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Address: R339 Prince Alfred Street, Knysna 6139, South Africa
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Built by Thomas Bain in the 1860's, the Prince Alfred Pass (R339) is a...

Built by Thomas Bain in the 1860's, the Prince Alfred Pass (R339) is a dirt/gravel mountain pass between Knysna/Plettenbergbay and Avontuur/Uniondale. It is a scenic route with spectacular views and interesting flora. Please note that this is not a shortcut from the Langkloof to Knysna/Plettenbergbay. Having been built about 150 years ago, parts of this historic pass is very winding and narrow. In some areas the surface of the road is eroded and there are a few potholes along the way.

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A very scenic drive with breathtaking views

Leave yourself plenty of time to drive this route as it cannot be rushed. The road is unmade very narrow in places with hairpin bends and no barriers but the views are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Leave yourself plenty of time to drive this route as it cannot be rushed. The road is unmade very narrow in places with hairpin bends and no barriers but the views are spectacular. Unfortunately it took longer than we expected so we completed the last 10 miles or so, towards Knysna in complete darkness - not recommended! So leave yourself... More 

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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have traveled this pass numerous times and every time I am still awed by the beauty. It is one of the most scenic passes in the area with spectacular views. Driving can be slow but that is part of the experience.

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Thank Riaanjordaan
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It was great to get off the main roads and travel on the dirt tracks of Prince Alfred's Pass. Be sure that your car and tyres are up to the journey before you set off! The road twists and turns, widens and narrows and as you would expect on a pass goes up and down. Fantastic views of Africa at... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do keep in mind that you need a decent car and four wheel drive if the weather is or hasnt been as nice. And that the road is so narrow that you sometimes have to go back to let someone pass. Otherwise nice!

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Thank Januschka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

To try avoid the traffic, stop and go, ridiculous speed limit changes on the road between George and Knysna, we decided on another inland route that involved using the Prince Alfred Pass into Knysna! WOW! it is a dirt road but in good condition. The first 15 km and twisting and turning, switchbacks and incredible views thrown in. I said... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

beautiful overall views of knysna lagoon and the surrounding vegetation and places. one place in which the less priviledged members of society live, with free beautiful views of the ocean.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Take the longer, much quicker, main road route - not for the faint hearted - although we have done this trip twice - must be a sadist and the poor hire car didn't like it - you really do need a 4 x 4 - if the weather is at all bad - certainly keep away

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Thank BillN33
Knysna, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

It is an off road experience threw the Knysna forest up to the pass and then to Uniondale. It is worth a day trip and there are so many things to look at. Nature pur. I highly recommend a car with a good ground clearance. After heavy rainfalls I would not recommend this trip. For bikers it is a must.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

As an alternative route it is a must. Take your time and stop. Climb out. Breath the fresh air. Take a dip at one of the many pools in the river. The route is scenic, do not really need a 4x4. I did this with my Renault Sandero and I had no problems. Drive slow. Enjoy the landscape !

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Our GPS decided this was the closest drive to Knysna and the experience was terrible! The road is steep, curvy without barriers. Not paved, where two car cannot met in most places. Apparently beautiful but we had no time to enjoy it due to the drive and poor weather. Also ful of sharp rocks (we had a tyre explosion due... More 

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