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“Boplaas rocks” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Die Hel

Die Hel
Swartberge Pass | Between Calitzdorp and Prince Albert, Prince Albert, South Africa
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Type: Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails, Outdoors
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Umhlanga Rocks
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“Boplaas rocks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Great walks, cool waters. Oom Hanes house was right next to the farm dam and had easy access to the walks. The braai area was under some pepper trees so between the shade and the dam it was the perfect place for summer in hell.

Visited December 2012
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“Best kept secret!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Against all the advice, we took an ordinary car down to Die Hel, which was exciting to say the least. It was worth every bump in the road. It took us 3 hours to get to the Jouberts and then abother half an hour to reach our cottage "Jan Eentand". The cottage consists of two buildings, one housing the living room and kitchen, the other housing the bedrooms. It was very clean considering all the dust. We had a braai on the night and sat watching the stars for ages. With no electricty you do need to make sure you take a torch or gas lamp. Donald who lives in the next cottage (10 minute walk away) was very helpful and his dog Maggie kept up company all night! We stayed for one night but wished it could have been longer. Go prepared and you will love it - a proper place away from everything!

Visited November 2012
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“Weekend away... From everything!!! Plus some excitement!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

What an absolutely awesome break away, from all he stress and tension in the world!!!
No internet, no cellphone reception, no electricity..... What joy... Just relax and be as peace...
Lovely chalets, we stayed in Oom Hannes se husie for 4 days, having a braai for breakfast and dinner. Gas stove, fridge and geyser available. Spectacular views of the Swartberg mountain range. And so quiet... Shuuuuuush....
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The road to and from die hel causes some excitement, especially arriving in the dark and leaving again in the snow...!
Highly highly recommendable for anyone that just wants to runaway!

Visited July 2012
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“Its called The Hell for a reason”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

The Hell hosts an interesting open air museum with a fascinating history, stories and folklore. It also boasts some of the best views of South African nature, valeys, mountains and rich plant life. There are however a few things that you have to consider before taking the road to "The Hell"

1. Although possible to reach The Hell by ordinary car it is not recommended. You need a car with good ground clearance (at least 150mm) and a strong engine to climb the steep pass. An AWD/FWD or 4x4 vehicle is highly recommended.

2. It takes at least 2 1/2 hours to reach The Hell from the turn off on the Swartberg pass. 3 hours from Prince Albert. Head out early to avoid traffic. It is a single lane gravel road of 47km that winds through mountains with needle pin bends. Plan well ahead so as not to get stuck on the road at night-this will certainly lead to accidents or even death.

3. Your vehicle MUST have good brakes. The pass is extremely steep.

4. Its dusty.....very very dusty. Everything is covered in dust. The lodging is dusty, the bedding is dusty, the plates and utensils are dusty...everything is dusty!

5. If you plan to stay the night make sure your accommodation has hot water. Test it before sunset. Once its dark nobody will come to replace the gas cylinders. And believe me...it gets bitterly cold.

6. If you are on a shoestring budget or have ever wanted to know how crappy camping in a caravan can be, then try out the caravans at Piet se Staning. Although clean, the caravans are old, bedding torn and dusty and bitterly cold at night.

7. There is no electricity. Bring your own gas lamps and gas cookers unless you are eating at the dusty restaurant or BRAAI.

8. There is no cellphone reception. Inform the information office of your expected time of arrival, vehicle make, colour and registration. This will assist them to find you if your vehicle got stuck or if you have a break down.

If you follow these hints and you are well aware of what to expect re road, dust, time and primitivity your trip will surely be an amazing not-to-be-forgotten experience.

Visited September 2012
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“Not for the Fainthearted, but worth it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We went just after a particularly rainfall season making the already narrow road treacherous. Once arriving in hel(l) we had coffee at the farm-stall and chatted to a fascinating lady - being a sixth generation 'klower' with tales and folklore of this stunningly beautiful valley. We drove up the valley and had an equally informative session with the lady (and a local friend) who amazed us with the rich and pioneering history of the first people in the valley.
The scenery driving there and back is breathtakingly beautiful with changing colours of the mountains and the shadows of the clouds adding to a visual experience,
Plan your day to enjoy the experience as driving there and back takes a while - so make it worthwhile with a picnic basket and allow time to enjoy!

Visited August 2012
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