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The Donkey Trail
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THE DONKEY TRAIL

Die Hel in the Gamkakloof Valley was first inhabited by farmers in 1830. It was accessible only by foot until 1963 when a road was built winding from the Swartberg Pass down into this remote valley.

Before the road, a ‘donkey trail’ over the Swartberg Mountain from Calitzdorp to Die Hel was the only commercial life line with the outside world. This historic ‘donkey trail’ start at Hans and Erika Calitz family farm ‘Living Waters near Calitzdorp.

The Donkey Trail will be a three night, two day hike over the Swartberg Mountains to Die Hel. Supplies and equipment are to be carried by donkey. The trail package will include comfortable accommodation at Living Waters, Wyenek Camp and Die Hel. Wholesome meals, guides, donkeys and return transport will also be provided. The trail is +/- 11 km from Living Waters to Wyenek Camp and +/- 14 km from Wyenek Camp to Die Hel. The Wyenek Camp site is +/- 800m above Living Waters. 25 kilometers in total.

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