Western Cape

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.

About the Western Cape

The Western Cape stretches about 400 kilometres (250 mi) northwards along the Atlantic coast and about 500 kilometres (300 mi) eastwards along the Indian Ocean coast.  It is roughly the size of England.  Most of the province falls within the Cape Fold Belt, a range of sandstone folded mountains that range in height from 1000m to 2300m.


The Western Cape is considered to have a Mediterranean climate with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers.  The interior Karoo has a semi-arid climate with cold, frosty winters and hot summers with occasional thunderstorms.  So when it’s wet on the coast, travel inland to find dry weather e.g. Montagu and Oudtshoorn.

Climbing during the hot summer is no problem as the air is dry, although you will want to move around with the shade.  Spring and autumn are probably the best times to visit, but if you’re looking to visit Rocklands then the our Winter is best and ensures maximum friction.

Climbing in the Western Cape

In the immediate vicinity of Cape Town there are many sport climbing area’s, trad area’s, big ‘country’ climbing walls and heaps of bouldering.  You will need a car to get around to the different areas.
Most climbing areas in the Cape are safe.  However if you are heading out to a remote area and are concerned ask about safety of the crag in the forum.
Guidebooks cover most of the areas and are available from outdoor and climbing stores.

Some of the most popular areas include Rocklands (in the Cedarberg), Montagu (Sport Single & Multi-pitch area with +500 routes), Oudtshoorn (best Limestone sport climbing) and  Table Mountain / Cedarberg (for trad climbing).

There is loads of excellent climbing is only a few minutes drive from Cape Town and the furthermost areas about 4-5 hours away.

20031217_JTM Cape Town

Cape Town offers excellent multi-pitch trad climbing, single pitch sport climbing and world class bouldering – all with-in 15 minutes of the city center. A few notes & tricks about the weather: In Cape Town: If the wind is blowing SE, we have what …

Chess Pieces, Du Toits Kloof Du Toits Kloof

This impressive valley with it’s huge sandstone walls contains some great country routes. The only drawback to this area is that in most cases you have to do a long slog up the mountain side to get to the rock. But do not let this fact stop you from ex …

Riki Lawson on the Unforgiven at the Steeple in Montagu Montagu

Montagu is recognised as one of the most outstanding climbing destinations in South Africa due to the quality and number of climbing routes available.

Andrew Pedley on El Nino 30 Oudtshoorn Oudtshoorn

World Class Sport Climbing 30 km north of Oudtshoorn (near the Cango Caves). The rock is limestone and the routes are mostly overhanging with awesome stalactites. There are +/-90 single pitch bolted routes, up to 35m long. The climbing is located around the De Hoek Resort camp site.

20090801_adam Rocklands

World famous for its fine bouldering in a very beautiful setting, there are also several sport and natural crags in this area.

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