Swartberg Pass
Swartberg Pass
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  • Alok
    Johannesburg, South Africa32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful , Scenic and breathtaking Mountain pass, The Swatberg Pass.
    One of the most amazing and scenic place in SA, we did our trip in December 2022 started from oudtshoorn and the back to oudtshoorn via de rust. You can drive the main pass with most of car, we did that with CX3 with 156 mm ground clearence. For dehell 4x4 is mandatory . The scenes are amazing and weather in december gets hot, lot of places to take pictures, make food and eat snacks enjoying the scenic mountains. Its on of the most loveliest mountain pass in SA. You can complete the pass in 3-4 hours with hault, break , taking photos with ease from one way. The other way of prince albert is equally nice .
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 January 2024
  • Climber320397
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Swartberg Pass
    The Swartberg Pass is a must do experience. The views are exceptional and it is an amazing way to get to Oudtshoorn from Prince Albert. It is hard to believe how the pass was engineered so many years ago. Well worth it.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 February 2024
  • floridaherbie
    Marco Island, Florida215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outworldly experience!
    Driving from Cango Caves to the Swartberg Pass summit on an unpaved road is nothing for the faint hearted and you should do it at least with some kind of SUV - because of the clearance. The best part is the descending part to Port Albert with unbelievable rock formations, you think you are not on earth. Well worth the demanding drive!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 February 2024
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ThoggyP
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
One of the most spectacular roads I’ve ever been on so pleased we did it, albeit I had to be talked into it by my husband as I’m usually scared of heights but it was fabulous
Written 3 March 2024
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floridaherbie
Marco Island, FL215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Driving from Cango Caves to the Swartberg Pass summit on an unpaved road is nothing for the faint hearted and you should do it at least with some kind of SUV - because of the clearance. The best part is the descending part to Port Albert with unbelievable rock formations, you think you are not on earth. Well worth the demanding drive!
Written 19 February 2024
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Climber320397
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The Swartberg Pass is a must do experience. The views are exceptional and it is an amazing way to get to Oudtshoorn from Prince Albert. It is hard to believe how the pass was engineered so many years ago. Well worth it.
Written 7 February 2024
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Alok
Johannesburg, South Africa32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
One of the most amazing and scenic place in SA, we did our trip in December 2022 started from oudtshoorn and the back to oudtshoorn via de rust.

You can drive the main pass with most of car, we did that with CX3 with 156 mm ground clearence. For dehell 4x4 is mandatory .

The scenes are amazing and weather in december gets hot, lot of places to take pictures, make food and eat snacks enjoying the scenic mountains. Its on of the most loveliest mountain pass in SA. You can complete the pass in 3-4 hours with hault, break , taking photos with ease from one way.

The other way of prince albert is equally nice .
Written 9 January 2024
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IndySig
Indianapolis, IN4 121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The drive up here is absolutely beautiful. The first part of the gravel you should take carefully. Sadly, my height anxiety didn't let me continue any further. We did stop mid way and walk a bit of one of the trails. It's an absolutely amazing place to see.
Written 25 November 2023
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Snowbird52
London, UK165 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
The pass was driveable in early November 2023 in a normal saloon car but is going to need a lot of repair work to put it back to how it was. One or two deeply rutted sections were touch and go. It was first gear for most of the way and the whole thing took about 2 hours.
Written 24 November 2023
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2 798 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Amazing road, amazing views, few cars, lots of gorgeous pic nic spots, klipspringers. Not to miss when around here
Written 13 November 2023
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the_globetrotters
Norwich, UK357 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The pass, some said do not do it but we decided to and what a treat! Amazing views, gravel road for some dusty fun and a great drive if you do not mind loose gravel and heights it is well worth it. It is not as bad as people make it out to be!
Written 26 October 2023
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Mitch Mitchell
Horsham, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Must do route, especially if you are riding an adventure motorbike. Ride has some amazing scenery and is pretty tame riding (We aren’t experienced riders!)
Once we finished we headed to the main road, (407) turned right and headed to Oudtshoorn. Again the scenery is amazing. We stopped at a rest area where there is a waterfall worth looking at. It’s about a 10 min walk. In the summer when it’s warmer take your costume as place to take a dip if you are brave
Written 12 September 2023
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Pete N
Portland, OR178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Absolutely stunning! Definitely worth the effort as we did the loop around from Oudtshoorn to include a stop at the waterfall near Meiringspoort and highly recommend a lunch or treat stop at The Lazy Lizzard in Prince Albert. We did the gravel in a small rental car with no problem…as others have said just take it slow.
Written 30 January 2023
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