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Lion's Head Rock Climbing
4 Sep 2015

With both sandstone climbing on its summit cone and granite climbing on the slabs above Fresnaye, Lion’s Head is a unique rock climbing venue. Add superb views, the easy walk-in and the fact that you can climb there in almost any weather and you begin to understand why it’s so popular with Cape Town climbers. The peak offers quality trad routes across the grade range. Even when the south-easter is howling and Table Mountain is covered in cloud Lion’s Head is often unaffected...

(GPS coordinates: -33.936646, 18.395016)

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Rooiberg Rock Climbing
17 Aug 2015

The crags on Rooiberg, on the farm of Nuwerust in the southern Cederberg, have been developed only in recent years but offer great routes, some of which are about 120 metres high on typical hard Cederberg rock. There are currently 17 bolted routes graded 15 to 23. Most of the routes are quite long so use a 60-metre rope and wear a helmet as you are in a mountain setting. The crag is west-facing and gets the sun only from about 1.30pm, so climbing is best in the summer months. Since hardly any sun hits the crags in winter, it can get very chilly!...

(GPS coordinates: -32.561608, 19.37808)


Van Stadens Gorge Rock Climbing
15 Aug 2015

The extensive crags of Van Stadens River Gorge have 154 sport routes ranging from grade 17 to grade 34. There are some easy routes at the Apple Express, under the train bridge, but the highest concentration of quality bolted routes is on the Cleopatra Wall. Climbing is largely on overhanging quartzite, and while there’s not much for beginners, there are plenty of classics in the 21-25 grade range...

(GPS coordinates: -33.889041, 25.21234)


Buffalo Gorge
15 Jul 2015

Buffalo Gorge Eco Adventure Centre, just outside Middelburg, offers a range of adventure activities including sport climbing, abseiling, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking and hiking. And while you probably wouldn’t go there just to climb, it’s a great, easy escape from Gauteng – and its ideal for families...

(GPS coordinates: -25.514177, 29.567208)


Kouga Wilderness Rock Climbing
12 Jul 2015

If you’re looking for a good climbing venue for the family, Kleinrivier farm in the beautiful Kouga Wilderness is just perfect. There are climbs of all grades and the secluded valley is a wonderfully relaxed spot for non-climbers. Leopard Rock stands imposingly above the campsite, so spectators can lie around watching the action. The rock is a solid sandstone and quartzite mix. There are currently 99 trad lines and 15 bolted routes, offering superb climbing - particularly in the intermediate grades...

(GPS coordinates: -33.724088, 23.849897)


Sentinel Rock Climbing
9 Jul 2015

The Zulu name for this impressive peak is ‘Ntabamnyama’ (‘the Black One’), and in bad weather the great sheer-sided buttress at the northern end of the famous Drakensberg Amphitheatre is certainly a dark, intimidating massif. But when the sun shines it looks appealing. This, and the short walk-in from the car, make it is the most frequently climbed peak in the ‘Berg. ..

(GPS coordinates: -28.727463, 28.890822)


Howissen's Poort Rock Climbing
30 Jun 2015

Howissen's Poort, aka Scoops, is on the N2 about 12 kilometres out of Grahamstown in the direction of Port Elizabeth. Turn right into the parking area just after you cross the Berg River bridge and then scramble down the bank. It looks pretty unlikely that you’re going to find a decent crag at this point, but when you cross the stream you’ll see two caves with the giveaway chalk marks 30 metres from your car. Most of the climbing is on overhanging quartzite, with 42 bolted routes up to 15 metres long...

(GPS coordinates: -33.369616, 26.476678)

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Southern Rock Climbing Gym
26 Jun 2015

The Southern Rock Climbing Gym, the only dedicated climbing gym in Durban, is a great place to train, buy gear and learn the ropes. Opened in mid 2012, the facility is the first stage of developers Roger Nattrass and Tristan Firman’s vision – the creation of a small but world-class climbing facility as a pilot project for a planned future expansion. The roped  ‘Tower of Power’, for example, has been engineered to ultimately stand at twice its height...

