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Previously, I had to make a detour from where I was in Prince Albert around the Swartberg mountains of about roughly 120km via Meringspoort pass, instead of coming over the mountain (shown in the first picture below). This is one of my favourite Passes and is included on one of the tours, because you wind up some serious hills and twisty bits to get a view for hundreds of miles.
So once I'd got to this road, which is the exit to the Swartberg Pass on the Oudtshoorn side, I thought I'd check my suspicions that the pass was in fact not closed from this end. I rode up the road for about 4 km's and i discovered I was right. How frustrating is that?!
|Exit of the Swartberg pass|
|Only a few Km up the pass and you start getting altitude quickly|
|Where the sun is coming over the mountain is more or less where the pass road goes over the top|
|I carried on along down the road parallel to the mountains|
|Found this nice old ruin to photograph|
|Yes! back on dirt road my favourite|
|Swartberg Wildlife Lodge in the distance? Not sure probably|
More motorcycle adventure tours on our list of tour route summaries are available, where we explore these sorts of motorcycle adventure tour routes. Just choose one of our events and reserve yourself a place on one of the future motorcycle adventure safari events.