Re-discover the drive
Pack a picnic, grab the camera and go for a drive.
Prince Albert is perfectly located as launch pad for exploring the Swartberg Mountain, the Little Karoo and the Great Karoo. If you do not want to go far, a gentle drive out of town to appreciate the view or the sunset is in order.
Take a chair – here we stop next to the road to sit for a while. You will be surprised at what that does for your soul.
We put together some suggestions to get you going.
Gamkapoort Dam – 4 x 4 routeGamkapoort Dam – 4 x 4 route Contact: Cape Nature
Gamkapoort Dam – built in the 1960’s this wide expanse of water in the middle of the Karoo is home to hundreds of birds. You need a 4 x 4 vehicle or a vehicle with plenty of height for this drive as you will cross sandy and rocky river beds and the Gamka River can run strongly at times.
Please note that the road to Gamkapoort Dam is not accessible by car. It is recommended that only 4×4’s or bakkies use it. Cape Nature Conservation has also informed us that under no circumstances are quad bikes allowed to use this road. Motor cycles are allowed but they must please remember that this is a conservation area. Fishing is allowed but no overnight fishing and no camping will be allowed.
Drive out along Margariet Prinsloo Street, the gravel road past the tannery. The road runs parallel to the Swartberg and you pass through several farms before you reach the Nature Reserve. Please remember to close all gates behind you. Once you reach the reserve keep to the left, until you reach the water.
There are simple picnic sites equipped with rubbish bins. Experience the sounds of silence, see buck and baboons – and watch birds fishing against the spectacular backdrop of the dinosaur-shaped mountains. (+/- 100km round trip) This route also offers tremendous sunsets.