Gamkaskloof - Die Hel, Western Cape
Gamkaskloof, popularly known as Die Hel, is a valley hidden in the Swartberg Mountains where a group of trekboers settled in the 1830s. This community of self-sufficient farmers lived here for more than 130 years, isolated from the outside world but for five footpaths, which they used to reach Prince Albert and Calitzdorp. They traded dried fruit and beans for cloth, sugar, tools and their main luxury item, coffee.
A road was finally bulldozed into the Gamkaskloof between 1962 1nd 1963, linking up with the Swartberg Pass in the east.
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