A day drive to see the splendours of the Swartberg Mountains
Why not take a day drive over the Swartberg Pass (well maintained gravel road changes to tar at foot of the pass on the Oudtshoorn side) to the Cango Caves, then home to Prince Albert through De Rust and Meiringspoort (fully tarred) – a magnificent experience.
On this side of Meiringspoort, turn into Klaarstroom a tiny Victorian hamlet that really is a “one horse town”!
Your route can be varied as you travel between the Swartberg Pass and Oudtshoorn – you can turn off at the Cango-oord road (gravel road in poor state of repair) which will take you past the Rus en Vrede Waterfall towards Oude Muragie and onto the tar road to De Rust.
Head down Pastoriestraat and out along the gravel road (well maintained). You pass through typical Karoo landscape: brush covered plains, rocky kloofs, stony river beds. Watch out for the varied bird-life, buck, lizards and tortoises. You will eventually come to a T- junction with the tarred road to Beaufort West (left) and Meiringspoort and Klaarstroom (right).