Houwhoek Pass

Houwhoek Pass geographically lies between the towns of Grabouw and Botrivier, an easy but incredibly beautiful drive

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Houwhoek Pass

To reach Houwhoek Pass, on the tarred N2, you will have to crest Sir Lowry's Pass first. In fact, there is a 25 kilometre stretch of road between the two passes, known as Cole's Pass, to add further confusion to the mix. All in all, this mountainous part of the national road is a series of three passes.

Where? Between Grabouw and Botrivier, Western Cape

When? Best during daylight hours

How much? Free

Overnight? See Grabouw accommodation, in Western Cape

Houwhoek is not difficult to find. There are a number of establishments in the area that act as beacons, like the Houwhoek Farm Stall. However, you only enter into the pass proper after the inn and farm stall, a steep, rocky descent that takes you into the Overberg; the scenery changing dramatically during the descent.

Houwhoek Pass geographically lies between the towns of Grabouw and Botrivier, an easy but incredibly beautiful drive that together with Sir Lowry's Pass has to be one of the most beautiful drives in the Western Cape.

If you want to do this principally as a drive (and it is a perfect day's outing for visitors), then add even further beauty by returning around the back of the mountain, over Clarence Drive and through the Kogelberg Biosphere.

Also make sure to stop off in Elgin, which begins more or less at the town of Grabouw and includes a series of farms, hikes, accommodation, the Green Mountain Eco Route and at least fifteen wine farms in the greater Elgin area.

Most of this part of South Africa is the stuff of picture postcards, a verdant fruit growing and wine producing area in which one can safely while away a few weekends with little effort. And its proximity to Cape Town makes it all the more accessible.

Popular Attractions in and near Houwhoek Pass

Houw Hoek Farm Stall

This delightful farm stall greets you like an old friend as you travel between the Overberg's majestic Houw Hoek mountain pass and Cape Town. The authentic South African architecture of a white farm house style building complete with a green...

More info and contact details: Houw Hoek Farm Stall

Elgin Valley Wine Estates

The Elgin Valley is home to a number of wine farms, which do so well as a result of the cool climate, low pH of the soil and plentiful rainfall. Some of the farms include well known labels like Arumdale, Beaumont, Elgin Ridge, Highlands...

More info and contact details: Elgin to Botrivier Wine Estates

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