The Cango Caves
The Cango Caves are listed among the world’s greatest natural wonders. Formed over millions of years, the caves offer a fascinating journey through breathtaking limestone formations. Although the caves had been used by Bushmen they remained unexplored until sometime around 1780. They are one of the 10 most visited tourist attractions in South Africa and are must to be visited. The caves were declared a National Monument in 1938 and stretch for more than 2 kilometres into the mountain.
The Swartberg Pass, also a National Monument, is just a few kilometres further north along the R328 towards Prince Albert and is described as one of the most spectacular and dramatic roads in the World.
The Swartberg Nature Reserve encompasses 129000 hectares of tranquillity and features remarkably diverse vegetation, including renosterveld, mountain fynbos, Karooveld, spekboom veld and numerous geophyte species.
This annual festival, held in March/April, featuring a week of dance, theatre, film, music, and visual art, attracts more than 100,000 visitors every year.
Visit some of the area’s numerous rivers, streams and falls in the nearby Swartberg, Outeniqua and Kamanassie Mountains. Two fine examples are the Vrede and the Meiringspoort Falls.