About Swartberg Mountain Tours

The Swartberg Pass – our unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage Site

All our guides at Swartberg Mountain Tours are truly passionate about what they do.
Nature conservation, geology and the diversity of fauna / flora found in this World Heritage Site nature are all very important to us.
We only use Theta Qualified Guides: Regional Specialist Guides, and even National Guides are amongst us to help you with information reaching further than the surrounding area.

It is important to make sure that you leave our tour with a new-found respect and love for nature; that you want to visit the area again to find out more, and learn that all is not what it seems – there are secrets and hidden wonders around every turn in this beautiful country.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Swartberg and sharing our knowledge and experience with you.

Languages spoken:

Nederlands, Français, English, Afrikaans.

Our Tours:

We have a tour to suit every budget and time-scale – whether you only have a few hours or a whole day, you will have an excellent time out with Swartberg Mountain Tours!

Our friendly qualified guides will drive you in safety and will make sure that you have an unforgettable experience! You have the watches and we have the TIME for you. We are able to accommodate from 1 to 100 passengers on one tour. We also accommodate corporate groups, with more than 100 people.


What to expect?

  • Start from: Any accommodation establishment in Oudtshoorn (other places on request)
  • Duration: Min 3 hours, if start in Oudtshoorn and min. 2 hours if start at the Cango Caves.
  • Distance:From Oudtshoorn and back is approximately 100 km (of which 30 km gravel and sand road).
  • A whole lot of fun!


  • This is the ideal half day for nature lovers who wish to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature, whilst learning more from our guides about the fauna, flora, geology and history of the pass.
  • Our enthusiastic qualified guides are always prepared to stop whenever clients want (as long as it is safe of course) and small walks are possible along the road.
  • We let you walk ahead and then follow you to the point where you wish to get back into the vehicle.
  • The tour begins mostly in Oudtshoorn (please confirm the place of departure).


What to expect?

  • Start from: Any accommodation establishment in Oudtshoorn (other places on request)
  • Duration: Full da (min 7 hours).
  • Distance: 200 km (of which approximately 27 km gravel and sand road).
  • A memorable day out filled with fun!


  • On this day tour, you will see Oudtshoorn’s ‘Big 7’ in one day!
  • You visit an ostrich show farm where you will learn more about the largest bird on our planet.
  • The well-known Cango Caves for the standard tour.
    (1 hour tour ∼ temperature about 19°C).
  • Drive over the historic Swartberg Pass.
  • Lunch.
  • Visit Prince Albert.
  • Drive through a part of the Great Karoo, with long distance views and desolate places.
  • Drive through the Swartberg Canyon (Meiringspoort).
  • Visit the Meiringspoort Waterfall.
  • We drive further, passing the little town of De Rust and the stunning Rooiberge… dropping you back at your accommodation after a wonderful day exploring this beautiful region.


What to expect?

  • Start from: Any accommodation in Oudtshoorn (other places on request)
  • Duration: Minimum 9 hours / 2 day option available.
  • Distance: 200 km (of which approximately 140 km gravel and sand road)
  • A memorable day out filled with fun!


  • This trip takes a FULL day and you must have a good back as the road is rough and bumpy.
  • Advisable is a 2 day tour with an overnight in the Gamkaskloof.
  • The beauty of the day is the mountain, the road and the scenery.
  • Go back in time to learn the fascinating history of the Klovers, the original inhabitants of the Gamkaskloof.

Diversity of the Swartberg

The Swartberg Pass – our unspoiled UNESCO World Heritage Site

The impressive diversity and richness of the varied fynbos and Karoo flora on the slopes of the Swartberg Mountains are magnificent. The soil is poor in nutrients and also shallow, and the slopes themselves are steep. Yet proteas, leucadendrons, ericas, watso-nias, gladioli, disas, Haemanthus species and many lesser known, rare plants abound.

The Swartberg also has an interesting history, with human interaction and travel interacting closely with the Mountains, but it still remains a vast and pristine environment which has much interest to conservationists, geologists, hikers, mountain bikers and visitors from every reach of the globe.

Get in Touch

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 79 105 4004
Mobile: +27 79 105 4000
Email: info@swartbergmountaintours.co.za
Website: www.swartbergmountaintours.co.za