One of the steepest passes in South Africa, the Swartberg Pass reaches 1 000 metres in 12 kilometres and links Prince Albert in the north and Oudtshoorn in the south, delivering spectacular views of both the Little and Great Karoo. Like De Bergkant Lodge, it was built in the late 1800s, and today the pass and the Lodge are National Monuments. The 121 000 hectares of the Swartberg Nature Reserve is an adventure playground covered by the spectacular Fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom and overseen by impressive geological rock formations which grey rhebok, klipspringer, chacma baboon, duikers and steenbok, badger, aardwolf and African leopard as well as rare black eagle call home. Hike, run or cycle its trails or if you have a 4x4 look out for the sign 'Die Hel'. Visit Cape Nature and discover the 6 km Grootkloof Trail which takes about two hours to complete.
Whether you want to conquer the Swartberg Pass with leg power or amble along a Karoo road on a rental bicycle, Arno Botha of Prince Albert Cycles and Tours can make it happen. Discover a large variety of routes offering a range of scenery and challenges.
If you are a Strava hunter, this is the place to go.
Don’t miss a chance to go stargazing with Astro Tours. Hans and Tilanie Daehne take guests on a tour through the celestial splendour of the Southern Hemisphere. Discover a deep sense of wonder as you recognise patterns in the sky that have formed a universal ‘language’ across cultures and thousands of years of human history.
Hans and Tilanie also offer tours in German.