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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.
Tours to Swartberg Pass
BOOK WITH VIATOR Swartberg Mountain Circular ALL Inclusive Day Tour
Duration: 7h - 9h
Tours from $126 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Full-Day Swartberg Mountain PRIVATE Tour (including lunch and transfers)
Duration: 7h - 8h
Tours from $148 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Half-Day Swartberg Pass PRIVATE Tour (including lunch & transfer - Oudtshoorn)
Duration: 4h - 5h
Tours from $103 ›
BOOK WITH VIATOR Motorbike adventures on a dual purpose motorbike in the Garden Route and Karoo.
Tours from $211 ›
Swartberg Pass reviews
Absolutely stunning! Definitely worth the effort as we did the loop around from Oudtshoorn to include a stop at the waterfall near Meiringspoort and highly recommend a lunch or treat stop at The...
Absolutely stunning! Definitely worth the effort as we did the loop around from Oudtshoorn to include a stop at the waterfall near Meiringspoort and highly recommend a lunch or treat stop at The... more »
If you are good, driving on a rumbling gravel road, you’ll be rewarded with excellent views and breathtaking landscape. It’s free to drive on this road; but take your time !!
If you are good, driving on a rumbling gravel road, you’ll be rewarded with excellent views and breathtaking landscape. It’s free to drive on this road; but take your time !! more »
This road is a wonderful example of South Africa’s spectacular mountain passes, an inspiring engineering feat offering incredible sweeping views, hair-raising blind curves and stop drop offs. It is passable in a sedan if you drive slowly; we had no trouble at all on this gravel road in our little Suzuki Swift.
What a freek of nature. Nature at it's best. A gravel road that must be taken head-on and done with gloves. The best driving experience and something that must be experience. Not a very relaxing drive, but the sceneries make up for the efforts. All in al it is a pleasant and a lifetime experience. Enjoy your drive
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