Private Full-day Swartberg Mountain Tour from Oudtshoorn

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Fitness level: Occasionally sporty
Duration: 8 hrs
Spoken languages: English
Cancellation policy: flexible More info

Activity description

From the Guesthouse, we travel north towards the majestic Swartberg Mountains. From the Southern foothills, we start our ascend of nearly 900 meters up the Swartberg Mountains via the world-renowned Swartberg Pass. The Swartberg Pass, a National monument, has a gravel surface and was constructed by renowned road engineer, Thomas Bain over a 4 year period and opened on 10 January 1888. The dry stone technique used to construct the pass required extreme manual labour and is as solid as it was when constructed 128 years ago.

Get close to nature and explore the spectacular Sandstone formations dating back more than 300 million years. Feast your eyes on the full splendour of diverse “fynbos” species ranging from various Protea species as well as “cone bush” and “pin cushions”. You may even spot a soaring Verreaux Eagle or Jackal Buzzard while the agility of the “Klipspringer” (small antelope) over the rugged sandstone formations will astound you.

At the summit (“Die Top”) of the Swartberg Pass, we enjoy a 170-kilometre panoramic view over the Great Karoo before enjoying a leisurely walk on the Swartberg Pass. Your guide will also share with you the Leopard conservation initiative pioneered by the members of the H.O.P.E. Foundation.

After the leisure walk, we descend the Swartberg Pass en route to Prince Albert where we are treated to a light lunch. Departing from Prince Albert, you will be introduced to the arid Great Karoo landscape and its diverse succulents and karroid bush by skirting the northern slopes of the Swartberg Mountains, en- route to Meiringspoort. Time is spent at the 60-meter-high waterfall in Meiringspoort, before snaking through the rest of the poort to the peaceful Little Karoo “Dorpie” – De Rust. From here we return to the Hotel / Guesthouse.

  • Conservation Fee
  • Transport to the Sartberg Pass from Oudtshoorn guesthouse
  • Driver and Guide
  • Lunch
Do not forget to bring
  • Layers adapted to the weather
  • Sunglasses
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Warm Jacket
  • Camera
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Meeting point
Oudtshoorn Guest House: 50 Klein Karoo St, Oudtshoorn, 6620, South Africa Get directions

Cancellation policy

Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity date
You will be automatically refunded for the full amount for the activity
4 days
Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity date
You are entitled to a 50% refund
48 hrs
Cancellation 48 hours or later prior to the agreed activity date
No refund will be possible
Weather Guarantee
Regardless of the date, if the activity is cancelled due to bad weather conditions, you will be offered a refund or the chance to reschedule


Average rating
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  • 5 / 5

Breathtaking scenery, a worthwhile experience if you are interested in human endeavour in harsh conditions, geology and history of the area.