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Five Mountain passes to explore in the Western Cape

The Western Cape is blessed with so much natural beauty and places to explore it’s no wonder that people travel to this part of South Africa from all over the world to experience this. From the majestic Cape Town with its towering table mountain to the many picturesque wine routes not from any destination, this is why it’s stayed an important location for South African and international visitors looking to experience this part of Africa. Here are five mountain passes for those looking to get away this holiday season and explore.

Getting there

Some of these mountain passes won’t be fully paved and so if you don’t own a 4x4 this is something to consider. Hiring any kind of vehicle or car from Cape Town is as easy as one two three. Cape Town car hire is your best bet of getting to see all the great mountain passes the Western Cape has on offer.

Swartberg Pass


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This iconic mountain pass has a long and illustrious rich story behind it which dates back to some of the first settlers to come to this country from foreign shores. Thomas Bain’s started construction on this road in 1881 and it was completed 1888. The pass is said to be a challenging drive but motorists will be treated to magnificent views once they reach. There are also signposts stating the historical significance of every turn. For more information visit this website.

Akkedisberg Pass - R326


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This pass has even more significant history to the area and its illustrious origins date back to 1776 another pivotal mountain path which has played its own role in the frontier history of South Africa. Travel back in time to The Klein River which runs from Hermanus and enjoy this riveting piece of South African history.

Mitchell's Pass, Ceres, 6835


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This mountain pass runs towards the beautiful fruit bearing town of Ceres and is a gateway to other noteworthy towns in the area such as Worcester, Tulbagh and the Breede River Valley. There is also a railway now running through this area which was reopened in 2015 and the pass ensures breathtaking views of the mountains of this iconic part of the Western Cape.

Dasklip Pass R44


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This is one of the most scenic and beloved mountain ranges in the entire Western Cape for various reasons. After the path was tarred a few years ago many believe that it’s less exhilarating than before due to the fact that it was recently tarred. This hasn’t stopped it from being a great place to go on a scenic drive not far from Cape Town.

Clarence Drive R44


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This drive takes one around the Gordon's Bay area through the windy yet picturesque Rooi Els and eventually to the north-eastern part of False Bay which is also in the vicinity of the Hottentots Hollands Mountains. The drive will enable you to traverse through two towns with the usual picturesque Western Cape scenery including the beautiful yet icy Atlantic Ocean coast.

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