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Address: Swartberge Pass | Between Calitzdorp and Prince Albert, Prince Albert Municipality, South Africa
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A drive not to be missed but take it slowly and absorb the scenery and think about how it was created in 1800s. 20+ k long and takes about 1hr45 mins on gravel road. Do not rush... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A drive not to be missed but take it slowly and absorb the scenery and think about how it was created in 1800s. 20+ k long and takes about 1hr45 mins on gravel road. Do not rush this drive.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is indeed the biggest disappointment of our trip to the lovely part of the world. The tour leader looked bored, was very gruff. I too noticed what another reader did, tap water put into bottles, to give the impression of bottled water.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

BEWARE if you use John Claassens as your tour guide. He will charge you R1000 per person. The snacks that he speaks about for on the way were two little apples that he shares between 4 people. The water bottles are mineral H2O bottles but filled with tap water as he is too stingy to actually buy people proper bottle... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Stunning valley, but make sure you factor in enough time. It really does take 2 hours to get down and 2 hours to get back! I wouldn't recommend it for anyone with small children. The small cafe/bar at the bottom is a welcome oasis!

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This gravel road drive across the Swartberg mountains with magnificent views is a must do when in this region. One does require a vehicle with high ground clearance though. The small settlement of Die Hel has an interesting history. The camping ground is reasonable and so to the ablutions. The only restaurant in the tiny village is not the Ritz... More 

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Johannesburg
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

The trip across part of the Swartberg Pass is astonishing. The majestic mountains and ever changing fauna and flora is amazing. To keep pushing forward along the barren mountain peaks and winding road, is not for the faint hearted. In places 2 cars cannot pass each other. With breathtaking views one gets ever closer to the valley below. On the... More 

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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

Don't try to get here without a good ground clearance on your vehicle, (preferably 4x4) good brakes and strong nerves! Use a low gear on the final descent or you may burn your brakes out! We stayed at Fontein Guest Farm, in a restored original Gamkaskloof cottage. Water was on tap (hot and cold) and it was fitted with a... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Definitely one of the best and most scenic passes in SA!.. Second time on this pass, this time with my Wife on board, we both enjoyed the winding roads immensely and would recommend it to all adventure bikers and 4X4 enthusiasts, not a very technical route, just keep a look out for oncoming vehicles, a specially round the blind corners.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Expect spectacular scenery, steering wheel gripping roads and narrow passes. Gravel road all the way with sandy patches at some parts. I am not the most avid of 4x4 divers but you will need a car with sufficient ground clearance. I don't think a 2wheel drive sedan will quite make it unless its a rental. We did it in a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016

Not for comfort travelers. Heavy driving on dangerous mountain passes. Heaven for adventurers and nature lovers. Unbelievable scenery and vistas. Interesting history and unique. Guest cottages and camping

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