The Swartberg Pass runs through the Swartberg Mountain Range and was built between 1881 and 1888 by Thomas Bain with the help of 250 convict labourers. He managed to keep the gradient lower than 1:8 throughout the pass. Due to the fact that it is a national monument it is for many South Africans the most interesting pass to drive from all gravel road passes. Much of the Swartberg is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – with great justice!

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