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Swartberg Pass

Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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Reviewed yesterday

My wife would not let me continue after the road became gravel but we met others who had done it in a saloon. Next time I will hire a 4x4 so I don't miss the experience

Thank Quality2
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were recommended to go up this pass by a well travelled friend! The views on a clear day are breathtaking but also is the drive up in a car. It is mostly a potholed rough dirt track so a jeep or 4x4 would have...More

Thank Emily O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At present only open from Oudtshoorn side,but still worth a visit and consider a short walk up Die Top for even more spectacular views. In the winter take an extra top for when you get out your car at the top and a flask of...More

Thank debbiesE7238HQ
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's kind of fun driving your car on the gravel road with bumps, holes and tracks. Easy and relaxed driving, there was little traffic when we were there. We only drove the south part from Oudtshoorn to the pas; the north side was closed. Nice...More

Thank RBR-66
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a drive! We went from the Cango Caves to the top point of the Swartberg Pass and enjoyed the scenery but windy drive all the way up. You can even go hiking, if you have applied for a permission ahead. It can be tricky...More

Thank I H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent 3 weeks driving around South Africa .There are many amazing roads and passes but this is one of the best . Great vistas and a good road . You feel like you are in a "top Gear" episode.

Thank mark w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have driven the Swartberg pass a few times, and each time the beautiful views have made it worthwhile. Gravel road with some sharp bends but the beautiful fold mountains on the Prince Albert side are mesmerizing. The last time we stopped near the top for...More

Thank NikkiSCT
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Still one of our great heritage passes. When you reach the top the views are spectacular. The roads are in good condition. When we were there it was snowing and the roads are still in good condition.

Thank Richard D D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lucky to have had a good snow fall. Unfortunate pass was closed on the Prince Albert side, but the snow was amazing.

Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

Some amazing views from this drive, some of the road has washed away so you cannot do the hole pass but still worth the drive up to it for the views you get from the mountains

Thank Bobby C
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March 20, 2017|
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Response from heineraudrey | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Your car will be fine drive slowly and enjoy the view. Even though there were severe fires it still remains an impressive sight. Maybe it will have a few green patches by then. Enjoy.
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October 1, 2016|
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Response from Ballechin | Reviewed this property |
I would take a whole day to travel the pass and you must travel the whole pass to get= the real feel how beautiful it is and then travel back via Meirings poort Stop at Prince Albert for lunch . You wont regret not rushing... More
September 1, 2016|
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Response from heineraudrey | Reviewed this property |
If you take your time and take photos plus minus 2 hours.