Swartberg Pass, Oudtshoorn

Considered one of the world's top scenic drives, Swartberg Pass is a steep gravel road in the Swartberg Mountains known for its hairpin bends. Built in the late 19th century to link the Great Karoo plains with Little Karoo, the pass remains a popular attraction, boasting scenic views of arid valleys and towering peaks. Navigating the sharp turns of the narrow road, you'll encounter historic sites, striking red-tinted cliffs, and a variety of plant species. Put Swartberg Pass on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Oudtshoorn tour itinerary maker .
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  • You need to be comfortable driving on gravel roads, but this is well worth the effort. Was my favourite drive of the entire garden route trip we did.  more »
  • Cant begin telling you just how breathtaking the route up is and views from the top. A must do on any SA roadtrip.  more »
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