Sir Lowry's Pass, Cape Town

#9 of 17 in Scenic Drive in Western Cape

Sir Lowry's Pass is a mountain pass on the N2 national road in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It crosses the Hottentots-Holland mountain range between Somerset West and the Elgin valley, on the main national road between Cape Town and the Garden Route. A railway line also crosses the mountain range at this point.

The pass is 4 lanes wide and is subject to heavy traffic, especially at the start and end of holiday periods when many people travel in and out of the Cape Town area, and is sometimes seen as an accident black spot.

The summit of the pass is at 920m. There is a viewpoint at the summit and this point is also used as a paragliding launch point. Baboons are often seen in this area. The top of the pass was formerly the start of the Boland Hiking Trail, but this section of the trail was closed after a number of deaths due to the difficult hiking conditions. On the Grabouw side, the road passes the Steenbras Dam.

Sir Lowry's Pass Village is situated near the base of the pass.
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  • If you ever have the opportunity to see False Bay in all its glory, take the trip up to the Sir Lowry's Pass and stop at the viewing area at the top. It is beautiful and breathtaking and gives a...  more »
  • Breathtakingly beautiful Lots to see, lovely places along the road to stop at. You just need to take it all in  more »
  • Wonderful view site
  • Very scenic overlooking Strand area

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