Private Half-day Swartberg Pass tour from Oudtshoorn

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Fitness level: Everybody welcome
Duration: 4 hrs
Spoken languages: English
Cancellation policy: flexible More info

Activity description

From your Hotel / Guest house we travel North to the Southern foothills of the Swartberg Mountains. From here we commence our 900-meter scenic eco-tour up the world-renowned Swartberg Pass. At the summit of the Swartberg Pass (1 580 meters above sea level), you will enjoy a scenic walk on this National monument.

The Pass has a gravel surface and was constructed by renowned road engineer, Thomas Bain over a 4-year period and opened on 10 January 1888. From the “top” of the Swartberg Pass, you will enjoy picture-perfect panoramic views over the Klein- and Great Karoo. The dry-stone technique used to construct the pass required extreme manual labour and is as solid as it was when constructed 135 years ago.

A qualified eco guide will accompany you on the optional scenic walk on the pass and introduce you to the spectacular Sandstone formations dating back more than 300 million years. Feasting your eyes on the full splendour of diverse “fynbos” species ranging from various protea species as well as “cone bush” and “pin cushions” will accentuate the need for the conservation of our natural resources and habitats.

You may even spot a soaring Verreaux’s Eagle, Jackal Buzzard or any of the many species of Sunbirds feasting on the nectar of the proteas. The agility of the “Klipspringer” (small antelope) over the rugged sandstone formations will astound you. The tranquillity and serenity of this unique experience reflect the essence of a bygone era where wagons and riders on horseback were a familiar sight.

At the summit (“Die Top”) of the Swartberg Pass, 1 350m above sea level, you will be treated to panoramic vistas over the southern and northern slopes of the Swartberg Mountains (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). From here we descend down the Swartberg Pass towards the renowned “Tee Berg” lookout point. En route, we will enjoy scenic walks on the Swartberg Pass exploring the diverse fynbos and bird species endemic to this protected vegetational biome.

After your Swartberg Pass excursion, we enjoy a light lunch before returning to your Hotel / Guest House in Oudtshoorn.

  • Conservation Fee
  • Certified Guide
  • Transport to the Sartberg Pass from Oudtshoorn guesthouse
  • 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