Silver River Pass in Hoekwil, Wilderness, Western Cape
The Silver River Pass is one of the iconic Garden Routes “Seven Passes” which winds its way from George to Knysna. It’s so special in fact that it has been declared a national monument, and that’s not something you can say about many roads in South Africa!
The Silver River Pass begins where the Kaaimangat Pass ends, but many consider the two Passes to be one as they run seamless one into the other – similar in length and altitude. The only real difference between the two passes are the bends and curves! There are 30 in the particularly short Silver River Pass, equating to a bend every 90 metres.
Adam de Smit, brother-in-law to Thomas Bain, built the first four Passes and he did such a great job building the Silver River Pass, that almost no reconstruction has been needed to date. It follows a course through dense, indigenous forest and is a particularly scenic route. The bridge which crosses over the Silver River, the Pass is named after the beautiful Silver River, resembles an old English stone bridge, so pretty you will want to take a picture of this bridge, just keep an eye open for baboons and buck that roam this area.
Naturally getting to the Pass from the west (George) you would need to first drive the Swartrivier and Kaaimansgat Passes. The road is tarred, but old, so doesn’t allow for faster speeds. The road is also narrow and without safety shoulders so cyclists should be aware that the road could be dangerous.
Thing to do and see
- Silver River Bridge Crossing
- Touw River Pass
- Garden Route Scenery
- Seven Passes Route
- Cycling & Hiking Trails
Free to Drive
Best during daylight hours
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