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    Planning a trip to Die Hel 24 March. Anyone done the trip recently? Will there be a problem with Jeep Cherokee 2.8 CRD towing a Jurgens BT547?
    Thanks for any advice.

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    Can't you leave the trailer before you go up Swartberg? Road condition is not the issue, it is the switch backs. You are technically not even supposed to take a trailer up Swarberg, never mind down into the kloof.
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    I wouldn't want to tow anything through there, even a small trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwacka View Post
    Planning a trip to Die Hel 24 March. Anyone done the trip recently? Will there be a problem with Jeep Cherokee 2.8 CRD towing a Jurgens BT547?
    Thanks for any advice.
    Definitely possible. I took over a larger trailer without problems.

    That said, DON'T attempt Swartbergpass in the wet. Not even vehicle alone.
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    I towed a Metalian Maxi up Swartberg and into Die Hel and back in January, no issues whatsoever. There is plenty of space but just be on the lookout where you can to make sure no vehicles are coming from the other side. You will enjoy it, no problem with a sedan (if dry) so your Cherokee will be fine. Take your time and enjoy the scenery and views.....
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    Thanks guys for all the advice. We have decided to camp two nights in Prince Albert. Will leave the trailer there and just take the Jeep and basics for our three nights in Die Hel. Still new to this 4x4 thing so will ere on the side of caution.
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    You can easily tow your trailer in "Die Hel", just take it slow around the corners for oncoming traffic. It is an easy road and even normal sedans are using the road. The last 4km down to the campsite is very steep that's all, but using low range makes it easy as well. Enjoy

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    Sounds like a good trip, have fun!
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    Its beautiful,was there 3 weeks ago,just take enought food and drinks and enjoy the scenery

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwacka View Post
    Thanks guys for all the advice. We have decided to camp two nights in Prince Albert. Will leave the trailer there and just take the Jeep and basics for our three nights in Die Hel. Still new to this 4x4 thing so will ere on the side of caution.
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    Best plan, methinks. Not really a 4x4 route, except if it snows! That said, the last section of the pass is very steep with sharp bends, so take it easy.
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    Geniet die trip. Geniet die natuurskoon en die stilte in die aand om die vuur.
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    We stayed in Oom Piet se huis last year and really enjoyed it, more info in the link

    http://www.diehel.co.za/houses/

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    We are booked to camp at Boplaas and really looking forward to it. Our friends are also coming along in their Jimny.

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    Havent done it recently, but

    It is only the last few kms down into the valley that is narrow and steep. The rest of the road is wide and was very smooth.
    There was citi golfs down there when we were there.
    We left on the 1st of May and it was like rush hour into the hel. Cars, motor bikes AND bicycles!
    We did the trip into the hel in 70mins without driving-like-we-stole-it.

    Doing the pass up from Prins Albert is way prettier than from Oudtshoorn side!

    PS - I'd say 3 nights is pushing it. We did 2 nights. By 10AM the 1st morning we drove every road in the valley and then went "What now?"
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    Its a platkar road! There is the nature conservation exhibition at the end of the road, the restaurant/kiosk and peace and quiet. If you want anything else you will have to go somewhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwacka View Post
    Thanks guys for all the advice. We have decided to camp two nights in Prince Albert. Will leave the trailer there and just take the Jeep and basics for our three nights in Die Hel. Still new to this 4x4 thing so will ere on the side of caution.
    Always amazed at how great a forum this is -- gives you hope for humanity.
    Thank you again -- Dankie
    good decision.


    the road IS easy.


    BUT, there are a good number of blind turns, and simply not wide enough for two vehicles in some spots. We have had to reverse many times on that road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieterk View Post
    Its a platkar road! There is the nature conservation exhibition at the end of the road, the restaurant/kiosk and peace and quiet. If you want anything else you will have to go somewhere else.
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    Thanks Guys. We are looking forward to the trip. Doing it on a Tuesday/Weds so hope it will be quieter!

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    We are going in May... :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bushwacka View Post
    Planning a trip to Die Hel 24 March. Anyone done the trip recently? Will there be a problem with Jeep Cherokee 2.8 CRD towing a Jurgens BT547?
    Thanks for any advice.
    Will be in Oudtshoorn for the kunsterfes over Easter weekend.Planning a day trip there on the way to Prins Albert.Post a trip report.

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