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Swartberg Pass, Oudtshoorn

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Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
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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  • one can only wonder what these anciently formed mountains have witnessed over millennia. Spectacular !!  more »
  • I never cease to get tired of driving down the Swartberg Pass, and is has become obligatory to pop open a bottle of bubbly at the bottom by the river! The views are spectacular, and regular stops are....  more »
  • The road is in an excellent condition , however do take care for safety
  • So amazing! Was not able to stop taking pictures and marvel at the views!

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