Day Trips

We are just 45km from Prince Albert and the Swartberg Pass. Pack a picnic, visit one of the many coffee shops in the town or take a day trip to Oudtshoorn or the Cango Caves. You can aso visit the dinosaur footprints or the goldfields on local farms or an olive farm where you can see the olive groves and discover how olives are processed.

 

Prince Albert

Prince Albert is a charming town. Growing from a farm established in 1762, the town has quiet streets and well-preserved houses dating back to the 19th Century with beatutiful lush gardens. The Fransie Pienaar Museum is a fascinating place and the loacal coffee shops offer delicious meals. Visit the weavery, blacksmith, the mohair shop and Art galleries. Gay's Dairy sells international prize-winning cheese and Wine farms in the Prince Albert Valley their wines.

The Tourist Office is very helpful. Phone 023 5411 366

Prince Albert

The Swartberg Pass

The Swartberg Pass, designed and built under the supervision of Thomas Bain, is recognised as one of the finest dry stone walled mountain passes in the world. The road itself and the geological configurations and the views make a drive across the Swartberg unforgettable.  This is a gravel road.

In a narrow valley in the Swartberg Range is “The Hell” or Gamkaskloof. There was no road until 1960 for the self-sufficient community. Within 30 years of the roads being built all the farmers had left.

Now the area is part of the Swartberg Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site, with some excellent hikes.

The Swartberg Pass

 

 

Meiringspoort

Take a day drive over the Swartberg Pass to Oudtshoorn and back through Meiringspoort. Be sure to stop at the Waterfall information centre where you can read the stories behind the names of the numerous drifts you cross along this spectacular road. The tarred road travels between sheer Cape folded sandstone cliffs which make this a very special drive.

The Meiringspoort waterfall pool, where a mermaid is said to live!

 

The Cango Caves

Drive to  the world famous Cango Caves either via Oudtshoorn or over the Swartberg Pass.

The Cango Caves