• Tour code: 20510P1
  • Location: Oudtshoorn, South Africa
  • Duration: Flexible
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Spend some time in the great outdoors during this full-day private trip to South Africa’s Swartberg Mountains region. Experience the postcard-perfect scenery and diverse wildlife of this natural haven as you stop at the UNESCO-listed Swartberg pass, scout for ‘klipspringer’ (antelopes) and jackals, and learn about local conservation efforts at the H.O.P.E. Foundation, plus much more.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the great outdoors during a visit to South Africa's Swartberg Mountain region
  • Admire the views as you ascend up to Swartberg Pass by car
  • Stop at the UNESCO-listed Swartberg Pass, a mountain road dating back to 1888
  • Take a hike to check out 300 million-year-old sandstone formations and scout for local wildlife
  • Learn about local conservation efforts at the offices of the H.O.P.E. Foundation
  • Includes private vehicle transport, driver-guide, and nature reserve entrance fees
  • Perfect outing for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts

What You Can Expect

Full-Day Swartberg Mountain Tour from Oudtshoorn

Klein Karoo

Receive a morning pickup from your Oudthoorn accommodations. Your exact schedule is flexible, so please confirm your exact departure time with the operator. Head north out of town into the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, ascending 2,900 feet (880 meters) to Swartberg Pass.

Reach the top of this mountain pass and UNESCO World Heritage site at a height of 5,100 feet (1,500 meters) above sea level. Enjoy the views of the “Klein” and “Great Karoo” down below as you learn about the intensive effort (dating back to the 19th century) involved in the construction of this famous mountain road.

You’ll leave from the pass on foot for a scenic hike into the surrounding countryside. Admire the area’s 300 million-year-old sandstone formations and keep your eyes peeled for local wildlife like Verreaux’s eagles, buzzards, jackals, and klipspringer (antelopes) as you walk. Plant lovers should also look out for the area’s protea plants, which provide nectar for local sunbirds, as well as several “fynbos” species like the pincushion plant and cone bush.

Finish your hike and head back to Swartberg Pass, continuing to the mountain offices of the H.O.P.E. Foundation. Spend time learning about the conservation efforts designed by the group’s members, and then proceed on a second leisurely hike to explore the area plant and animal life. You’ll finish the trip with a drop-off back at your Oudthoorn accommodations.

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