Prince Albert is one of the best places to begin a trip into Die Hel (also known as Hell, The Hell or Gamkaskloof), a valley that’s part of the Swartberg Nature Reserve. Die Hel is not on the way to anywhere and, although it doesn’t look very far on the map, you’ll need to allow two- and- a- half hours in either direction to make the spectacular but tortuous drive into it along a rough dirt road. The attraction of the place is the silence, isolation and birdlife. Call CapeNature (023 541 1736, capenature.co.za) in the valley for up-to-date road conditions.

 

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