Swartberg Pass

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Climbing 1000 metres in 12 kilometres, the Swartberg Pass is one of the steepest passes in South Africa.

Running between Prince Albert in the north and Oudtshoorn in the south, the route offers spectacular views over the Little and Great Karoo.

The road is not tarred and can be tricky in wet weather but you certainly don’t need a big 4x4 for the pass.

Along with striking warped and twisted rock formations and interesting plant life, you will see some amazing drystone work supporting the picturesque hairpin bends.

Master pass engineer Thomas Baines and his team of convict labourers took five years to build it in the late 1800s. Today it is a National Monument and largely unchanged.

If you really fancy a challenge you could crank you way on the Swartberg Pass Half Marathon. The race route heads out of Prince Albert and into the Swartberg Pass, with sheer rock on both sides.

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Good - Panoramic views

Thys van der Merwe
South Africa

Nice - Great!

Gerhard Rauscher

Excellent - Stunning experience but not for the fainthearted.

Eddie Watson
South Africa

Beautiful - Beautiful pass. Worth doing.

Davina Mortlock
South Africa

Breathtaking - Breathtaking in both scenery and precipices.

Ian Oertel
South Africa

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Accommodation near Swartberg Pass

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

from R1900
1 night, 2 adults

Swartberg Country Manor

Sleeps 53 Oudtshoorn Guest House in Oudtshoorn
8.64km from Swartberg Pass

Swartberg Country Manor is nestled on the Voorbedacht Farm, which is situated in the Cango Valley at...

from R580
1 night, 2 adults

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

Sleeps 19 Oudtshoorn Self-catering in Oudtshoorn
9.74km from Swartberg Pass

Oudtshoorn is situated on the edge of the Garden Route between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountain ...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Off the Map

Sleeps 4 Matjesrivier Self-catering in Matjesrivier
10.24km from Swartberg Pass

Off the Map offers charming country living situated in Matjiesrivier, about 45 km from Oudtshoorn.

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Angeliersbosch Guest House

Sleeps 8 Prince Albert Guest House in Prince Albert
12.23km from Swartberg Pass

Angeliersbosch Guest House is a luxurious self-catering guest house situated on a farm in the beauti...

from R850
1 night, 2 adults

De Kombuys Estate

Sleeps 7 Oudtshoorn Self-catering in Oudtshoorn
12.89km from Swartberg Pass

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Aviator Guest House

Sleeps 4 Prince Albert Self-catering in Prince Albert
13.32km from Swartberg Pass

Aviator Guest House offers you the ideal Karoo landing, with a private airstrip and hangar for your ...

from R580
1 night, 2 adults

Bergwater Guest House

Sleeps 6 Prince Albert Self-catering in Prince Albert
13.32km from Swartberg Pass

Just a short distance into the breathtaking Prince Albert Valley, Bergwater Guest House is situated ...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

De Cango

Sleeps 2 Oudtshoorn Self-catering in Oudtshoorn
14.46km from Swartberg Pass

De Cango is a beautiful farmhouse overlooking the Swartberg Mountains, situated about 25 km from Oud...

from R650
1 night, 2 adults

Cango Retreat Guest Farm

Sleeps 10 Oudtshoorn Self-catering in Oudtshoorn
14.91km from Swartberg Pass

Cango Retreat Guest farm is conveniently located to provide you with an unforgettable holiday. Its l...

from R720
1 night, 2 adults

De Oude Meul Country Lodge

Sleeps 41 Oudtshoorn Lodge in Oudtshoorn
15.92km from Swartberg Pass

De Oude Meul Country Lodge is one of the ultimate destinations in Oudtshoorn which lies at the footh...

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