The Gamkaskloof is a wilderness destination that will truly delight the hearts of people enjoying wild and lonely places. It is situated in a secluded valley in the heart of the Swartberg Mountains, Karoo, South Africa and can only be reached by road.
You first need to cross the Swartberg Mountain Pass either from Oudtshoorn or from Prince Albert. At the top of the pass you will find the turn off that descends into The Hell or "Die Hel" as it is also known as locally in Afrikaans.
It is possible to make this a day trip. Just make sure that you allow yourself ample time for the journey. It takes 2 hours to complete the trip of 50 kilometer from the turn off at the top of the Swartberg Pass to the bottom and another two hours back.
The gravel road itself is in good condition and an ordinary sedan will make it. At the bottom of the valley it may be a different story. We were there just after the river flooded and all the drifts and much of the road were washed away so a vehicle with high ground clearance was essential. So, be sure to check the condition of the road before tackling the trip.
Personally, I think if you are going make the effort to visit this beautiful, wild valley, you should at least stay a couple of nights to really enjoy this remote destination. Accommodation is available in the form of camping as well as self catering chalets.
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