After organising and riding Karoobaix a grueling gravel race through the Karoo, Stan Engelbrecht decided he wanted to take some time off and go bike camping with a few friends. What better place to take them than to hell?
Stan planned five day bicycle adventure from Matjiesfontein to Oudtshoorn via Die Hel. Die Hel is one of the most hidden away valleys in South Africa and not many people go there. For many years the only access to Die Hel was a steep donkey trail called "Die Leer" (The Ladder), folk who lived in this fertile valley lived largely in isolation until 1962 when a long and zig-zaggy 4x4 road was built into the valley. Today there are still only two ways in or out of Die Hell and neither of them is an easy way - all the better for a memorable bicycle adventure.
Here are some pics from what turned out to be a great little adventure to see what lay in Die Hel.