Prince Alfred Pass
Prince Alfred Pass
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Built by Thomas Bain in the 1860s, the Prince Alfred Pass (R339) is a dirt/gravel mountain pass between Knysna/Plettenberg Bay and Avontuur/Uniondale. It is a scenic route with spectacular views and interesting flora. Please note that this is not a shortcut from the Langkloof to Knysna/Plettenberg Bay. Having been built about 150 years ago, parts of this historic pass is very winding and narrow. In some areas, the surface of the road is eroded and there are potholes along the way.
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  • Bertie d
    Boksburg, South Africa23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Majesty of Nature
    You need to set aside 4 hours to drive through this pass. This is not a trip or journey, it’s an experience! In some places you stop, switch off the engine and listen to the silence. Half way through you can stop at the plaaskind (farmchild) farm stall for a cup of coffee and something to eat.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 June 2023
  • Philip_Bolster
    Groningen, The Netherlands898 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views, but a frustrating drive. A real experience.
    This drive was suggested by Google maps, but this is definitely not a normal road. It took us much longer since the road was very bad, it was a very narrow gravel path with huge gorges at the side. Fortunately we did hardly encounter any ongoing cars. The views were stunning.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 October 2023
  • William Louw
    Benoni, South Africa8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Prince Alfred pass in a Toyota Etios
    Today after doing some online research for a while was the day. We drove the prince Alfred pass from Uniondale side to Knysna, in my little faithfull 1500 Toyota Etios. Let me tell you it was all good. The road is gravel, narrow in some spots with steep drops but boy what a ride. Stopped for cake, coffee and pies at the plaas kind padstal. After our quick stop it was onto Knysna. Guys, it takes time to drive, took us a good 3 hours to drive the 57odd kilometres. Max speed at times were between 30 and 40kms. If you in a hurry, stay on the highways, but if you wanna take some time and want to see some breath taking views, the Prince Alfred pass is a must do.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 December 2023
  • floridaherbie
    Marco Island, Florida223 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautyful canyons and rock formations.
    The road from Knysna to Avontuur was marked on our map as paved but it turned out after a few kilometers that was not true. We pressed forward anyway - driving an SUV. The pass itself offered some nice views over the mountain ranges but nothing spectacular. But when we arrived Die Vlug the amazing experience started - beautiful rock formations in deep canyons made the long and stressful drive just a memory. If you want to see that part only you would have to drive from Knysna to George and the highways N12, N9 and finally R62 to Avontuur. From there the dirt road to Prince Alfred Pass is the best part of that mountain crossing. Don't drive up to the Pass it's not worth it.
    Written 19 February 2024
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DublinWoody
County Kildare, Ireland68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
My wife and I travelled this pass heading south from Avontuur to Knysna on a Sunday in early March 2024. We were fortunate to have clear skies and warm weather throughout. This allowed us to appreciate the full splendour of the many breathtaking views and impressive engineering feat that Thomas Bain and the construction crew achieved.

In clear dry weather this pass is achievable in a normal sedan/saloon car, but I recommend using at least a 2-wheel drive SUV (as we used) to ensure you have sufficient ground clearance. If tackling the pass in wet weather then a 4 x 4 would be highly recommended.

If intending to use this pass I recommend familiarizing yourself beforehand with the excellent series of videos produced by Mountain Passes South Africa. This gives insight into what to expect and provides guidance on how best to drive the pass.
Written 4 April 2024
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floridaherbie
Marco Island, FL223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The road from Knysna to Avontuur was marked on our map as paved but it turned out after a few kilometers that was not true. We pressed forward anyway - driving an SUV. The pass itself offered some nice views over the mountain ranges but nothing spectacular. But when we arrived Die Vlug the amazing experience started - beautiful rock formations in deep canyons made the long and stressful drive just a memory. If you want to see that part only you would have to drive from Knysna to George and the highways N12, N9 and finally R62 to Avontuur. From there the dirt road to Prince Alfred Pass is the best part of that mountain crossing. Don't drive up to the Pass it's not worth it.
Written 19 February 2024
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alffromafrica
Prince Rupert, Canada3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
The degraded surface and lack of maintenance not only threatens the future of this road but also the surrounding environment. The scenery is stunning, the route is stunning but neglect has made the road near impassible for ordinary vehicles.
Written 19 December 2023
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William Louw
Benoni, South Africa8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Today after doing some online research for a while was the day. We drove the prince Alfred pass from Uniondale side to Knysna, in my little faithfull 1500 Toyota Etios.

Let me tell you it was all good. The road is gravel, narrow in some spots with steep drops but boy what a ride.

Stopped for cake, coffee and pies at the plaas kind padstal. After our quick stop it was onto Knysna.

Guys, it takes time to drive, took us a good 3 hours to drive the 57odd kilometres. Max speed at times were between 30 and 40kms. If you in a hurry, stay on the highways, but if you wanna take some time and want to see some breath taking views, the Prince Alfred pass is a must do.
Written 18 December 2023
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Philip_Bolster
Groningen, The Netherlands898 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
This drive was suggested by Google maps, but this is definitely not a normal road. It took us much longer since the road was very bad, it was a very narrow gravel path with huge gorges at the side. Fortunately we did hardly encounter any ongoing cars. The views were stunning.
Written 8 October 2023
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Bertie d
Boksburg, South Africa23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
You need to set aside 4 hours to drive through this pass. This is not a trip or journey, it’s an experience! In some places you stop, switch off the engine and listen to the silence. Half way through you can stop at the plaaskind (farmchild) farm stall for a cup of coffee and something to eat.
Written 6 June 2023
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Poppy M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
What an experience!!! The drive on that pass is definitely not for the fainthearted. It is breathtaking. The road is narrow and very scary. It is a one way traffic, gravel road. At some point there were two cars coming from the opposite direction. We had to stop, reverse and bend side mirrors for these cars to pass. We were all freaking out because of the gorges below. It took patience and cooperation of the drivers to be able to pass through. Sharp curves were even scarier. We had to drive at 20km or less to navigate the bends. The scenery was breathtaking. Never use the pass when you are in a hurry. It took us 4 hours to complete the stretch of 68.5km
Written 2 April 2023
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J Cain
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Did this route in February 2023. No 4x4 necessary. Road is corrugated with pot holes. Max speed is 40km/h, but usually about 25km/h. Narrow roads with extreme drops. Very hair raising. But also very beautiful and extreme nature. I it was worth it, but not again.
Written 12 February 2023
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Sandy F
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Road was pretty good after the rains..but best in a 4x4 simply due to some bumpy areas. However we passed 3 regular sedans going the opposite way, so they did manage. It was misty at the start (coming from Uniondale to Knysna) but that added to the beauty of the incredible rock formations and forests that make up the initial part of the pass. Some narrow areas to just be aware of.
incredible to think Thomas Bain built this in the 1800's!;
A lovely pass. So glad we did it.
Don't be fooled however..its not the fast route to Knysna. Its is the way worth going though
Written 6 January 2023
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Vasco L
Benoni, South Africa2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Drove the pass with a trailer from Uniondale to Plettenberg Bay, awesome route good to see that the graders were out smoothing the road out in sections. A must if you want to make the last part of the trip one with views before going to the beach!
Written 24 December 2022
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