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General => About South Africa... => Interesting Places => Topic started by: ShaunF on August 20, 2010, 01:51:39 pm

Title: Die Hell
Post by: ShaunF on August 20, 2010, 01:51:39 pm
Hi WD, has anyone ridden Die Hell, I would like to get some info from you. For example, is it a normal gravel road the whole way or is it some what technical, lots of loose rocks and boulders ?, I enjoy riding on normal/gravel Highways but not rocky/technical.

Any info/photos will be great.

 :thumleft: thx WD's
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: Battlestar on August 20, 2010, 01:53:34 pm
I went down with fully laden 1150gs with wife on the back and it was no problem. Just take it slow on the steep drop into the Hell and you will be fine  :thumleft:

I did in December 2008
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: cloudgazer on August 20, 2010, 01:55:31 pm
I did it solo earlier this year.
Not nearly as technical as i expected.
Fantastic ride.
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: lonerider on August 20, 2010, 01:56:44 pm
Not to be funny, but have you tried searching the forum? There are quite a few ride reports with pictures and stories...

Depending on rain, snow and subsequent washouts, the road is okay gravel, slow going with some rocky patches and a few water drifts. That's until you get to top of the pass down into the Kloof - then it becomes fairly steep, switchbacks, loose rocks, potentially lots of washouts. Last time I went down there was a "lekka" stretch of sand once you got to the bottom of the Kloof at the Nature Reserve entrance.

It's not a gravel highway and it isn't fast going. If that's your thing, keep riding past the turnoff. If you're willing to take the time and enjoy the ride it'll be fun.
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: DirtRebell on August 20, 2010, 01:59:04 pm
Not technical. allow for 2 hours in and hour&1/2 out. There is a shoppie down there with some cold one too.
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: ChristoffGS on August 20, 2010, 01:59:18 pm
I've seen some guys taking a tumble on the tight corners going down into the Hell.  It's definately not 'gravel highway' but also not too technical.  Just take your time and you will be fine.  Did the route 2 times, second time was about a year ago.
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: BOER! on August 20, 2010, 02:00:54 pm
I found that part of the adventure was to explore as I went along.

It is defnitly slow going, so even IF you know what the road is like most of the time, it's got a lot of cuttings and you will have to take it easy.

Back then, I was still a novice on dirt, and did it two up.

Enjoy.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: BOER! on August 20, 2010, 02:01:43 pm
Not technical. allow for 2 hours in and hour&1/2 out. There is a shoppie down there with some cold one too.

+1
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: Grrrr.... on August 20, 2010, 02:11:02 pm
Ek wil saam kom!  :(
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: ShaunF on August 20, 2010, 02:22:48 pm
Lol
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: ETS on August 20, 2010, 02:41:53 pm
ShaunF.. gaan Hel toe!!!! :imaposer:
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: ShaunF on August 20, 2010, 02:47:00 pm
OK  :'(
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: man on the moon on August 20, 2010, 02:57:05 pm
My wife and i went there a year ago, 2 bikes. the advice we got was to stay on the outside of the bends and against the mountain when descending the last 4km if a car wants to pass, you drop about 600m in the last 4km stretch.
Our only regret was that we did not go through to the end of the valley. Just have to go back and do it again ;D
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: DD650 on August 20, 2010, 03:29:11 pm
My wife and i went there a year ago, 2 bikes. the advice we got was to stay on the outside of the bends and against the mountain when descending the last 4km if a car wants to pass, you drop about 600m in the last 4km stretch.
Our only regret was that we did not go through to the end of the valley. Just have to go back and do it again ;D

Definitely, stay on the mountain side at all times! I was still quite a novice when we did it and it was fine, just the last 4km was a bit hectic with sharp bends and bits of loose gravel/sand.

When we do it again, I will definitely stay over in the valley for one night to allow enough time to explore the valley as well. Also allow yourself enough time to go in and out as it is quite beautiful and you might want to stop often to take photos. Also make sure you start early in the morning as it can get quite hot. Lastly, just enjoy it, it is a great trip to do!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: fat b on August 20, 2010, 03:34:34 pm
I have donei it quite a few times , I only fell once , but it was my fault ! I recently experienced the other side of the Hell though ! Rain , Wind , Snow , Mud , it was a lekker adventure , but shows you that any terrain can show it's teath sometimes ! Great ride though and comparitivly easy ! Enjoy !  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: Kobus on August 20, 2010, 03:36:23 pm
Quote
has anyone ridden Die Hell

 ???

