Explore the rich history of a small Karoo community and the majestic landscape around it
Why was it possible to establish a farm where the village lies today? How could the community survive so isolated and in such a harsh landscape? Who was brave enough to build a road across the Swartberg mountain?
You do not have to be a historian to enjoy the many stories that tell our history! Apart from being enlightened about how early settlers made – and enjoyed – a life, you may even find out what a set of false teeth and a flying doctor have in common.
The Swartberg PassThe Swartberg Pass
Prince Albert lies at the entrance to the 27km Swartberg Pass, considered by many as one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the world: an untarred road winds to the summit 1 583 metres above sea level in steep zig-zags and sudden switchbacks, with breath-taking views at every turn.
The turn-off to Gamkaskloof lies near the summit of the pass.
The Pass offers visitors a wealth of opportunities to enjoy and marvel at the Swartberg Mountain and its amazing geology. Driving across the pass and stopping at different spots for the view is one way of taking in the splendour. Walking, running or cycling along the Pass road offers a whole different perspective.
Please remember that if you want to venture off the Pass onto one of the hiking trails, you need a permit. Please consult the section on Swartberg Nature Reserve Hikes.
Read more about the Swartberg Pass and its history.