Swartberg Pass

Swartberg Pass is considered one of the finest mountain passes in the world: an untarred road that winds to the summit 1583 metres above sea level

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Swartberg Pass

The 27km Swartberg Pass is considered one of the finest mountain passes in the world: an untarred road that winds to the summit 1583 metres above sea level in steep zigzags and sudden switchbacks with breathtaking views at every turn.

Where? Prince Albert, Western Cape

When? Best during daylight hours

How much? Free

Overnight? See Prince Albert accommodation, in Western Cape

The road is supported in places by hand-packed stone walls, a trademark of brilliant road engineer Thomas Charles Bain.

Along the way there are relics of an old prison, toll hut and other interesting historical sites. Often covered with snow in winter, the mountainís unique micro-climate supports fynbos and a rich bird life in contrast with the arid zone flora and fauna outside its cool shady kloofs. The Swartberg Pass was declared a National Monument in its Centenary year, 1988.

The Swartberg Mountains are a magnificent backdrop to the village of Prince Albert. Once considered almost impenetrable, there are now three major gateways Ė the Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort and Seweweekspoort - linking the Great Karoo with the Little Karoo and the coast.

Meiringspoort and the Swartberg Pass are almost on Prince Albertís doorstep, and with their awesome beauty and many opportunities for recreation, should be on every visitorís itinerary.

Popular Attractions in and near Swartberg Pass

Meiringspoort


Soaring cliff walls with spectacular rock formations line the 25 km tarred road which winds along the floor of the gorge, crossing the Groot River 25 times. Entry to the poort is via Klaarstroom, 55 kms east of Prince Albert en route to...

More info and contact details: Meiringspoort

Swartberg Nature Reserve


Flanked to the north by the Gamkapoort and west by the Towerkop Nature Reserve the three reserves function as one large mountainous conservation area of 180 000 hectares. The Swartberg Pass cuts the reserve almost in two whilst further east...

More info and contact details: Swartberg Nature Reserve

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