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Unspoiled Beauty - Seweweekspoort is unique in its unspoiled beauty. Apart from a reasonably well kept gravel road there is no human intervention. Take time to enjoy the majestic mountain views and formations. Being a passway to the Great Karoo since 1862, built as a wagon route shortly after Meiringspoort to the north, it is regaining its status as such, but now as a tourist attraction to South Africans as well as tourists from across the globe. Apart from its own special attraction it opens the door to the vast and less exploited Great Karoo to its north offering you a choice of two wonderful scenic drives. To the left the diverse and interesting road to Laingsburg and to the right the historic and extraordinary Bosluiskloof pass .

Gerhard Rademeyer
South Africa

Seweweekspoort - Almost directly opposite the turnoff to Amalienstein, is a road that heads into the Klein Swartberg to Seweweekspoort. It was used by early farmers to penetrate the Great Karoo. It is 17 km long and very rugged, the scenery wild and frequently the slopes or spurs of the mountain leave a narrow pass just broad enough for the stream to find a passage, while precipices of naked rock tower like walls of a natural bastion on both sides. There are various explanations as to the origin of the name Seweweeks-poort: ranging from the length of time it took a commando to take a band of highwaymen into the Great Karoo; or for the authorities to catch a rustler who escaped into the poort; or for a gang of brandy smugglers to return from Beaufort West. Another explanation is that the poort was named after one of the first missionaries from the nearby Amalienstein mission station, namely the Reverend Zerwick and that the locals could not pronounce his name and named it Seweweekspoort. Most authorities though accept the explanation that the name is derived from that of the Seven-week's fern (Polystichum adiantiforum), called Seweweeksvaring in Afrikaans, which occurs in moist places and crevices. The form Seweweekspoort is preferred for official purposes.

Jonel Hunlun
South Africa

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  • The Red Coffee Pot The Red Coffee Pot

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    Perched along Voortrekker Street, The Red Coffee Shop serves up hearty breakfasts, light meals and daily...
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    The Oude Pastorie building in Ladismith now has a new face, and has become a great stop for hungry...
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    Housed in a historic building dating back to the late 1800’s, this quaint little establishment is...
  • Rose of the Karoo Rose of the Karoo

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from R520
1 night, 2 adults

Aristata Seweweekspoort

Sleeps 8 Hoeko Valley Self-catering in Hoeko Valley
0km from Seweweekspoort

Aristata Seweweekspoort is situated in Seweweekspoort, in the Klein Swartberg Mountain Range, just o...

from R600
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Seweweekspoort Akkommodasie

Sleeps 12 Laingsburg Self-catering, Laingsburg Camping and Caravanning in Laingsburg
9.45km from Seweweekspoort

Seweweekspoort is the place you can't miss. Come and see why. The farmers will appreciate talking to...

from R590
1 night, 2 adults

Klaar Gesukkel Guest House

Sleeps 4 Zoar Guest House in Zoar
10.99km from Seweweekspoort

Klaar Gesukkel Guest House is situated in the small town of Zoar, 22 km from Ladismith. We offer tw...

from R120
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Barn 62 Saloon Backpackers

Sleeps 75 Amalienstein Backpacker in Amalienstein
11.11km from Seweweekspoort

Barn 62 is situated in the Opsoek Valley surrounded by the picturesque Swartberg Mountains, a place ...

from R600
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Ladismith Country House

Sleeps 13 Ladismith Self-catering, Ladismith Country House in Ladismith
12.71km from Seweweekspoort

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from R550
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Klein Karoo Valley Guest Farm

Sleeps 4 Ladismith Self-catering in Ladismith
13.75km from Seweweekspoort

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from R300
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Matjiesvlei Cottages: Middelplaas and Skuur

Sleeps 12 Calitzdorp Self-catering in Calitzdorp
15.36km from Seweweekspoort

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from R1,800
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Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve Seweweekspoort

Sleeps 36 Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve Lodge in Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve
16.90km from Seweweekspoort

Set amidst stunning scenery near Seweweekspoort, Bosch Luys Kloof is a family-owned and run 14 000-h...

from R750
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Albert Manor Guest House

Sleeps 10 Ladismith Guest House in Ladismith
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Mymering Guest House

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