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Attraction Name: Swartrivier or Black River Pass
CATEGORY:: Natural Attractions
Type: Mountain Passes
Entrance Fee (Terms): Free - Self Drive
Description of Attraction: The Seven Passes Road, Garden Route

The scenic and historic “Seven Passes Road" - constructed by master pass builder Thomas Bain and his brother in law, Adam De Smidt - stretches between George and Knysna, and includes the Swartrivier Pass, Kaaimansgat Pass, Silver River Pass, Touw River Pass, Hoogekraal Pass, Karatara Pass and the Phantom Pass. The passes originated following a commission in the late 1800’s to construct a road between Knysna and George.

The “Seven Passes Road” – also known as the George Road, traverses lush scenery and winds through indigenous forest for roughly 75 kilometres, crossing 10 rivers and 7 gorges.

Swartrivier or Black River Pass

The Swartrivier- or Black River Pass – originally known as the ‘Zwartrivierhoogte Pass’, commences in George, bypasses the Garden Route Dam, crosses the Swart River (or Black River) and ascends to a hilltop in Saasveld . The pass is named for the Swartrivier (or Black River) and was first used in 1853.

The pass is suitable for all vehicles and is popular with cyclists.
Town: George
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
Posted / Updated: Sep 08, 2015
Daniel Clark
Registration Date: Mar 04, 2014
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First Name: Daniel
Last Name: Clark
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