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Sir Lowry’s Pass


Sir Lowry’s Pass Vilage  is a town near the base of Sir Lowry’s Pass, about 60 km from Cape Town, South Africa.

Sir Lowry's Pass Village

In 1846 there was a Post Office, run by a postmistress, Mrs Walters, and six farms in the area. 43 years later the first steam train stopped there in 1890. The railway station later became the Post Office. The waiting room was also used for English Church Services in 1925, as there was no church building at the time. Wild flowers grew in profusion on the mountains and hills around the village and selling them was a major source of income for the villagers in the early 1900s. Today the little village is flanked by up-market residential estates and various wine farms.

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-Holand 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 Streenbras Dam.

Where to stay in Sir Lowy’s Pass Village

Sir Lowry's Pass Village Accommodation

With breath-taking views of the Hottentots Holland Mountains and False Bay, the accommodation in Sir Lowry’s Pass Village includes luxury lodges, garden cottages and chalets, self catering and bed and breakfast.

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Where to eat in Sir Lowry’s Pass Village

Sir Loery's Pass Village Resaurant

No matter what your taste, Sir Lowry’s Pass Village  has a variety of restaurants to suit you.

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Things to do in Sir Lowry’s Pass Village

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Horse Riding

Come and enjoy a beautiful horseback ride through the various vineyards of the Helderberg and through a few of the surrounding wine farms. The natural bird-life and beautiful mountains will add to the tranquillity of the ride. Some of the rides go through forests where the trees only slightly allow a glimpse of sky. With the only sound being the horse’s hooves on the earth, you will feel complete peace and relaxation. Read more…

Horse Riding

Paragliding | Sir Lowry’s

One of the flying sites of Paraglide South Africa is from the look-out point at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass on the N2, a mere 30-minute drive from Cape Town and a stone’s throw from Somerset West, Gordon’s Bay and Strand, at the edge of the Hottentots Holland mountain range. This site is flown during the off season when the winds are in a westerly direction, and what makes this site different is that you step out of the car and onto the launch site, no walking required. Read more…

Paragliding in Sir Lowry's Pass

Blue Rock

If you are looking for fun, sun and adrenaline; then Blue Rock is the ideal place. Blue Rock is a hidden-away paradise … you will feel like you have been on a mini-holiday! 

Blue Rock

Helderberg Wine Route

The Helderberg Mountains makes their presence felt on all of the wine estates on this route. The scenery and the terroirs are very similar to those found in the Stellenbosch area and some of South Africa’s best known and oldest estates can be found here. The Helderberg Wine Route offers its splendour all year round. In addition to the many fine wines available, a visit to the region may be complemented by a meal in one of the excellent restaurants, a hike or horse-ride in the mountains, a swim at one of the nearby beaches, or a visit to shops and craft market. Read more…

Wine Route Helderberg

Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Market

A Community Family Market not to be missed! The Sir Lowry’s Pass Village Market will be hosted every second Sunday of the month.

The Market with Meaning.  Our focus is LOCAL, HANDMADE, NATURAL and WHOLESOME!

Sir Lowry's Pass Village Market

More things to do in and around Helderberg:

 Type of Activity
 Activity & Area
 Sport/Adrenalin  Strand/Somerset West – Play a round of Golf at Strand Golf ClubSomerset West, or Erinvale Golf Course
Gordons Bay – Surf at Bikini Beach  or Koeel Bay
Gordons Bay – Go Deep Sea Fishing
Gordons Bay – Hike the Danie Miller Hiking Trail up to the GB sign
Gordons Bay – Rent a bicycle & cycle around our Village
Gordons Bay – Go Scuba Diving
Kogel Bay – Hike up to Crystal Pools (permits required)
Sir Lowry’s Pass – Go Horse Riding at Journey’s End
Somerset West – Go Hiking at the Helderberg Nature Reserve (Check our Events & Entertainment Page for Guided Hikes)
Sir Lowry’s Pass – Paraglide from Sir Lowry’s Pass Lookout Point (seasonal)
Sir Lowry’s Pass – Spend the day at Blue Rock where you can Cable Water Ski, Wake Board, Fufi Slide, Play Paint Ball, swim in the Badi or have a picnic
Somerset West – Hit a couple of balls at the Vodacom Golf Driving range
✓ Somerset West – Mountain Biking at Schapenberg located at Ongegund Lodge
Somerset West – Spend the day at Helderberg Farm where you can Mountain BikeHike one of their Trails, try the 4×4 Route, play Laser Games or go Gravel Carting
✓ Somerset West
Play Paintball at Helderberg Farm
Grabouw – Go on a quad biking adventure
Grabouw/Stellenbosch – Go on a Segway Adventure
Strand – Rent a surfboard from Son Surf School at Strand Beach & learn to Surf
Gansbaai – Go Shark Cage Diving
Betty’s Bay – Go Sand Boarding
 Sight  Seeing/Other ✓ Gordons Bay – Browse for some reading at Bikini  Beach Books
Gordons Bay/Strand/Somerset West – Treat yourself at one of our Spa’s
Gordons Bay – Visit an Art Exhibitions by our local artists – exhibitions take place the last weekend of every month.  Visit our Events & Entertainment Page for info.
Gordons Bay – Take a scenic drive up to the Steenbras Water Treatment Plant
Somerset West/Sir Lowrys Pass – Tour the Helderberg Wine Route
Lwandle – Visit the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum
Somerset West/Strand – Visit our famous Bird Watching spots
Somerset West – Go shopping at Somerset Mall
Somerset West/Gordons Bay – Visit one of our local Craft Markets
Gordons Bay – Take a scenic drive along Clarence Drive to Hermanus
Betty’s Bay – Visit the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
Hermanus – Go Go Whale Watching (seasonal)
Western Cape – Do the Brandy Route
 Family Activities

✓ Gordons Bay – Spend the day at one of our beaches
Gordons Bay – Have a picnic under the Milkwood trees
Somerset West – Have a picnic at the Helderberg Nature Reserve 
Somerset West – Go to a Summer Sunset Concert at Helderberg Nature Reserve (seasonal)      
Somerset West – Visit Monkey Town
Somerset West – Visit the Cheetah Outreach Centre where you can now Take a Cheetah for a walk on the Beach
✓ Strand – Spend the day at Strand Waterworld with water slides and putt-putt
✓ Strand – Spend the day on Strand’s 5km beach
Somerset West – Spend the day at Helderberg Farm’s picnic spots, petting zoo or go strawberry picking
✓ Klapmuts/Paarl – Visit Butterfly World
✓ Cape Town – Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront
 Betty’s Bay – Visit the Stony Point Penguin Colony

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