Meiringspoort, on the road between Beaufort West and Oudtshoorn, is one of the three scenic passes in the magnificent Swartberg Mountains. The 25km route through Meiringspoort is filled with picturesque “folded” rock formations and it follows the passage of the Groot Rivier, crossing it 25 times. It is a haven for many indigenous plants. Birdlife is rich and tourists may often catch sight of small buck and dassies (the rock hyrax). Among its most scenic spots is the Waterfall – legend has it that at this spot crystal-clear mountain water tumbles into a bottomless pit.