The Swartberg Pass / Gamkaskloof road turns 5 km south of Prince Albert from the Prince Albert / Klaarstroom road (R407). It is a gravel road and follows the eastern side of the Dorps River. Thorn thickets are right next to the road and host a variety of birds like Greater and Lesser Honeyguide, Cardinal Woodpecker, Acacia Pied Barbet, Fiscal Flycatcher, Pririt Batis, Southern Boubou, Southern Tchagra, Cape Sparrow, Southern Masked-Weaver, Red-faced, Speckled and White-backed Mousebird, Karoo Scrub-Robin, Red-billed Firefinch and in summer Jacobin, Klaas’s and Diederick Cuckoo. There is a resident pair of Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk breeding in the thorn trees and are regular sights on the telephone poles. In summer Steppe Buzzard is often seen, while Booted Eagle may be seen soaring overhead.
The dramatic Swartberg Pass links the Klein and Greater Karoos. The rugged scenery offers a wide array of Karoo, Fynbos and dryland specials.