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192 Buitekant Street, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We drove in a high clearance SUV from Oudtshoorn to the top of the pass in lashing rain so no views. It can be done in a saloon but SUV easier on the nerves though a 4x4 not necessary. We then repeated the journey two...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Gill P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did this in an SUV which I would advise - the first half is particularly rocky and uneven but we had fun going up it. Once you go over the top it gets even more spectacular - so not one you could go to the...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank JReading156
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the pass in an SUV from the Oudtshoorn side - and that was necessary! You need a car with sufficient height for this trip. Relative steep in the second half uphill, with a lot of rocks and holes. Was certainly tough for the...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank GF_Traveller
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a steep gravel road. It took us well over an hour to go the 10 miles of the gravel road. It is an amazing feat of engineering, so if you are into that, go for it. But if you are going for views,...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank MiddleAgedFun
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We drove from Prince Albert to Oudtshoorn. Traffic was light going up and we only encountered one oncoming car in the steepest narrowest stretches. Going down, we encountered more vehicles coming up. The road was definitely rougher going down. Pictures don’t do it justice for...More

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Krw1961
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were advised that the trip would take only a couple of hours, with wonderful views. The views are wonderful but travelling on the rocky unmade rounds with lots of bends was problematic as we did not have a four wheel drive. There was no...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Di V
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m a bit nervous about gravel road mountain passes so it took some thought before we decided to do it. Also, the host of our lodge encouraged us. Off we went. My husband is an excellent driver and being Canadian, we’re used to varied driving...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank carolajr888
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Starting from Oudteshoorn : can be done without a 4 x 4 : we did it with a Audi A3 but first half sometimes with stones and potholes. Do'nt turn back at the top ! Continue to Prins Albert. This second part is beautifull !...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank philippehertsens
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

An overrated rocky road with good PR. Nothing to write about. Who's gonna return these 90 minutes of my life? Or as they say in yiddish:גורנישט מיט גורנישט

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank TsachiY1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Roads mainly gravel with varied scenery from waterfalls gorges and climb up narrow pass and dropping down on the other side. Needs a whole day-we missed Albert stop to get back by 2.00pm!

Date of experience: October 2019
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October 27, 2019|
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Response from Jean H | Reviewed this property |
Take R328 to R407, stay left for Prince Albert.
April 3, 2019|
Response from Culture51129241887 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Sorry for only getting back to you now. I an not that familiar with the camping sites. They have nice houses available to stay in.
Ben v
October 1, 2018|
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Response from Kesburn | Reviewed this property |
In May 2018 we drove the Pass in a Ford Focus and had no problem.