COUNTRY: South Africa
AREA: Swartberg and Karoo
The Swartbeg Mountain Pass (one of Thomas Bains engineering feats) is one of the highest and most spectacular mountain passes in South Africa. It stretches for 27km of breathtaking views and picnic spots The pass links the Central Karoo with the Little Karoo and the coast. Offering over 130 species of bird life and scenic picnic as well as hiking and cycling options. One is also able to visit the famous Cango Caves.
The Hell or Gamkaskloof can be accessed near the summit of the pass where you will discover a small isolated faming community that were virtually untouched for hundreds of years - however one should contact Nature Conservation in George to determine the state of the road before making the trip (044 802 5310). There is no fuel available in Gamkaskloof. There are two accommodation options in historic farm houses as well as a few camping facilities.
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