Oa­sis on the Ka­roo’s edge

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 -

lovely part of the Ka­roo, though, are the Swart­berg Pass and nearby Meir­ingspoort.

They are as dif­fer­ent as two moun­tain tra­verses can be: the for­mer is hot, rough and starkly beau­ti­ful while Meir­ingspoort is cool and pretty, a river with clear waters bub­bling through it as huge red rock for­ma­tions loom men­ac­ingly over­head.

It’s a re­ally pleas­ant day out­ing to set out from Prince Al­bert af­ter break­fast, first go­ing over the Swart­berg Pass to Cal­itz­dorp where you can stop off at one of the famed Route 62 brandy dis­til­leries.

You re­turn through Oudt­shoorn – as quickly as pos­si­ble, in my case – and stop off for a latish lunch in leafy De Rust be­fore tak­ing a leisurely drive through Meir­ingspoort.

You can al­ways stop off at Berg­wa­ter Wines, 22km out­side Prince Al­bert, to stock up for the evening ahead.

PIC­TURES: JIM FREE­MAN

AE­RIAL VIEW: Prince Al­bert is not par­tic­u­larly pic­turesque but sits on the edge of the big-sky Great Ka­roo. The town has some de­cid­edly su­pe­rior restau­rants and a host of B&Bs.

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