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Scenic Mountain Passes

Mossel Bay, South Africa

Scenic Mountain Passes


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Cut through the majestic Outeniqua Mountains, taking in sublimely beautiful semi-desert terrain and fertile valleys, on this vista-filled tour. Settle in for a relaxing drive east along the magnificent Garden Route, passing ancient forests, golden beaches and craggy peaks covered in a flowering scrub called fynbos. Upon reaching the town of George, established in the early 1800s as a timbering outpost, you’ll turn inland into the Outeniqua Mountains and notice the terrain quickly change from rugged coastal to an arid, desert-like landscape known as Karoo.

Cross the Outeniqua Pass along a highway that was painstakingly blasted out of nearly impenetrable bedrock and wind along marvelous, sweeping curves that offer panoramic views in all directions. You’ll learn the history of the pass, which was named after the indigenous people that once lived here, then arrive in the town of Oudtshoorn, set in an oasis-like location within a fertile valley. Behold the town’s elaborate architecture, which reflects the opulence engendered by the ostrich-feather boom of 1860-1914, when Oudsthoorn supplied exotic feathers to adorn the clothing of ladies throughout Europe. You’ll enjoy a brief stop for refreshments before making your way back to Mossel Bay through glorious Robinson Pass.

Need to Know:

Note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature with limited walking at the stops. The tour is available to guests who utilize a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; binoculars; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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