South Africa :: Western Cape (Klein Karoo)
Category: Places :: Town Small
'Die Hel' / 'The Hel', situated in the Gamkaskloof, is situated about 100 km's from Oudtshoorn, and runs as a 20km long valley. Archaeological evidence shows that the Khoisan first inhabited this area. 'Die Hel' was eventually discovered by a farmer searching for lost cattle in the 1800's. Various Afrikaans families settled in this fertile area, and lived, largely isolated from the outside world, for about 130 years. Today, 'Die Hel' can only be approached from Oudtshoorn or Prince Albert via the Swartberg Pass. The name 'Die Hel' (ie. 'The Hell') came about after monthly visits from a local stock inspector, who had to descend into this valley on a steep descent, known as the 'ladder', hence 'die hel' was coined.
|Address :||Tourism Office, Gamkaskloof, Scenic Cape Route 62, South Africa|
|Contact :||Tourism Office|
|Tel :||+27(0)23 541 1107|
|Fax :||+27(0)23 541 1107|
|Email :||Click Here|
|Website :||Click Here|
|Tourist Information :||Yes|
|Facilities :||Shops, Lodging, Camping|
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