Swartberg Pass, Oudtshoorn

Considered one of the world's top scenic drives, Swartberg Pass is a steep gravel road in the Swartberg Mountains known for its hairpin bends. Built in the late 19th century to link the Great Karoo plains with Little Karoo, the pass remains a popular attraction, boasting scenic views of arid valleys and towering peaks. Navigating the sharp turns of the narrow road, you'll encounter historic sites, striking red-tinted cliffs, and a variety of plant species. Put Swartberg Pass on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Oudtshoorn tour itinerary maker.
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  • Well worth the rocky drive to the top of the pass and over the other side. The views are great. Also good to get out and walk a bit to really feel the scale. The best thing to do is hike with a guide.  more »
  • The Swartberg Pass is amazing but do it in a 4x4. We did it from Prince Albert side, but you can do it from the Oudtshoorn side too. It is slow of necessity.  more »
  • Stunning mountain pass with some tough gravel and oads (if you're in a small Ford) Breathtaking views, and at times you feel quite tiny amidst the mountains  more »
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