Its like asking do we like beer.

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Easy ride, but allow plenty time as said.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: ETS on August 20, 2010, 03:39:18 pm
Now, suddenly, everybody wants to go to hell :imaposer: :imaposer:
But! if you do, make sure to take your time and go right to the end!
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: Heimer on August 20, 2010, 03:46:52 pm
At the start after the turn-off everybody goes too fast (before the road gets worse).

So on your way out, be very careful of vehicles at speed coming toward you. These windgat types with their 4x4's

Don't start the way in, too late in the afternoon. I did it with the sun in the eyes and we ended having to go fast to get to the  bottom before dark. Dangerous. Start before 15:00.

You might have a small stream crossing here and there - nothing to worry about.

If you don't want to camp, or rent a bungalow, there are some caravans that you can rent for cheap. Saves some luggage.

Have fun.
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: ShaunF on August 20, 2010, 03:51:33 pm
Thanks for the info WD's  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: >>Thump°C on August 20, 2010, 04:04:01 pm
some pics
http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=26328.msg470047#msg470047
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: melvman on August 20, 2010, 04:46:28 pm
Been there twice...remember, it's not about the destination, it's about the ride there and back. Take it nice and slow and you'll have a ride to remember. Go via Meiringspoort and have lunch in Prince Albert. Enter the Swartberg from Prince Albert side, spectacular rock formations and gravel mountain pass with views 2die4.
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: KALLY on August 20, 2010, 05:53:38 pm
don't worry it's not to difficult even saw a fiat uno in the valley
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: ShaunF on August 20, 2010, 06:02:58 pm
One of our Topics says BIKES NOT ALLOWED  ???  and now ?
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: steady eddy on August 20, 2010, 07:30:24 pm
Did the trip some 4 months ago on the africa twin and found the going easy. There are 2 small river crossings and i almost lost it on the second river crossing because i went in way to fast and got it sideways out the other side.There are small round river stones in it. Enjoy the ride. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: Heimer on August 20, 2010, 08:20:29 pm
One of our Topics says BIKES NOT ALLOWED  ???  and now ?

They also say you need a permit - but it is to keep the quads out.
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: LeonDude on August 20, 2010, 08:51:19 pm
This shoppie at the bottom, do they only sell cold ones there or is it well stocked so we can get some food from there, maybe a vleisie to braai? Or should we buy meat in Prince Albert to take down?

Ta
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: Heimer on August 20, 2010, 08:54:52 pm
Phone them - they will supply you with wood, etc.

We took out own meat, but they might be able to sort you out. It is actually quite a nice place to also have breakfast.

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Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: LeonDude on August 20, 2010, 11:13:46 pm
Phone them - they will supply you with wood, etc.

We took out own meat, but they might be able to sort you out. It is actually quite a nice place to also have breakfast.

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Thanks a lot!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: Etienne2T on August 20, 2010, 11:28:45 pm
It's a highway, I've seen BMW 3 series' do it.
There are some nice hills on the straights where you can catch lots of air when you hit them at speed :)
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: capeklr on August 21, 2010, 07:32:10 am
It's a highway, I've seen BMW 3 series' do it.
There are some nice hills on the straights where you can catch lots of air when you hit them at speed :)

I've seen a c-class Merc go down there.
Agree on the nice hills on the straights, had lots of fun there.
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: Trailrider on August 21, 2010, 08:31:44 am
Now, suddenly, everybody wants to go to hell :imaposer: :imaposer:
But! if you do, make sure to take your time and go right to the end!

I've been to the end more than once.

The "end" is not the locked gate where the road enters the private property BTW. ;) If you know the owners you see the best part!
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: Stofdonkie on August 21, 2010, 08:49:49 am
If you can, go in the middle of the week to experience the mountains in solitude. It get's a bit trafficy over weekends.
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: Pickle on August 21, 2010, 09:46:28 am
Done it twice this year.  Once at the end of April on my bike and then in July in the Landy.  The trip on my bike was my first tour on a bike and I had only done about 750km of riding in preparation, so I was a complete newbie.  The whole ride in is easy, as the others say, just take your time doing the final decent and you will be fine.  There isn't anythig technical to it but just be patient.
Title: Re: Die Hell
Post by: melvman on August 21, 2010, 11:29:07 am
Cape Nature will give you permission to ride if you give them a call. As long as the bike is roadworthy etc., same as for the Baviaans. Enjoy the ride :ricky: