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Address: Swartberge Pass | Between Calitzdorp and Prince Albert, Prince Albert, South Africa
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Trip to hel

The trip to Hel is more interesting than the destination. A unique drive and interesting history. An engineering feat in itself and with proximity to the Swartberg pass a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Gavin R
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Ghanzi, Ghanzi, Botswana
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Ghanzi, Ghanzi, Botswana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The trip to Hel is more interesting than the destination. A unique drive and interesting history. An engineering feat in itself and with proximity to the Swartberg pass a destination not to be missed for road pass buffs.

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Knysna, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

That is something every off road bike it dreaming off. What a beautiful stretch on gravel, sand, cobbles .... Highly recommend.

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Thank Casi21
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You need a 4x4 for this trip and there are many hairpin bends. However, for any one who has 'done' the Sani Pass, this one is a breeze. It is more like 'die paradise' than 'die hel' as the route is lined with thousands of proteas and the scenery is spectacular. Surprisingly, at the end of the pass, in the... More 

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Thank DoctorLindy
Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If something is a world heritage site, it says enough. It is something that is so precious that it should be preserved for our children. It is truly beautiful. In fact, the view across the valley from the top, is one of the sites I will never forget and a memory I will cherish till the day I die. The... More 

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Whitburn, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Dirt track almost all the way but well worth the white knuckles. Being from UK we have nothing that compares.

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Thank Ann W
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

An amazing drive up one of the most stunning passes in the world. Take the time to stop often and look back at where you have come from; at the structure of the rock you can imagine it being squeezed out of the bowels of the earth). Look closely at the small plants that cling to life on so little... More 

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Somerset West, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Swartberg Pass has been on my bucket list and it did not disappoint. We did the pass on a warm, clear day and the views, scenery were breath taking. The construction of the pass is mind boggling considering that not much has changed since Thomas Bain built it. A must for everyone but you need to take your time and... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Our trip through Swartberg Pass to Die Hel was worth every moment. Views up Swartberg Pass are spectacular, especially when stopping and looking back down the zig-zag trail. This prepares you for the journey down the Gamkaskloof to Die Hel in the valley below. Some sections are strictly single traffic and we had a couple of reversing manouvers to allow... More 

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Thank Cheryl T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Gamkaskloof. One of the most incredible drives ever. Not a dirt road drive for the feint hearted due to the tight turns, very steep inclines ad declines at places, very sheer drop offs with no safety barriers and very few places on the 43km trip one way, where one vehicle can pass another The raw beauty and magic colours of... More 

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Stilbaai, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Altogether almost a day's driving... 2 or more hours down... drive another half hour to the museum, which is worth a peak and then a look around and a picnic to enjoy and then 2 hours or more to go back. We did not stay in Die Hel but the cottages looked lovely, so maybe worth staying there for the... More 

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