A truly spectacular overland day out starts with refreshments at the southern foot of the Swartberg mountain pass i.e. near Oudtshoorn called Kobus se Gat. Pre-book in the evenings for a banquet feast of local foods. There’s nice places to stay nearby, perhaps the exquisite Groetfontein Retreat 29Km from Calitzdorp. Spoil yourself.
The route is approximately is 67Km from Oudtshoorn to Print Albert. The actual Swartberg pass itself is is 22km on a dirt road.
Then comes the humongous ascent up the corrugated pass which compromises of steep switch backs, narrow sections, rocks and as always dust.
The views are to die for and at various stops allows for some magical views towards Oudtshoorn. When you crest the top, expect a magical descent and array of the wildest rock formations you have ever seen.
Low down in the valley is a river which flanks the road heading towards Prince Albert, which looks like a film set out of a Wild Western.
Once you down you drive into the lovely town of Prince Albert. On the left is the Lazy Lizard http://lazylizardprincealbert.co.za which used to be an old bus terminal and has the best Apple Pie in the county! Stop, stop, stop as your next decision is, shall I have it with vanilla ice-cream or cream.
What a day out!