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Reviewed yesterday

Amazing drive on a narrow gravel road with many curves takes its time - but it´s so much worth to do! Majestic and breathtaking views!

Thank ALFi1281
Reviewed 2 days ago

Much like the grapevine in Southern California (if the bored a tunnel through for the most difficult parts). Amazing and dramatic.

Thank Parker_Stokes
Reviewed 3 days ago

Do take the time to travel over this pass, The views are majestic and well worth the tricky gravel road. Definitely not for the faint hearted.

Thank LanceB649
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We did the pass from Prince Albert to Oudtshoorn in our rather small Toyota Corolla (without 4x4). It was not a problem at all! Ask the tourist info or the police if the pass is open (esp. during winter). We would definitely recommend it! The...More

Thank Tessa_Berlin
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Swartberg pass is a must for driving, it is 27 kilometres long, best driven with a 4x4 as the conditions can change fairly quickly. The day we drove was lovely sunshine, 2 days later covered with snow. The views are outstanding and breath taking

Thank Paul L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Traveled from Prince Alfred to Gamkakloof and on to Oudtshoorn. Both the road to Gamkakloof and the Swartberg pass are must do travels if you enjoy passes.

Thank Thys557
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were driven up the pass and cycled down at our own pace. Beautiful stunning landscape on the way. Even with signs showing the name of the rockformations or types.

Thank JNinSA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definately a well worthwhile drive if you are in the area. It's not for a nervous driver - I made my husband drive, and the road is extremely bumpy in some parts. However the views are amazing and Prince Albert on the other side is...More

Thank niamh008
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gravel road and about an hour trip to Prins William, is well worth the effort. Take your time gravel road, but it was in reasonable condition. Do not travel during or immediately after rain.

Thank sutty581
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The start of the pass is easy, as you get to the first look out point and see where you came from it is an amazing view. From that point you go higher and the view becomes more awesome and the road becomes a bit...More

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Shammi W
7 April 2018|
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Response from Gwyn L | Reviewed this property |
I’d plan a 3 to 4 hrs for the drive from Outshorn to Prince Albert over the Swartberg Pass depending on how many stops for photos and to admire the rock formations you make. This is one way! Enjoy!
Anton L
22 February 2018|
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Response from MarkFairhurst | Reviewed this property |
Anytime is a good time but just check that it is not too misty.
11 November 2017|
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Response from Bennett B | Reviewed this property |
That will not be a problem at all. Just take it easy if you are going down the mountain to The Hell.