Route/area guides are sorted into local areas per province. Select the province below and you will be linked through to all the climbing related information including online route guides, climber recommended accommodation listings as well as other relevant stuff.
Climbing Areas by Province
The dominant rock formation in the Free State is cave sandstone (geologically known as Clarens-formation sandstone), which is rather soft and not so good for traditional climbing, but has numerous excellent bolted routes. Harrismith (Mnt Everest Reserve) & Swinburne offer good sport routes and bouldering in secure and beautiful settings.
This province is the smallest but also the most densely populated. Cities such as Johannesburg, Sandton and Pretoria are all situated here. The Magaliesberg mountain range across the northern part of Gauteng which is shared with the eastern part of the Northwest Province is the main mountainous feature of the province. There are a few small crags in the Johannesburg city areas (the long-forgotten Pretoria based ones are not in use any more) but most of the good climbing in Gauteng is in the Magaliesberg (Chosspile being the best general sport climbing crag and the Tonquani complex the best general trad area). The Bronkies crag is the most popular general sports crag.
This province has the warmest climate and highest humidity and includes the city of Durban. The famous Drakensberg mountain chain running along the western border of KZN forms the international boundary between South Africa and the small landlocked Kingdom of Lesotho. In winter, there is the opportunity to ice climb at the south face of Giant’s Castle. The main climbing areas are Kloof Forge, Monteseel (trad), Umgeni & Howick Falls.
Limpopo is South Africa’s northern-most province and borders with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The most notable climbing area here is Blouberg – a 400m high cliff.
This is arguably one of our most beautiful provinces which includes South Africa’s best sport climbing area, ‘Boven (aka The Restaurant at the End of the Universe crags). These crags attract year round international visitors ever since articles were published in 1993 in the German magazine Rotpunkt as well as in other media. It has become famous for its good selection of great quality routes (over 700 of them!) of all grades that are easily accessible. Various traditional climbing areas, not too far from the Restaurant offers quality multi-pitch trad climbing but the real gems are to be found in the bouldering areas of Kaapsche Hoop and Goldrush. Overall this province has a large amount of under developed rock.
The main climbing here is in the Magaliesberg which has over 1800 climbs, mostly multi-pitch trad routes in the beautiful kloofs (gorges).
The Western Cape is a climber’s paradise. There is world class bouldering, sport climbing, trad, & big wall opportunities within 5 hours drive from Cape Town.