COUNTRY: South Africa
AREA: Swartberg and Karoo
N S 33o49.989'
W N 023o11.000'
Swarburg Pass is recognized as one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the world. An untarred road winds to the summit 1 583 metres above sea level , with breath-taking views at every turn. This was Thomas Bain's last engineering masterpiece (1888) The road to Gamkaskloof - "The Hell" lies near the summit of the pass.
This fascinating and beautiful stretch of land consists of many hiking and bicycle trails. There are waterfalls, and ancient rock paintings to be found, as well as caves to explore. There is no end to the diversity of the land, along this route. Each winding, zigzagging corner, exposes yet another breathtaking sight, and one finds themselves stopping every few hundred meters, to capture the views.
There are loads of quit and scenic places to stay at in this area. The favorite of the Beach & Bush Adventurer’s, is Outeniqua Trout Lodge, where a terrific stay was had.
I almost wanted to turn around when we reached the end of the pass, just so that I could enjoy the whole spectacle all over again.
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