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Rock Climbing in Montagu
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Montagu, Western Cape ZA

<categorytree>Montagu</categorytree> Montagu is 2 hours / 200km drive east of Cape Town. Montagu is the most developed sport climbing area in the Western Cape (if not the country). 100's of sport routes of all ranges of difficulty. +/-400 Single Pitch & a good few Multi-Pitch Sport Routes.

Montagu offers some of the best climbing in the Western Cape with many crags that vary in grade and steepness with excellent quality rock. Two hours drive from Cape Town, it rarely rains in Montagu and when Cape Town has bad weather, Montagu normally has perfect conditions for climbing (Except for the occasional freak floods). The small town of Montagu is situated in the Klein Karoo (semi desert region). Once a sleepy little Karoo town where not much happened, the town has since transformed into a vibrant energetic holiday destination. It is now well known for climbing and mountain biking (among things).

Bolting / New Routes

I’m sure everyone is aware of the 'closure of Bosch Kloof'. To avoid any further Altercations with land owners and incorrect equipment being used, the Montagu Mountain Committee (who are responsible for the Montagu Reserve) have asked for applications to be submitted before a new route is bolted.

Application info should include:

  • Location of the route
  • A picture of the route with the proposed route drawn in
  • Whether or not there is an existing path to the new route?
  • Have you bolted before?
  • Your contact details

Your request will be processed as quickly as possible and you will be contacted with regards to your application. Please send all new route applications to and make the subject New Routes Montagu.

As with the rest of the Western Cape, only 316 Stainless Steel rolled bolts are allowed to be used for bolting routes in Montagu. Check the Anchor Replacement Fund page for more information.

Getting there

From Cape Town, get onto the N1 towards Paarl. You have the choice of taking the tunnel (toll is R21.00) or driving over the pass which is very scenic and recommendable in good weather. Once on the other side of the mountain (you're now in Du Toits Kloof) keep on the N1 until you pass the Shell Ultra City. Turn right at the second set of traffic lights and take the R43 into Worcester, after going over the bridge, turn left at the high street traffic lights (2nd set) and follow the signs to Robertson and then onto Ashton and then Montagu. You should now be on the 'R60' road, Note that this road turns into the 'R62' after Ashton. Be aware that the local traffic cops have been trapping in the towns (60km zones) and sometimes in the kloof before Montagu.


De Bos (Tel/Fax 023 614 2532, Cell 082 3325453). Camping is about R30 per person per night (includes cooking facilities) The Barn costs R60 (minimum two nights stay) has bunk beds, includes cooking facilities (as of Jan 2009). The Barn at De Bos is closed during winter to stable the horses. Camping and other self-catering accommodation is still available. Bungelows are also available from R250.

Rainbow Glen (Tel 023 614 1294) Double Rooms from R350 (per couple)


There are supermarkets in town (Spar, OK Foods, etc) and restaurants in Montagu - The VIC hotel comes highly recommended.

Classic Routes

  • The Gospel Express (17)
  • Nuclear Waste (20)
  • Wildcard(24)
  • Thruster (26)
  • Daze of Thunder (27/28)
  • Cool Like That (29)

Main Areas

Bosch Kloof - Please note: with the exception of Legoland all these areas are currently closed - (Legoland is open to climbing)

Legoland, The Panel Crags, Bosch, Hilti, Ramset, Forest, Twin Fins, Skull, Matrix

The Fort

The Fort, The Wall of Confusion

Riverside Crags

The Alley, Mystery Crag, The Steeple, The Bold and the Beautiful

Keur Kloof

The Shooting Gallery, Joe's Garage, The Lineup, Rose Bowl, Jamaica, Vision, Heaven

Bad Kloof

Supertubes, Sloth, Lion Said, The Palace, The Swamp, Playground, Uriah Heep, Berlin Wall, Pipeline, South Park, The Cauldron, The Scoop, The Hotel, Rage, Laundry, The Bar, Waterworld, Peanut Gallery

Jurassic Park

Masawattee 35/8c+ The long line with the slab behind it - [Mazawattee (35/8c+) goes down!] Bolted by Sean Maasch. FA: Adam Ondra 27 July 2009

Cogmans Buttress

Multi Pitch Sport Routes. There is also an easy trad line called eagles folly on the rhs of the actual buttress.

Lost World

This is a trad ONLY climbing area. Access is closed unless you are staying at the LES HAUTS DE MONTAGU ( guest farm.

Oorlogs Kloof

Buttock Buttress, Maverick Wall, Meatloaf Wall, Wildcard Buttress, Le Pique-nique Area, Snark Buttress, Cowboy Area, Cuts Both Ways Area, Tower of Babel

Montagu Area Map

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