Things To Do In The Western And Eastern Cape

Any one coming to or already in South Africa and is considering touring the Garden Route should not miss the opportunity to drive up the Swartberg Pass and then spending the night in Gamkaskloof (Die Hel).

Stay over in Prince Albert and start early next morning you want to allow at least 5 hours to drive the 25 kms which comprises the total Swartberg Pass. There are many places to stop and take photographs. There are 27 named points on the pass and at Die Top you are at 1600 metres. The pass was built by convicts by hand, there was no dynamite at that time. Many of the dry packed wall first built are still remaining. Not so long ago the government wanted to tar the pass but this was rigorously resisted by the locals.

In fact the Swartberg pass is possibly South Africa’s best pass.

Once you have crested the pass you arrive at the Otto du Plessis road which was completed in 1962 which was the first road access to the isolated Gamkaskloof 57 km away. The drive takes at least 2 hours you have to drive slowly!

A n overnight stay at one of the chalets will allow time for you to experience what the few families put up with during their lives there.


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