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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Swartberg Pass

Afrikaans name:

The dirt road over the Swartberg Mountains

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Western Cape

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.

Looking south from Swartberg Pass

Above - View from the top of the pass looking back to the south and south-east

Photo © Johan van Zyl

On top of Swartberg Pass

Above - On top of the pass crossing the plateau towards the northern end of the pass on the Prince Albert side of the mountain.

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Swartberg Pass

Above - The road on the northern end leading towards Prince Albert.

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern end of Swartberg Pass

Above - Northern end of the pass

Photo © Johan van Zyl


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