The "Ou Tol" Project
The iconic “Ou Tol” buildings on the Swartberg Pass serves as the base camp from which the
H.O.P.E Foundation will coördinate its conservation initiatives. The first phase of the
project is to convert the main building into an conservation information centre with a
“berg kombuys” ( mountain kitchen) that will serve refreshments and light meals to
Through a joint venture with CapeNature Conservation, the H.O.P.E Foundation will focus
its conservation initiatives on projects within the Swartberg Nature Reserve. Having being
awarded a 10 year concession to manage the “Ou Tol” buildings (located on the Swartberg
Pass) the H.O.P.E Foundation is eager to commence its conservation programme to ensure
that this World Heritage Site is enjoyed and appreciated by our current generation and
preserved for future generations.
We think that the beauty of the nature reserve is uniquely moving. Of course, our
remote location means we are a bit difficult to reach for those who want to fly in
using the cheapest airline tickets, but for those
willing to make an extra bit of effort, Swartberg possesses undeniable qualities
that should be preserved.