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Swartberg Pass

Oudtshoorn, South Africa
+27 44 801 8289
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Full-Day Swartberg Mountain Tour from Oudtshoorn
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Half-Day Swartberg Pass Tour from Oudtshoorn
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“prince albert” (70 reviews)
“gravel road” (64 reviews)
Oudtshoorn, South Africa
+27 44 801 8289
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Reviewed May 7, 2017 via mobile

Did this pass in the rain. Quite a bit hair raising in a torrential downpour without knowing what to expect around each bend. I stayed close enough to another vehicle with local number plates hoping that they would be more familiar with the route and...More

Thank Nabeel R
Reviewed May 6, 2017

However we drove the road from lainsburg through towerkop to Ziar and it was great the pass was beautiful and the gravel road ok.

Thank sunnyAlbany128
Reviewed May 5, 2017

On the day we traveled the clouds hung low. What a dramatic drive in and out of the clouds. What we loved the most was taking stops along the way to do some bird watching and were lucky to see a family of rock hoppers.

Thank Robin L
Reviewed May 3, 2017

This is a must do spot when in the Karoo although if given a choice I would take the day tour so you can enjoy it more. Intense concentration required if driving it yourself and you don;t know what you are looking at. You cannot...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2017 via mobile

Spectacular scenery on a rather narrow pass climbing rapidly. Worth a daytrip if in area as there are beautiful green valleys below.

Thank Adele E
Reviewed May 1, 2017

Road from Prince Albert side was quite busy. Obviously gravel road and narrow at parts with sharp corners. They had a fire in that area some time prior to my visit, but it still was quite worth the drive. Beautiful views, some great places for...More

Thank NamibDust
Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

I had been looking forward to driving the pass for months. We arrived in oudtshoorn 2 weeks after a flash flood which had washed a large portion of the pass away. However, it was still possible to drive up and over the top from the...More

Thank Anna C
Reviewed April 29, 2017 via mobile

Woke up early one morning and drove this stunning pass. It is magnificent. Take time to google the history, very interesting. Will def do it again.

Reviewed April 28, 2017

We did the pass up to the turn off to The Hell. (Gamkaskloof). The pass is fine up to that point. The damage is closer to Prince Albert and will take many months to repair.

Thank Dman001
Reviewed April 19, 2017

The road is rough but it is good to drive and you can do it with a normal car. The view is amazing, take some time to stop often

Thank Markus G
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November 11, 2017|
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Response from Bennett B | Reviewed this property |
That will not be a problem at all. Just take it easy if you are going down the mountain to The Hell.
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.
Huiyee L
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