What does the Swartberg Circle Route entail?
The Swartberg Circle Route is a stunning, scenic drive that takes you from Oudtshoorn or Calitzdorp over the Swartberg Pass and through Meiringspoort to the towns of De Rust, Klaarstroom, and Prince Albert. Any of these four towns can serve as the route’s starting point and it can be travelled in either direction, clockwise or anti-clockwise. Picturesque back routes include Oudemuragie, Vergelegen, Lategansvlei, Groenfontein, Kruisrivier and Langverwaght.
Things to Do
The Swartberg Circle Route is a treasure trove of delights, with so much to explore. Visit the world’s largest show cave, see the workings of an ostrich show farm, dive with crocs, taste some of the Karoo’s finest wines, bottle feed young giraffes or simply enjoy the scenic wonder along the way. Round it all off with splendid theatre productions, world-class, local wine cellars, museums, magnificent ostrich palaces and historical buildings dating back to the 1900’s.
Accommodation options on the Swartberg Circle Route range from upmarket, luxury hotels, game lodges, guest houses and bed & breakfasts to more relaxed, inexpensive lodgings including self-catering options, home stays, backpackers and farm stays.
Where to eat
The Swartberg Circle Route has established quite the reputation for the fine cuisine offered by a number of excellent restaurants en route. Whether you’re on a budget in search of great value for money or would like to splurge on some extravagant fine dining, this route has something special to offer everyone. And with a host of superb local wineries and craft distilleries, you’ll have no trouble finding an award-winning bottle to complement your meal.