Route 62 South Africa | Little Karoo | travel south africa
South African mountain scenery rates up there with the best on offer! Join us on a trip through the highly underrated Little Karoo to view the spectacular sandstone formations. The rich red colors will fill your camera lens with awesome beauty.
The itinerary below is one sample that can be tailored to your needs.
ALL LITTLE KAROO TRAVEL PACKAGES ARE PRIVATE, WITH A PERSONALIZED ITINERARY
• After Breakast depart for George via the scenic Outeniqua Pass.
• Visit Wilderness Beach & Village
• Visit Mosselbay Diaz Museum & Point area.
• Head towards Robbinson Pass for a relaxed afternoon in the mountains.
• Take a walk or go for a horse ride.
• Evening Meal at 8 Bells
• Overnight at this quiant moutain lodge.
Day 4 ~ Garden Route to Cape Town
• After Breakfast head in the direction of Cape Town
• Albertinia Aloe Vera.
• Craft Route stop at Riversdale
• Turn off the main route & detour via Hermanus (Whale Town).
• Senic Clarence drive to Gordons Bay
• Cape Town International Airport for connecting flight, or other drop-off point.
Swartberg Mountain Information - Karoo (South Africa)
The Swartberg (Black Mountains), as described by Bulpin, is a 200km long barrier between the Little and Great Karoo. One of the most beautiful and spectacular range of mountains in South Africa that is well worth a visit.
The Bushman called this mountain Kango (water or wet mountains) due to the number of streams flowing down the slopes.
Prince Albert is at the foot of mountains of the northern interior and Great Karoo expanse, and Oudtshoorn a little more than 20km to the opposite side that provides a good challenge for the cyclist and running enthusiast.
The famed Gamkas Kloof or Die Hell (the abyss) is only accessible, by road, from a road that turns off at the top of the Swartberg Pass. This road is quite tricky to negotiate and is best left to a 4 x 4 vehicle, and preferably a driver with local knowledge.
Self catering accommodation is available in this rather isolated ravine in restored period houses.
The Swartberg pass was built between 1881 and 1888 by Thomas Bain, son of the famous Andrew Geddes Bain who built Baines Kloof and many more.
The dry-stone retaining walls are still in place and almost 120 years old! For the tourist it offers exceptional beauty and a lot of time should be set aside to travel the 24 km of pass as there are lots of opportunities to stop for photographs, a rest or perhaps a delightful pick nic sampling some of the local wine and produce.
Reference material & photo - courtesy of TV Bulpin; H. Cilliers