Things To Do in MontaguSwartberg Nature Reserve 4x4 Trail
Where? Swartberg Nature Reserve, Outside Prince Albert, Western Cape
When? Booking is required.
How? Call Cape Nature on +27 (0)21 483-0190
How much? Price on request
The Swartberg Nature Reserve is situated idyllically between the Groot Karoo and the Klein Karoo in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is brimming with endemic fynbos of hundreds of varieties, which showcase the array of natural flora and the sheer wonder of this beautiful plant family. There are also many different animals that call this home; including antelope, badger, aardwolf and leopard.
The Swartberg Nature Reserve 4x4 Trail is a fantastic way to experience the natural bounty of the region as it combines fun and adventure within these pretty surrounds. It is 29 kilometres long and takes between three and four hours to complete. It has an official grading of two to three and is an out-and-back route.
Being part of the Cape fold mountain range, the terrain of the trail comprises Table Mountain sandstone and rocks, with a number of steep climbs and drops to negotiate along the way. The deep ravines and valleys promise some exciting challenges, while the views of the Karoo make for spectacular vistas during the course of your drive.
This self-guided route requires that drivers book and obtain permits before they head out onto the route. The trail is open to between two and four vehicles at a time. Winters in this area are wet and often snowy. The route is not advisable in these conditions unless drivers are very confident of their abilities and vehicles. Visitors should also be aware that there are no facilities along the course of the route, and should prepare accordingly.
Thanks to the ideal positioning, those tackling the Swartberg Nature Reserve 4x4 Trail are also invited to venture out on one of the local hiking or mountain biking trails. These afford the opportunity of enjoying the locale at a more restful pace, while feeling the sunshine and smelling the crisp, fresh air.