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Prince Alfred Pass

The Prince Alfred Pass at 88 kms long is the longest mountain pass in South Africa by a considerable margin

Prince Alfred Pass

Prince Alfred Pass

If you know anything about the passes in the Cape then you would have heard the name Thomas Bain more than once. Thomas Bain built 17 passes in the Cape but the Prince Alfred's Pass on the R339 gravel road between Knysna and Uniondale is probably his greatest work. At 88 km it is the longest mountain pass in South Africa by a considerable margin, as well as being the second oldest unaltered pass still in use. The full pass starts at Avontuur and ends at the junction with the N2 just east of Knysna.

Thomas Bain and his father Andrew Geddes Bain were asked to build the pass which was to be Thomas's greatest challenge. Work on the Pass started in 1860 and took only 4 years to complete. They mapped out the route that would go through dense forests and cost a fortune at that time. Bain cut, planed and dry-walled, and with his team of Cape convicts, spent those four years building the Prince Alfred Pass. As with most of his passes, Thomas Bain surpassed himself and built a mountain road that was safe and scenic and is still the same over a century later. Today, Prince Alfred's Pass is a well-travelled road for both South Africans and international tourists linking the Klein Karoo with the coast.

The pass goes through four different Biomes on its route from Uniondale to Knysna which provide a home to an abundance of indigenous fauna and flora. The pass is also home to the Middle Keurbooms Conservancy which is a 30,000 hectare area which protects indigenous fauna and flora and participates in various eco-tourism and eco-farming activities. It is recorded that it is the only pass in South Africa where people live alongside the road and trade in the pass. The 88km pass is a long and beautiful road but about half way through it you will find the small town of De Vlugt. The town offers an array of quality restaurants, tea gardens and many unique outdoor activities.

There are a couple of things that visitors traveling this pass should take into consideration. There is no mobile phone reception on the pass, so make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip. There are also no banks or petrol stations so it is advisable to fill up your tank and your wallet at Uniondale before you negotiate the pass. For safety it is recommended that visitors always drive at a safe speed, remembering it is a gravel road so travel slowly. Descending traffic stops for upcoming vehicles. Look out for dust from approaching traffic and hoot on sharp bends. Please note that caravans and quad bikes are NOT allowed on the pass.

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Footprints of Knysna

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Knysna

11.7km South of center of Prince Alfred Pass

Nature meets adventure @ Footprints of Knysna. With their own particular brand of hospitality, passion for tourism, open approach and new ideas, Kitty and Danny are giving this tried and trusted accommodation (formerly Forget-me-Not) a fresh new look and.

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Acornhill

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12.0km South of center of Prince Alfred Pass

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Pumula Lodge

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12.5km South of center of Prince Alfred Pass

Pumula is an African name for "rest". For lovers of nature, the tranquil parkland atmosphere supports an abundant bird life and over 100 species have been identified to date. The lodge is centrally situated between the town and the famous "Knysna Heads" w

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Oniro on Thesen

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12.8km South of center of Prince Alfred Pass

This superb holiday home on Thesen Islands is designed for relaxed, easy indoor/outdoor living with large veranda with uninterrupted view of Knysna lagoon and wetlands. The ground floors and all bedrooms have high rafted ceilings, an open plan Lou

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Inyathi Guest Lodge Self Catering

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Knysna

13.5km South West of center of Prince Alfred Pass

Inyathi's fully equipped Self-Catering Chalets are situated in our highly convenient new location of 38 Trotter Street. Extremely central, but down a quiet side street away from the hustle and bustle, just two streets (450m) from the Waterfront, Featherbe

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Knysna Elephant Park

Game Reserve And Bush Lodge Accommodation in Harkerville

14.0km East of center of Prince Alfred Pass

Enjoy your elephant sleep-over in unique accommodation overlooking the boma; or spend the evening relaxing in the communal lounge, watching the elephants browse, feed and snooze...

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36 Ridge Dr Knysna

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Knysna

14.2km South West of center of Prince Alfred Pass

This stylish, contemporary holiday home with stunning views of the Knysna Lagoon and Knysna Heads is perfectly appointed for those wishing for a beautiful venue from which to explore Knysna.

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Salt River Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Knysna

15.0km South West of center of Prince Alfred Pass

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The Beach House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Knysna

15.2km South of center of Prince Alfred Pass

The Beach House Self Catering Apartments is the original site of the Beach House Hotel which was demolished in 1974 to build this home. It has been in the Krause family since then...

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Beacon House

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Knysna

15.3km South of center of Prince Alfred Pass

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