Built in 1862, Schoemanspoort leads the traveller from Oudtshoorn to the Cango Caves, its awesome beauty has been exposed to many, both local and foreign, almost coincidentally as they endeavour to reach the popular caves.
It winds its way alongside the Grobbelaars River, with the steep mountain cliffs rising sharply alongside the door panels. Schoemanspoort is a narrow kloof running adjacent to the historic pass which lead to the Cango Caves. As is evident in all the natural attractions of the area, the sheer beauty of Schoemanspoort is awe inspiring and humbling in its essence and magnitude.
As one meanders through this breathtaking poort, its stark beauty most impressive, the rock formations and erosion caused by the river over the millennia, one muses at just how beautiful this Earth of ours indeed is, how it was created, and naturally about its Creator as well. Like Meiringspoort, Schoemanspoort’s beauty leaves one pondering for hours after departing.
Schoemanspoort forms a part of a route the traveller may want to consider over a day or two, involving the Montagu Pass, Outeniqua Pass, Meiringspoort, Kriedouw Pass, the awesome Swartberg Pass and then Schoemanspoort.
What a life! A tough life in Africa!