Swartberg Pass with its large altitudinal gradient supports a variety of plant life and bird species. It also boasts spectacular landscape photography scenery.
Leaving Oudtshoorn at dawn, thin wisps of pink and golden dawn touched cloud contrast against the black silhouettes of the rugged Swartberg Mountain. The trip through the spectacular 4x4 pass leads through several habitats that showcase numerous plant and bird species as well as providing the opportunity to view interesting geological formations.
The base of the southern slopes holds patches of heavily vegetated thicket, while on the southern slopes, mountain Fynbos is present. Restoid and arid mountain Fynbos is present on the top of the pass and en-route to “Die Hell”. The northern slopes have deep gorges, with small flowing streams in the wet season. North of the pass, typical arid Karoo veld is present.