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About Gamkaskloof or Die Hel

Gamkaskloof, also known as Die Hel, is a really special full day’s outing, unfortunately only suitable for 4x4 vehicles. Be sure to pack your picnic basket and fill your tank before heading off into the Swartberg as there is no petrol in the valley.

Make a right turn at the sign (37 km), and experience magnificent views as you traverse this part of the Swartberg and meander down the zigzags of Elandspad to the almost ‘forgotten valley’ of the Kloowers, folk who lived in this fertile valley in isolation until 1962. Visit the kiosk for light meals and produce from the valley. Once refreshed, continue along the valley floor, crisscrossing the riverbed. Depending on time of year, it will be either dry or full, but still navigable.

Take time to stop and look at the interesting graveyard, school and schoolhouse as well as various Kloower’s cottages. It will take you around 30 minutes to reach Cape Nature’s kiosk, at the end of the valley, where you can laze under large trees and grass to enjoy your picnic. See the Norse watermill and learn more about these ‘almost forgotten’ people.

The return trip will take you almost 2.5 hours; so plan your departure time to arrive back before sunset, as it is not advisable to travel the mountain in the dark. (Total driving time in and out is 5 hours excluding refreshment stops).

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Reviews for Gamkaskloof or Die Hel

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Vicky Geralis
14 June 2016


Ras van der Merwe
31 December 2015

Breath taking ! You have to experience it yourself

Thys van der Merwe
04 May 2015

Secluded with beautiful nature surrounding both the Kloof and the Mountains around it.

Johnny Vermaas
27 December 2014

I made the drive with my wife in our Nissan Xtrail in August 2014. I have no 4x4 experience and did not know what to expect. The start was an easy dirt road drive. Later on, when we got into the mountains, I drove at very slow speeds and this gave us a good chance to enjoy the view. Two or three times we had to drive through some deeper water because of rainfall earlier that month. I also saw a regular two-wheel drive car behind us at some point but do not know if they drove/made it all the way to the end. The drive has great views but does not require any 4x4 experience. Just drive slow. At...
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Cindy Jordaan
26 December 2013

It was awesome going there, it's just so peaceful.

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Gamkaskloof or Die Hel is 7.2km from the centre of Prince Albert , the nearest airport 98.3km (George Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling