The Swartberg Pass takes you over the Swartberg Mountain Range between Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert. The Swartberg are considered to be one of the best examples of fold mountains in the world.
The road itself is dirt and seems to cling to the sides of the mountains at some points. Caution should be exercised in bad weather.
It took seven years to construct the pass and it was completed in 1888. Some of the original retaining walls are still in place.
The pass offers spectacular views over the Little and Great Karoo. For those interested in plant life it offers a wealth of species to discover.
Above - View from the top of the pass looking back to the south and south-east
Above - On top of the pass crossing the plateau towards the northern end of the pass on the Prince Albert side of the mountain.
Above - The road on the northern end leading towards Prince Albert.
Above - Northern end of the pass
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Country Life - Issue 251 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 46
Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 122
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Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 89
Of Hominins, Hunter-Gatherers and Heroes - Author: David Bristow - Year Published: 2019 - Page: 175
On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 77
Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 311
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Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 58
Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 330
The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 47
Wild Issue 34 - Author: - Year Published: 2016 - Page: 20