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An engineering feat!

One should start this pass in Uniondale so that you drive through the scenic Uniondale Poort before... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Rowena P

What a great way to view the forests, see some great places and maybe stop for a picnic or a braai... read more

Reviewed September 10, 2018
Randburg, South Africa
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Built by Thomas Bain in the 1860's, the Prince Alfred Pass (R339) is a dirt/gravel mountain pass between Knysna/Plettenbergbay and Avontuur/Uniondale. It is a scenic route with spectacular views and interesting flora. Please note that this is not a...more
R339 Prince Alfred Street, Knysna 6139, South Africa
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Reviewed November 12, 2014

this is not a route for the feint hearted, it's rough in places and very narrow in others with sharp blind corners. But for all of this it is a great gravel pass with spectacular scenery that goes from indigenous forest to fynbos mountain slopes....More

5  Thank GravelRoadAdventures
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Reviewed February 26, 2014

Not for the nervous. Can be scary, very narrow in parts, if it has been raining definitely stay away unless you are an experienced 4 x 4 driver. Fabulous scenery, when you have time to look whilst gripping the steering wheel. Never ending up and...More

6  Thank BillN33
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One should start this pass in Uniondale so that you drive through the scenic Uniondale Poort before getting to the Pass. Going down the pass is a bit of an adventure. It is a gravel road and is quite narrow in places. It is a...More

Thank Rowena P
Reviewed September 10, 2018

What a great way to view the forests, see some great places and maybe stop for a picnic or a braai. Very clean areas to stop over and all attractions well marked.

1  Thank SonjavT
Reviewed September 1, 2018

This is a beautiful drive. Be sure to fill up beforehand. Chat to some locals and stop at the local 'padstal' for some coffee and cake.

Thank Johanniev
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the most beautiful passes in South Africa. The pass connects the Klein Karoo with the Garden Route. We have driven the pass from Uniondale towards Knysna (R339). This is a gravel road of 80km and worth traveling slowly to enjoy the...More

Thank Abrie M
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

Build by Thomas Bain more than 150 years ago, this is a masterpiece of road and pass building, put it on your bucket list..

Thank TheNomadFarmer
Reviewed August 18, 2018

Ok so we took this road as an alternative route from Knysna to get to the R62 on our way back to Cape Town. We didn’t want to go back along the main coastal road as we had been staying in Knysna for several days...More

2  Thank Elrem62
Reviewed August 7, 2018

Magnificent and scenic. Well maintained pass . Incredible mountain structures. A feast for the eyes .

1  Thank Galemcallphotography
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

A truly incredible pass with breathtaking scenery. Although not tarred and slightly hair raising at one or two points for the more feint-hearted, it’s well worth the journey and is a must do for those more adventure inclined!

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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful drive. Quite a few changes in landscape and views. The road is good most of the way. A few big timber trucks near the Knysna side. We were driving in a Hilux minibus and the vehicle managed the potholes and ruts juts fine. It...More

Thank nickytravels2014
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

The Prince Alfred Hamlet pass offer a nice alternative between Knysna and Uniondale area. Allow for time to stop along the way.

Thank Stephanus B
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January 19, 2016|
Response from Y99AH | Reviewed this property |
Hi Buks, You will definitely be able to do it with an off-road trailer. I did it 20 years ago the firsrt time in a Toyota Cressida with a flimsy trailer. The trailer did not handle it well, but it was not built for... More