TO HEL AND BACK

TO HEL AND BACK

June 25, 2019 0 By Lize V

We have been to Die Hel and back… twice! This may sound a lot worse than it really is, but it’s definitely worth the visit!

Gamkaskloof, or better known as Die Hel, is probably one of the most talked about places to visit in the Western Cape which
forms part of the Swartberg Nature Reserve and is under management by Cape Nature.

Die Hel, or The Gamkaskloof was discovered in the early 19th century by farmers.
The first permanent settler was Peter Swanepoel, who settled in the valley in the 1830s.
Later, the Marais, Cordier and Joubert Nel Mostert families settled in the valley, growing to a community of around 160 individuals.

The Gamkaskloof pass is about 50 kilometres long, with a travelling time of 2 hours, however you can add another hour on top of that for stops along
the route, taking photographs and appreciating the incredible surroundings.


We have seen and drove Die Hel on a perfect day and on a really wet and wintery day!
We did not at all expect the rainy weather for our weekend away and were caught in some extreme fog, and rains that made the pass quite slippery.
This also added another 2 hours to our travelling time.

SOME TIPS FOR PLANNING YOUR TRIP TO DIE HEL:

TIME MANAGEMENT

Be sure to give yourself enough time to drive the Swartberg and Gamkaskloof. This is not roads you are able to drive at a fast pace.

COME PREPARED

The nearest town, Price Albert, may not be far from Gamkaskloof, but it will surely take you a while to get there!
With that said, be sure that you have packed ALL you need.

OFF THE GRID

Once you reach the Gamkaskloof turn off from Swartberg Pass, there is NO signal. There is also no Wifi and signal once you have reached
the bottom of the pass. All the Cape Nature accommodation units are powered by solar and gas, but there are no plug points.

If you’re an adventure seeker this will be the perfect place to visit. Die Hel is filled with history and breathtaking moments that nature has to offer,
and are ready to amaze you every step of the way!