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Swartberg pass

Ostrich farms, red cliffs and lush fields: explore Swartberg Nature Reserve

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Swartberg pass
  • South Africa, Africa
  • 44 km
  • 1:13 hr

This 44 kilometers mountain pass crosses the UNESCO World Heritage Site Groot Swartberg Nature Reserve between Oudtshoorn Cango Caves and Prince Albert. The unpaved road winds across the foot of an impressive red mountain range offering sweeping views of the Karoo landscape.

Along the first stretch of this scenic road trip ostrich farms and endless rolling pastures make up the scenery, while the road climbs up to 1583 meters. With its spectacular views of the Nature Reserve crossing the bare plateau is a unique experience. You will be surprised how the prevailing red colors of the towering cliffs will be combined with lush fields full of flowers and plants when ascending down on the other side of the mountain, to the picturesque town of Prince Albert.

Please note: Check the road conditions ahead of departure. In case of rain, snow or other bad weather this gravel road is not accessible by normal car.

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