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The earliest inhabitants of the valley were the San Bushmen. In the early 1830's the first Boer (Farmer) wandered into the valley, and finding it fertile with abundant water made it his home. Other families followed, namely Cordier, Mostert, Marais, Nel, Snyman and Joubert. They farmed and lived in comparative isolation for about 130 years. Although isolated they maintained a good standard of living. Education in the valley consisted of a school for the local children and church services were held in the school by the school master or teacher.

In 1958 the first car was brought into the valley through the Gamka River gorge. In 1962 a road was built into the valley (constructed by Koos van Zyl).

This facilitated communication with the outside world, and was the main reason for the exodus of the youth. The older folks had to follow.The last remaining farmer left in 1991, leaving the valley with no permanent residents.

This brings us to the Farm Mooifontein, owned by Annetjie Joubert (neƩ Mostert). She is the only remaining "born and bred" inhabitant that has retained property in Gamkaskloof and came back permanently in 1998. Annetjie, Ben (husband), Piet (son) and his wife Marinette skilfully converted the original farmstead into comfortable guesthouses, has a caravan park, camping sites and the only Kiosk and Licensed Restaurant in Gamkaskloof.

This valley is one of the most historical places in the world, still having many untold stories and surely a few secrets never to be known.

Donkey transport

The Donkey played a very important role in the Gamkasklowers lives, because they transported all their products & food via the ladder to the outside world.

ladder

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