(GPS coordinates: -29.80234, 30.87667)


Silvermine Rock Climbing
25 Jun 2015

The extensive, easily accessible sandstone crags of Silvermine are a mecca for Cape Town climbers. They escape the wind even when the southeaster is howling, so can get quite crowded at weekends and holidays. Do check with SANparks for relevant closures following the recent fire damage. There are four bolted areas, all of which enjoy afternoon shade. The top three are accessed from the main car park at the dam, while the car park for Lower Silvermine is at the mountain-bike parking area next to the tented camp on the way up…

(GPS coordinates: -34.07533, 18.40111)


Montagu Pass Rock Climbing
15 Jun 2015

Not to be confused with the town of Montagu, the mecca of climbing in the Western Cape, this small crag is on the scenic Montagu Pass between George and Oudtshoorn. While you certainly wouldn’t drive across the country to go climbing here, it’s a great day out if you’re on the Garden Route and feel the urge to get onto some rock...

(GPS coordinates: -33.896482, 22.419132)


Kloof Gorge Rock Climbing
4 Jun 2015

Kloof Gorge area is a collection of several cliffs in the Kranskloof Nature Reserve to the north of Durban.  The outstanding crags boast more than 200 routes and there’s something for everyone here, with most of the venues enjoying great views of the leafy gorge. The best-known crags are The Boneyard, The Lab, The Power House and Rumdoodle (which offers both sport and trad). There is also trad climbing at Boot Hill...

(GPS coordinates: -29.772533, 30.830461)


Monteseel Rock Climbing
18 May 2015

Monteseel, situated on the southern edge of the Valley of A Thousand Hills, halfway between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, is one of the most accessible trad climbing areas in the country. There are about 320 routes across the grade range, most of which are single pitch - including some long routes up to 30 metres high - with a few two-pitch lines and one three-pitch route. With plenty of routes in the really easy grades, it’s a fabulous place for beginners and kids, who can progress from top-roping to lead-climbing on excellent rock...

(GPS coordinates: -29.735944, 30.680713)


Hellfire Rock Climbing
8 May 2015

These inviting orange cliffs are on the lower slopes of Du Toit’s Peak. The superb mountain setting offers long bolted single-pitch routes on top-quality rock, and since it’s only an hour from Cape Town, Hellfire is a great day out in the country. Although best in spring and autumn, Du Toit’s Kloof often enjoys better (read drier) weather than the peninsula, so it can also be a good winter crag or a rest day for those spending some time in the area challenging themselves with the long trad lines at Yellowwood Amphitheatre on the Witteberg...

(GPS coordinates: -33.723837, 19.174203)


Shongweni Rock Climbing, The Wave Cave
12 Apr 2015

Shongweni has two main crags, Magnetic Wall, the first crag you come to on the walk-in, and the famous Wave Cave. Magnetic Wall has some of the best intermediate-grade sport-climbing in KwaZulu-Natal and a spectacular location to boot, starting with “Scratchy”, a child-friendly grade eight. In contrast, the Wave Cave offers some of the best steep sport-climbing in the world thanks to the large number of juggy handholds in the hugely overhanging sandstone rock…

(GPS coordinates: -29.861711, 30.723924)


Rocklands Rock Climbing
4 Apr 2015

The dramatic, gnarly orange cliffs and boulders of Rocklands have graced many an international climbing magazine and the remote rough sandstone boulders and steep Cederberg crags are extremely popular with both international and local visitors alike. This rugged piece of wilderness is mind-blowing, not just for the rock. One of the eight protected areas of the Cape Floral Region world heritage site, it’s also a place of outstanding floral beauty, with magnificent fynbos and accompanying sunbirds and sugarbirds. It was the ridiculous number of magnificent boulder problems that put Rocklands on the map, but the area also boasts an incredible array of top quality sports routes in a dramatic mountain setting...

(GPS coordinates: -32.14961, 19.029306)


Swinburne Rock Climbing
1 Apr 2015

The golden sandstone outcrops of the eastern Free State have long been a popular weekend retreat for Gauteng climbers and, although nearby Mount Everest/Eagle Mountain is better known, the superb crags near Swinburne, just off the N3, are seeing more and more traffic. The climbing here is on the Appin Farm, where the dominant feature is Rensburgkop, an enormous koppie with walls soaring almost 200 metres high. Surrounding the main mountain are huge boulders, several of which have bolted sport routes up to 20 metres high. Swinburne has a bit of everything: trad climbing, bouldering and both single-pitch and multi-pitch sport routes ranging from grade 15 to 34...

(GPS coordinates: -28.381147, 29.276519)



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