' stretch but fun while it lasted.

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Humshaugh, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Fabulous drive through wild scenery with fantastic views. Great if you want to get off the beaten track. Driving conditions are fine even for the faint hearted" .

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Scotland
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121 reviews 121 reviews
50 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Having done it before from Prince Albert end. Did it again and the most eerie bit of it was 'De Top' visibility was about 50m... Due to cloud . So make sure you take photographs on the way up ..... The wall of fire is exceptional....

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