A scenic road to Garcia's Pass

Garcia's Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 548m (1,797ft) above the sea level, located North of Riversdale in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

Garcia's Pass

The pass connects the farming town of Riversdale on the coastal plateau with the inland Karoo town of Ladismith. The road to the summit is paved. It’s called R323. The pass is roughly 80 kilometres long and is a magnificent pass, with wonderful views over the valley. Explore the pass at your leisure as you will most likely have much of it to yourself. The road over the pass was opened on 31 December 1877. The pass today has been widened in places and a lot of the rather hairy sharp curves have been softened and supporting walls, some of them as high as 15 metres, constructed by the convicts under Thomas Bain.