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“MORE PASSES THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT”

7 Passes Scenic Drive
Ranked #25 of 76 things to do in Knysna
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Owner description: This 75 km historic road was completed in 1883. Rivers generally flow in deep gorges on their way from the mountains to the sea, therefore there are seven passes along the way, hence the name of the route. These are the passes crossing the Swart-, Kaaimans- and Silver-, Touw-, Hoogekraal- and Karatara rivers, the Homtini gorge and the Phantom pass. Knysna Phantom Pass to Saasveld George | 75 km | +/- 1 Hour, 30 min driving time
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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“MORE PASSES THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT”
Reviewed 18 February 2013

Being lucky enough to travel this road regularly we never tire of it nor get bored. If it's not wild animals that cross your path, its birds and butterflies, flowers and views in all directions dependant on the time of the year. Don't expect to be in a rush its part dirt and part tar. If your in a hurry go on the N2 and risk life and limb. Stop at one of eateries which are in the main at the Knysna end of the pass they offer excellent food at very competitive prices. Use the experience to venture onto the other passes in the area as the name implies there are 7.

Visited February 2013
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Mossel Bay
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Stunning Drive”
Reviewed 10 September 2012

The views through these passes is believable stunningly beautiful. Lovely view of the Outeniqua Mountains and forests. Spend time here, turn of and enjoy nature at it's best. Have a burger and tea at Dotties in Rheenendal or visit the old gold mines on this route...

Visited June 2012
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South Africa
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“Amazing drive”
Reviewed 9 September 2012

This is one of the most wonderful drives, with Mountain stone and birds, rivereen and some wild life , the views and flora are really something special and the views change by the hour as the sun settles in the valleys and changes the color of the mountain stones

Visited September 2012
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Knysna, South Africa
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64 reviews
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“Contrast”
Reviewed 28 August 2012

I only did the section from Rheenendal past Karatara to the back of Wilderness but it was magnificent. The farms are so green and the contrast between the city only 30 minutes away is amazing. Lovely view of the Outeniqua mountains. Karatara is the village that time forgot - so pretty but almost a ghost town.

Visited April 2012
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Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa
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“Stunning”
Reviewed 20 June 2012

The views through these passes is unbelievably beautiful. Not for the faint hearted who do not like going through the forests on gravel roads.

Visited February 2012
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