The Gamkaskloof is a narrow valley in the Swartberg Mountains, in the Southern Cape. It’s also known locally as “Die Hel” (“The Hell”).
According to the Wikipedia article
Nobody is sure where the ‘Die Hel’ name came from. One popular story is that a Piet Botha (an animal inspector) visited the valley in the 1940s and used a particlarly difficult route known as the ‘die leer’ into the valley. He described the experience as “hell”.
The residents have never liked the name and prefer to referer to themselves as ‘Kloovers’.
“Kloof” is the Afrikaans word for gorge or a deep narrow valley. So “Kloovers” are people who live in a kloof. “Die leer” means “the ladder”.
Two photographs of the same scene – the first one using natural light, then one using a flash. Which do you prefer?
Then a black and white close-up of the same aloe plant.