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Swartberg Circular Route (via Prince Albert and Meiringspoort)

Oudtshoorn

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 panoramic view over the Great-and-Klein Karoo before descending to the “Old Toll House” which also serves as the offices of the H.O.P.E. Foundation. Here we enjoy a cup of tea/coffee made with Swartberg sandstone spring water. We also learn about the Social and conservation initiatives pioneered by the members of the H.O.P.E. Foundation. You will also be able to enjoy an optional leisure walk on a Swartberg Hiking trail.
From the “Old Toll House” 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.

Arrangements

Duration8 hours 30 minutes
WhenAll year round
WhereOudtshoorn
WeatherThis service is not weather dependant
What to WearHat and Warm Jacket
Things to BringCamera
Guests or SpectatorsOnly paying guest on tour.

Requirements

Minimum Age0 years
Minimum Height0.0 m
Maximum Height0.0 m
Fitness LevelNo Fitness Requirement
QualificationsNot Applicable
Maximum Weight0.0 kg
CertificationNone Required
Experience LevelNo Experience Requirement

Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions

Driver / Guide
Transport
Conservation fee
Lunch

ExclusionsN/A

Notes

Children rates apply to children of 12 years and under. GROUP RATES apply automatically for groups of 5 and more.

Customer Reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with Jan. He was extremely informative and showed us amazing scenery, wild life and also gave us an insight into his work with the local community (Hope Foundation). We learnt so much whilst on our tour. - Judi Brooker




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