About Us

The area

Gamkaskloof means “Ravine of the lion” in the Khoi and Dutch languages. Birders will love the kloof with 153 species recorded to date. Both the majestic Verreaux Eagle and the Fish Eagle are happy residents of the Kloof. Amongst the many mammals you will more than likely see are Klipspringer, Grey Rhebuck and Kudu. Nocturnal animals include the Porcupine, Rooikat and Cape Leopard. Interesting places to see in the kloof include several historic houses, the schools, and a few lonely graves.”

History

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Accommodation and facilities

Oom Hannes’ and Vaal Johannes’ cottages are two of the renovated cottages providing self-catering accommodation run by Lida and Andre Louw. They provide the opportunity to experience in relative comfort a sample of how the isolated settler community would have lived before the road into the kloof was built. An attempt has been made to maintain as much of the original as possible while providing comfortable accommodation to our guests.

Vaal Johannes’ Cottage

Die Hel Boplaas Vaal Johannes cottage

Vaal Johannes’ Cottage was home to a certain Johannes, described to us as a shy person of few words, and hence the name; “Vaal Johannes’’. Restoration to this cottage which served as a store-room for many years was completed at the end of 2014. We strived to maintain as much of the original by retaining for example some of the graffiti scratched out on the walls in the sitting room area. It has become popular with honeymoon couples. This charming cottage accommodates a couple in one bedroom.

Lounge:
comfortable for 2.
Bedroom:
double bed with view of mountain facing south and north.
Kitchen:
kitchen table with 2 chairs, Dover stove, 1 burner gas stove, fridge, basin with hot and cold water.
Bathroom:
an outdoor shower, toilet and washbasin just outside the back door.
Braai area:
with table and chairs facing the southern berg and splash pool. Braai grid, black pot and utensils provided. Shaded area.
Cooling off:
private splash pool.
Wood:
available.
Parking:
at the cottage.
Rate:
R600.00 for the cottage per night.

Oom Hannes’ Cottage

Die Hel Boplaas Oom Hannes cottage

This cottage is named after the previous owner Hannes Mostert who farmed Boplaas with his brother Piet. This cottage accommodates 6 people in 3 small bedrooms. An attempt has been made to retain much of its rustic charm. The original steps, beams, reed ceilings and hearth with wood-burning Dover stove remain original. This cottage had no bathroom facility and not to stray from the original we were advised to add this facility as an outside addition. We have however added a toilet and basin with hot and cold water in the en suite to the main bedroom.

Lounge:
comfortable with dinner table for 6.
Main bedroom:
double bed with view of southern mountain, wash-basin and toilet en suite.
Bedroom 2:
double bed with north facing view down tree-lined path.
Bedroom 3:
2 single beds, window north facing.
Kitchen:
hearth, Dover stove, 2 burner gas stove, fridge and basin with hot and cold water.
Bathroom:
an outdoor shower, toilet and washbasin lead off the front veranda.
Braai area:
with table and chairs under large peppercorn trees. Braai grid, black pot and utensils provided.
Cooling off:
splash pool and "Oom Hannes se gat".
Wood:
available.
Parking:
at the cottage.
Rate:
R600.00 for the first 1-2 persons thereafter R200.00 p.p.p.n.
All bedding, cutlery and crockery as well as the basic required kitchen utensils are provided.

What to pack

All food and drinks
Toiletries
Torches - Headlamps are ideal.
Good walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat.
Warm clothing
Books, sketchbooks, cameras, binoculars, mountain bicycles, swimming gear and beach towels.

What to remember

Little has changed in the kloof and for this reason do not expect much in the way of modern amenities. Water is from a clear mountain stream which we filter and electricity is from solar panels of limited capacity.
Water safe to drink.
Our baboons are very inquisitive and terribly destructive given the chance. Keep all doors and windows locked when leaving the cottage.
No cell phone or internet reception.
High clearance vehicle recommended. The road to Hell is not paved or well maintained. River crossings are an occasional hazard.
Full tank of fuel recommended.
It is a one way return trip.

Gallery

All photos taken at Boplaas and surrounding area

Since Boplaas is located in such as unspoilt and protected area, the surrounding area is very untamed and offers local wildlife, scenery and landscapes that provide ideal photographic opportunities.

Each house is also designed and outfitted to match this rural setting with minimum disturbance to the area. All your basic needs and creature comforts are however catered for.

Vaal Johannes’ Cottage

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Oom Hannes’ Cottage

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Hiking

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Activities

Enjoy the freedom of our valley to roam around, visiting the historic remains that tell their own story. Photography, painting, reading or just a glass of good wine watching the sun set dreaming the night away with the heaven wrapped in brilliant stars

Hiking

  • Several hiking trails are available for exploration. The most famous is “die Leer” route for the exclusive use of our guests.

Cooling off

  • Apart from the small splash pool at your cottage and “Oom Hannes se gat”, all pools in the river cater for this privilege.

Bird Watching

  • With 153 species been identified in our valley this offers a great opportunity to while away the days.

Cycling

  • Remember to bring your own mountain bike.

Photography

Contact

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Other contact details

Boplaas - Die Hel
Lida Louw
(087) 809 1620
(082) 441 2780


Arrival time: 14h00

Departure time: 10h00

How to get to Die Hel

From Prince Albert

Take the R407 in direction of Klaarstroom.
After 4.4km turn right onto the gravel R328 leading to Swartberg Pass.
After 12.8km turn right at sign marked Gamkaskloof and continue along this road for 52km to reach Boplaas gate.

From Oudtshoorn

Head North East out of town on the R328 for 52.1km up the Swartberg Pass.
Approximately 2 km after reaching the summit signed "Die Top” turn left at the sign marked Gamkaskloof.
Continue for 52km to reach Boplaas gate.

From Calitzdorp

Take the R62 direction Oudtshoorn turn left onto the Kruisrivier gravel road.
At Kruisrivier turn right onto the road to the R328 Tjunction.
Turn left up the Swartberg Pass.
2Km after reaching the summit turn left at the sign marked Gamkaskloof for 52km to reach the Boplaas gate.
A scenic route leading out of town past the dam to Kruisrivier keeping left to reach the R328 and the Swartberg pass is worth the extra time taken.