Sir Lowry's Pass Tours

This mountain pass in Helderberg was named after Sir Galbraith Lowry Cole, who was governor of the Cape in 1828. Today's four-lane highway is a far cry from the original pass, when travelers would have had a far more challenging time negotiating this formidable mountain range. Now Sir Lowry’s Pass allows easy passage across this daunting natural barrier with the chance to enjoy some spectacular views along the way.

The striking beauty of the area, which is often mysteriously shrouded in mist and rain, more than makes up for the traffic that inevitably builds up through Somerset West and around Gordons Bay. The summit provides one of the most dramatic backdrops in the Western Cape, and on a clear day it’s even possible to see the range from the southern suburbs of Cape Town some 37 miles (60 km) away.

Practical Info

Sir Lowry's Pass can be reached by following the N2 highway from Cape Town. The car park on the approach to the top of the pass on the western side is a good spot for stopping and exploring the area.
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Address: Sir Lowry's Pass, Helderberg 7135, South Africa
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Cape Agulhas Tour from Cape Town

See the rugged natural beauty of Cape Agulhas on this tour from Cape Town. Visit the southernmost point of Africa, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet. Return to Cape Town via the whale-watching town of Hermanus.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$159.49
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Shark Diving Private Day Tour to Gansbaai from Cape Town

If you’re a thrill seeker at heart, get your adrenaline pumping on this private, full-day tour of Gansbaai from Cape Town, including a 3-hour shark cage-diving experience. Board a boat, and sink to underwater depths in a protected cage to see sharks and even whales swimming in their natural habitat. Afterward, pick your next adventure before heading back to Cape Town. Choose to go to Hermanus, Overberg, or Stoney Point.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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US$128.73
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  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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6 Day Cape to Addo Safari

This incredible South African ecotour offers the chance to swim with great white sharks, jump from the world’s highest bungee and zipline through a treetop obstacle course. Or you can opt for the chill version and simply enjoy cliff-top whale watching, canoeing, game tracking, hiking through national forests and relaxing on beautiful beaches. Whichever route you prefer, this adventure tour of the Cape Peninsula from Cape town will not disappoint.
  • Duration: 6 days
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US$514.93
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  • Duration: 6 days
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Full Day Private Whale Watching Penguins and Wine Tasting Tour from Cape Town

Enjoy the best of stunning Cape Town on this private tour that includes whale watching, penguins viewing and wine tasting. You'll journey to the rugged cliffside town of Hermanus, known as the whale capital of South Africa. You will cross Sir Lowry's Pass where you may spot the national bird: the Blue Crane. After spending some time at Walker Bay, stop to see Cape Penguins in their natural habitat on the way back. Finally, enjoy a light lunch (own expense) and wine tasting before returning to Cape Town.
  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
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US$184.52
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  • Duration: 9 to 10 hours
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Whale Watching Private Day Tour to Gansbaai from Cape Town

The coastal waters off Hermanus are home to a spectacular range of marine wildlife, but the only way to enjoy truly up-close views is by boat. On this private wildlife cruise, spot humpback whales, dolphins, and more in their natural habitat with your guide. Spin through the seaside villages of Betty's Bay and Kleinmond—with round-trip travel from your Cape Town hotel included—and experience the best of the South African coast.
  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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US$127.30
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  • Duration: 7 to 9 hours
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Full Day Whale Watching Tour in Hermanus from Cape Town

Swap the hustle and bustle of Cape Town for a peaceful day of scenic views and a whale watching boat trip. No need to worry about booking your own transport as hotel pickup and drop-off is included. You won’t waste a moment, as your guide will point out attractions en route such as Pringle Bay and Fernkloof Nature Reserve. After a delicious lunch, you’ll go on a whale watching boat trip to spot these magnificent creatures in the wild.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$210.98
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Wine-Tasting and Whale-Watching Tour from Cape Town

Combine two of South Africa's top activities, whale-watching and wine-tasting, in a single 9-hour tour from Cape Town. Travel to Hermanus to see right whales off the coast or upgrade your tour with an optional whale-watching cruise. Taste local wines in the Hemel en Aarde Valley, then visit Sir Lowry's Pass and Elgin. Tastings and round-trip transportation from your accommodations in Cape Town are included.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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US$81.17
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Private Full Day Ziplining Day Tour from Cape Town

With soaring mountains and dense forests, Cape Town is an outdoor adventure lover’s dream destination. On this private tour, zoom between the peaks by zipline and test your nerve on tree-top suspension bridges within the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. Zipline, swing, and climb your way through the South African countryside, experience high-speed aerial thrills and spills, and relax in pretty Franschhoek—with lunch and round-trip travel from your Cape Town hotel included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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US$127.30
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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3-Day 'Stoked on the Southern Cape' Surf Trip

This epic 3-day surf road trip adventure offers you the unique opportunity to learn how to surf or improve your surfing whilst exploring some of the best-kept secrets of the Southern Cape. We follow the beautiful coastline from Cape Town to our surf camp accommodation in the picturesque beachside village of Arniston. En route we stop off to surf at one of the many beaches along the way. Daily progressive surf lessons are combined with activities including visiting the Southernmost Tip of Africa, whale spotting in Hermanus, sandboarding at sunset and hiking along sand dunes to hidden seas caves. Join us on this experience of a lifetime!
  • Duration: 3 days
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US$318.26
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  • Duration: 3 days
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15-Day Picturesque South Africa Journey from Cape Town

Immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of South Africa on this 15-day tour of the country's highlights. Visit Johannesburg, drive the Garden Route, and spend a few days in the Mother City, among other activities. Fourteen nights of accommodations, ground transport via minivan, and meals per itinerary included. This tour is limited to a small group of 15 people or fewer.
  • Duration: 15 days
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US$4,353.25
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  • Duration: 15 days
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Full Day Cape Agulhas and Winelands Tour from Cape Town

This 10-hour Private Tour of Small Parties takes you to the "Tip of Africa", exact place "Where the Two Oceans Meet" - Atlantic and Indian Oceans. While putting your one foot on the Indian Ocean side and the other on the Atlantic Ocean side, the guide will take a picture of you having a glass of "Sjampagne. An optional visit will be a visit the the lighthouse (third oldest in South Africa with many steps to give you a birds-eye view of the two oceans. Although it is a long journey-4 hours, stops will be made en route, one in Hermanus, the Whale Capital of South Africa, as well as at "Stoney Point" to see the hundreds of Cape Fur Seals in its natural habitat. Needless to say, the drive will take you along awesome mountain passes and will concluded with a picturesque Coastal Drive on the way back into the "Mother City" Keep your eyes peeled for the National Bird of South Africa, the Blue Crane, as the region known as "Overberg" is the natural habitat of this beautiful bird.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$200.25
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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