Decent into Die Hell and Swartberg Pass.

The Nitty Splitty Nomads, Knysna to Oudtshoorn. The Adventures of Mike and Tom.

Saying goodbye to Trent and Istene in Knysna, as Trent went to go graduate, we spent another day in town. Deciding to go to the Simola Hill Climb Race, we made our way there and enjoyed the eardrum vibrating awesomeness.

Trying to plan our route the next morning, we took the advice of an old biker (“Do yourselves a favour and go!” and shot inland once more, to Oudtshoorn. And weren’t we glad we did!

It was an awesome ride leaving the coast, up a mountain pass and down into a new world. Watching the transition of terrains is an amazing part of this trip.
From coastal forests to sudden barrenness of rocks and scrub on the other side of the mountains.

As we came into town, my radiator started spraying fluids again! Letting the engine cool down, we topped up the water and limped to Back-Packers Paradise.
( Recommended! Great place in an awesome area)
Stripping the bike, I carried out some repairs, fixing the radiator with Pratley Putty! Sealing the crack. Thank you Mr Pratley!

Putting the Pratley to the test the next day, we rode down into the Swartberg Pass, flying past the closed road signs.

We made it to within 10kms of Prince Albert before we had to turn around. The road was ripped away in a torrent of water as the pass flooded.

Some epic riding that only got more so, as we turned right to Die Hell. (The Hell)

We did around 250kms of hectic dirt roads that day. Flying over sand and rocks and taking corners hugging the rock face with massive drops on the side. Absolutely awesome. It was some of the best riding of the trip so far!

We stayed another night at Backpackers Paradise then set off through the vastness of the Karoo, along Route 62.


The Karoo and our Southwards adventures towards Cape Town coming soon! As we try and catch up to where we actually are now. (Namibia)

From myself, Tom Dusty Silva and the rest of The Nitty Gritty Nomads we wish you all the best.


Author: The nitty gritty nomads

4 motorcycles, zig zagging through Africa… set out on discovering the continents wondrous archaeology, local cooking secrets as well as educating and engaging with local communities. We will be travelling through 14 countries, including South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Rowanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and then back through Madagascar.

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