Location: On the road to Die Hel, Western Cape, South Africa Date: January 2012 Description: The road to Die Hel branches off the main route of the Swartberg pass at an elevation of 1,375m above sea level. It is a narrow, precarious path which leads to the Gamkaskloof Pass - considered one of the most dangerous in the world. However, the road never fails to amaze the traveller with its beauty as it winds through the fantastic folds of the Swartberg Mountains. Click here to view the amazing picture by Devin Finaughty
NI have to introduce the next place we stopped in, because I heard so many stories since we set of on our journey that I was petrified of this place and I honestly had no reason to feel so. But I had good reason to doubt, because I was told of guests who couldn’t sleep because they heard ghosts talking and saw them sweeping past their beds while they were trying to sleep. What I never realized was that ‘Die Hell’ was actually a campsite and guesthouse, but originally it was a small community who lived in isolation for more than a hundred years. The only reason it was called ‘Die Hell’ was because so many people had died trying to build the pass from the Swartberg Pass to ‘Die Hell’. Click here to read more..
This website reviews roads for all over the world and the route into Die Hel to Boplaas Farm has been featured on the site for the world to read. There is a great article and some pictures too. Click here to have a look
Deon de Waal has taken some beautiful shots of Die Hel, to have a look click on the link below. These are some great images. Deon de Waal
As of the 1st March the Boplaas tariffs will be: Jan Eentand, Oom Hannes en Piet: One Night: R900.00 per night 2-4 Nights: R800.00 per night Pay for 5 nights and receive a sixth night free! Die Stalletjie: One Night: R600.00 2-4 Nights: R500.00 per night Pay for 5 nights and receive a sixth night free! Camping: R200.00 per site. Only one car per site
Hendrick Mostert, our last 'stoker' was born in Gamkaskloof and has written a book, in collaboration with Dr Jan van Elfen, about herbal remedies and the use of witblits in the valley. A very interesting read, it is available from Janus Art and Books, Box 147, Prince Albert, 6930, at a cost of R25 including postage.
"If experiencing its legendary access road isn’t enough to get you down into Gamkaskloof, then the chance at delving into a thankfully unforgotten part of South African history may well be" - Matt Covarr. Click on the link below to read Matt's experience whilst driving into Die Hel, he does go into detail and writes a great piece on the experience of getting into Die Hel with his Landrover. Click here to read more
Please note that the pass is currently closed. Latest reports are that repair vehicles were sent in and also got stuck in the mud...literally. As you've seen on the news, the Beaufort-West region recently received much needed rain. The Gamka-dam is currently overflowing and the river is coming down at a rapid pace. This means that the bridge leading across the river to Boplaas is also under water. We can therefore not gauge whether the bridge was damaged and therefor Boplaas is completely inaccessible. Cape Nature have closed their reserve for 10 days as a precautionary measure. With repair vehicles already on site and no more rain expected, we are positive that by next week the road will be open once again. We will keep you posted on the condition of the road as we get reports in. If you are/were planning a trip into The Hell, please call Cape Nature on 0235411736 for up to the minute reports on the road.
Someone was bright enough to film their entry into Die Hel, click on the link below for a look at the spectacular drive into this wonderful valley, thanks to whoever did this, it is great. Click here for the videos
Over night stay in Die Hel from Sedgefield, check out this article, has some great old pics. Click here to view