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About Swartberg Pass

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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Amanda Smit
08 January 2017

Asemrowend mooi!!!!!

Vicky Geralis
14 June 2016

Awesome

Vicky Geralis
14 June 2016

Awesome

Bernard Scribante
05 January 2016

Awsome!

Ras van der Merwe
31 December 2015

The scenery is one of a kind.

Caroline Taylor
20 October 2015

Stunning! Nothing like it!

Martie Jelliman
11 October 2015

Whow, it was an experience, beautiful and for all that has not done it, a must.

Sumadri Swart
08 October 2015

Be sure to turn off and head to the Hell. I will most definitely be returning as soon as I can.

Thys van der Merwe
04 May 2015

Panoramic views

Gerhard Rauscher
11 February 2015

Great!

Eddie Watson
29 January 2015

Stunning experience but not for the fainthearted.

Davina Mortlock
27 December 2014

Beautiful pass. Worth doing.

Ian Oertel
29 October 2014

Breathtaking in both scenery and precipices.

Cindy Jordaan
26 December 2013

One of the most beautifull places in SA.

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Elfen Cottage

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Swartberg Pass Map

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Swartberg Pass is 20.3km from the centre of Prince Albert , the nearest airport 74.9km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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