In 1830 the original Sir Lowry’s Pass was opened for the first time. Although it has been upgraded a lot since then, this magnificent mountain pass still represents all of its former glory as it slopes across the Hottentots Holland Mountains.
It has come a long way since being constructed by soldiers and convicts under the watchful eyes of General Major C.C. Michell, and today it is one of the most used mountain passes in the country as it is located on one of South Africa’s main highways, the N2.
Since you might be (and should be!) too busy focusing on the road and all of its turns while you are driving, there is a beautiful view point at the very top of the pass. From here you can take in some breathtaking views of the Helderberg, Cape Town, False Bay, and the luscious green hills of the Helderberg mountain range.
There is plenty of parking space here, and equal amounts of space for a picnic with a view – just beware of baboons, and remember that you are not allowed to feed them!
The surrounding area is known to be a leopard hotspot, so don’t go wandering too far off into the fynbos!
From the view point you can clearly see the traffic coming up the steep hill on the Gordons Bay side of the pass, especially around the signature hairpin about halfway up.
If you wish to jump off the mountain without a fatal crash landing, you might want to consider the guys from Fly Cape Town Paragliding! The views from the air are even more spectacular than from the view point!
You will be sure to have plenty of company at this view point, as many travellers and tourists regard the Sir Lowry’s Pass viewpoint as a must-see. And it truly is just that!
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