Swartberg Pass closed after heavy rains
The Swartberg Pass has been closed since Sunday, 9 April after a cloudburst caused widespread damage to the surface of the road on the Prince Albert side of the Pass.
Kenny Africa, Western Cape Provincial Traffic Chief, stated that it will be “a long time” until the flood damaged surface could be repaired.
Gamkaskloof (“Die Hel“) is still accessible from the Oudtshoorn side.
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What does the Swartberg Circle Route entail?
The Swartberg Circle Route is a scenic and interesting drive. Travel from Oudtshoorn or Calitzdorp to De Rust, Klaarstroom and Prince Albert, over Swartberg Pass and through Meiringspoort. The trip may be started at any of the four towns and traveled in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction. The picturesque back routes include Oudemuragie, Vergelegen, Lategansvlei, Groenfontein, Kruisrivier and Langverwaght.
The Route offers you a taste of adventure, a wide range of culinary delights, a touch of culture and an overall feeling of well-being.
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The Swartberg Circle Route offers a range of accommodation options such as luxury hotels, game lodges, guest houses and bed & breakfasts. There are also more informal accommodation options such as self catering, backpackers, nature reserves, camping, farm stays and home stays.
The Swartberg Circle Route has established a good reputation for the fine cuisine offered by a number excellent restaurants to be found on the route. There are also many value-for-money family restaurants to cater for those on a budget and why not complement your meal with a bottle of wine from one of the local wine estates.
Travel the Swartberg Circle Route and experience the delights on offer. Wildlife adventures, ostrich show farms and camel rides for the animal lovers. Caving, waterfalls, Swartberg Pass, Die Hel and water slides for the adventurous. Round it off with theater productions, wine cellars, museums and historical buildings for the culturally inclined.
A wide range of service providers in Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn, Prince Albert and De Rust on the Swartberg Circle Route will cater for all your holiday needs.
Oudtshoorn is known as the capital of the Klein Karoo and, as such, will offer more services than the other towns.