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Swartberg Mountains - A Selection 6 Tours and Hikes

Swartberg Snow
Swartberg Snow Credits: Freda

The Swartberg Mountain Range towers above the area around the towns of Prince Albert, Oudtshoorn and De Rust. It is a World Heritage Site and for good reason. The majestic Landscape towering peaks, geological grandeur and people to fascinate even the most cynical will entrance you. You will want to come back time and again.


Oudtshoorn - Gamkaskloof (The Hell and Back) Tour

Swartberg Tour – To Gamkaskloof (Hell and Back).

Swartberg Mountain Tours Manage several tour routes in the Swartberg Area.

One of the most spectacular tours in the Klein Karoo is the full 1 day (or 2 day) tour from Oudtshoorn up Swartberg pass and then down into Gamkaskloof and back. The Gamkaskllof has earned the name “The Hell “ with good reason but the journey in and out is something you will always remember. The 2 day option is the better one if you can afford the overnight stay and extra time.


Oudtshoorn - Tour to Swartberg Prince Albert Meiringspoort and De Rust

Swartberg Tour – Oudtshoorn  Prince Albert Meiringspoort De Rust Oudtshoorn.

Swartberg Mountain Tours Manage several tour routes in the Swartberg Area.

One of the most popular tours is the Round Trip Tour from Oudtshoorn over the Swartberg Pass then to Prince Albert, Meiringspoort, De Rust and back to Oudtshoorn

You can look forward to

First a visit to an Ostrich Show farm, then the standard 1 hour Cango Caves Tour. Then a  two hundred kilometre trip, of which about 27 is on gravel roads, from Oudtshoorn over the top of the spectacular Swartberg Pass to Prince


Oudtshoorn Swartberg Pass Tour To Prince Albert and return

Swartberg Mountain Tours Manage several tour routes in the Swartberg Area.

One of the most popular tours is the Swartberg Pass round trip to Prince Albert Tour

You can look forward to

A ninety kilometre trip, of which about half is on gravel roads, from Oudtshoorn over the top of the spectacular Swartberg Pass to Prince Albert and then back to the starting point. The trip takes around 4 hours during which nature lovers will relax and enjoy the beauty of nature and the spectacular views, whilst learning more from our guides


Oudtshoorn - Swartberg Pass Tour

Tour the Spectacular Swartberg Pass from Oudtshoorn 

Swartberg Mountain Tours Manage several tour routes in the Swartberg Area. One of the most popular tours is the Swartberg Pass

You can look forward to

A sixty kilometre trip, of which half is on gravel roads, from Oudtshoorn


Take Franschhoek Pass to Villiersdorp and Hermanus

Franschhoek from the Pass summit
Franschhoek from the Pass summit Credits: Freda Andrew

The Franschhoek Pass and Jan Joubertsgat Bridge connects Franschhoek and the Boland Winelands with Villiersdorp, Hermanus, Caledon and the Overberg.

When entering Franschhoek from Stellenbosch and Paarl one gets the impression that this quiant historical Huguenot Village is the end of the line so to speak. However, if you drive through the town you reach the Huguenot Monument site. At the T junction turn left and pass the monument. This road takes you out of Franschhoek in a steep


Clarence Drive - A scenic wonder - Gordons Bay to Hermanus

Near Rooiels on Clarence Drive
Near Rooiels on Clarence Drive Credits: Freda Andrew

Directions to Hermanus from Cape Town -via Gordon’s Bay and Clarence Drive.

This scenic route to Hermanus is an alternative to the route via Sir Lowry's Pass.

From Cape Town take the N2 toward the Cape Town International Airport and Somerset West. Go past the airport and continue to Somerset West. Pass through Somerset West and when you approach the last set of traffic lights as you leave the town turn right onto the R44 to Kleinmond and Gordon’s Bay


Tours - Journeys Less Travelled - Johannesburg to Cape Town

Victoria West
Victoria West Credits: Freda
The direct route from Johannesburg to Cape Town on the N1 can be very stressful, given the amount of traffic especially heavy transport. There's an alternative route,  a little further, but quieter, very scenic and less stressful. In effect your holiday starts when you get in the car, not when you unpack at your destination.

Stop in the towns that you pass through, find the one real important/famous/unusual thing about the town and go see. It can be as much fun as you make it.


Tours - Journeys Less Travelled Durban to Johannesburg

A journey from Durban to Johannesburg using the N3 takes between 5 and 5½ hours plus stoppage time for fuel and meals.

Our suggested journey less travelled should take around 7 hours plus stoppage time. We suggest you overnight somewhere en route (see at end of article) so as to best enjoy your journey


Take a Detour to Witsand and Malgas

Pont at Malgas
Pont at Malgas Credits:
If you are travelling from Mossel Bay to Cape Town there is an interesting one day (or more) detour down to the sea at Witsand, then back up to the river ferry crossing (pont) at Malgas and then on to either Swellendam or Bredasdorp.

Just past the turnoff from the N2 to Heidelberg watch out for a turning to your left (R322 to Witsand and Port Beaufort). Witsand and Port Beaufort are less than 40 kms away and lie on the northern bank of the Breede River, where it empties into the blue Indian Ocean.


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