KKNK Detour: Meiringspoort flooded, Swartberg Pass closed indefinitely following heavy rain

2017-04-10 16:23 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - Easter weekend travellers heading to the Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees (KKNK) should take note the Swartberg Pass between Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert has been shut due to heavy rain. 

Meiringspoort Pass between De Rust and Beaufort West was also shut temporarily, but reopened late on Monday, 10 April. 

The Swartberg Pass gravel road, however, will remain shut indefinitely after the road was washed away completely. 

Photos shared to social media by Prince Albert local Renier van Nieuwenhuizen (see below) show the Swartberg pass road looking like a river. 

Meiringspoort on the N12 crosses the Swartberg mountain range in the Little Karoo. The pass has 13 bridges crossing the Groot River. Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa said on Sunday, 9 April, that floods and heavy rains have also trapped a passenger bus in Meiringspoort pass between De Rust and Beaufort West. 

News24 reports that the bus has since left the pass

According to the Prince Albert municipality, the road from Tweede Water to Prince Albert has been completely destroyed by flood water. Access to Gamkaskloof or Die Hel is only attainable via Oudtshoorn's side. 

This is what the road currently looks like - 

Travellers have been asked to use detour through Willowmore to Beaufort West to avoid the Swartberg pass on the R328. 

The KKNK kicked off on 8 April, and will continue until 15 April.  SEE: Four South African Festivals worth travelling for this Easter

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