Die Hel – Boplaas Guest Cottages lies on a private road at the most western end of Gamkaskloof (also known as “die Hel” or “The Hell”). Gamkaskloof (The Hell) is a unique valley – declared a World Heritage Site in 1997 – situated within the Swartberg Mountain Range. It is approximately 25 km. long and half a kilometre wide. The ownership of the valley is shared amongst three parties: Cape Nature; Annatjie Joubert, who owns a small piece of land within Cape Nature’s property and then Boplaas Guest Cottages, which is owned by Drs. Andre Louw, Henk Badenhorst, Roelof van Huyssteen and Mr. Johan Zaaiman (Civil Engineer). Because the private road ends at our property, no traffic is allowed past our locked gate – except for the owners and our guests staying in the cottages. This creates a unique opportunity to experience nature in absolute privacy.
Our property which includes the farms Boplaas and Kleinberg covers an area of approx. 4,000 hectares of mountains, valleys and even a perennial mountain stream; providing tranquil pools and pristine scenery that is not easily matched anywhere in the world.
The start of the well known “ladder” route is situated on Kleinberg. This route was used by livestock inspectors and traders to access the valley before the first road into Gamkaskloof (The Hell) was built in 1962. This almost untouched glimpse of history can only be visited and appreciated by being a staying guest at Boplaas Guest Cottages.