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<imagemap>
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Image:Rsamap.png|border|right|alt=South Africa Provinces.|Map of South Africa. 
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rect 200 8 278 46 [[Limpopo Province]]
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rect 117 51 194 105 [[Northwest Province]]
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rect 199 62 223 93 [[Gauteng]]
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rect 227 54 285 98 [[Mpumalanga]]
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rect 155 108 221 158 [[Free State]]
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rect 232 104 292 173 [[KwaZulu Natal]]
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rect 129 174 228 252 [[Eastern Cape]]
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rect 17 186 123 249 [[Western Cape]]
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Welcome to the largest & most comprehensive online database of Southern African climbing information.
  
'''==General Information=='''
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= Rock Climbing in South Africa =
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South Africa offers some of the best climbing in the world.  There are many different rock formations all with different features. [[Oudtshoorn]] crags are limestone with hanging stalactites and tufas. The Cederberg is compact sandstone with ledges that offer solid gear placements. There is great sport climbing in [[Montagu]], a small Klein Karoo town, where it is almost always dry (except for when it floods). [[Waterval Boven]] is probably the most developed sport climbing area in the county with about 600 routes in a most beautiful setting. In the Free State, Mt Everest and Swinburne offer sport and trad climbing and awesome bouldering. The famous [[The Wave Cave|Wave Cave]] at Shongweni is just outside of Durban and has hard overhanging sport routes. You can do seaside cliff climbing at Morgan Bay. There is world class bouldering at [[Rocklands]] in the Cederberg, remote multi-pitch trad climbing at Magaliesberg and the Drakensberg Mountains. Ok, I could go on, but you get the point. The settings are beautiful and uncrowded by hoards of people. The small towns have a really nice laid-back country feel. The people are friendly and genuine. And the food, wine and atmosphere is always great!
  
South Africa offers some of the best climbing in the world. The rock is solid and great quality. There are many different rock formations all with different features. [[Oudtshoorn]] crags are limestone with hanging stalactites and tufas. The Cederberg is compact sandstone with ledges that offer solid gear placements. There is great sport climbing in [[Montagu]], a small Klein Karoo town, where it is almost always dry, and there are loads and loads of bolted routes (about 400) of all grades. [[Waterval Boven]] is probably the most developed sport climbing area in the county with about 600 routes in a most beautiful setting. In the Free State, Mt Everest and Swinburne offer sport and trad climbing and awesome bouldering. The famous [[The Wave Cave|Wave Cave]] at Shongweni is just outside of Durban and has hard overhanging sport routes. You can do seaside cliff climbing at Morgan Bay. There is world class bouldering at [[Rocklands]] in the Cederberg, remote multi-pitch trad climbing at Magaliesberg and the Drakensberg Mountains. Ok, I could go on, but you get the point. The settings are beautiful and uncrowded by hoards of people. The small towns have a really nice laid-back country feel. The people are friendly and genuine. And the food, wine and atmosphere is always great!
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=== [https://www.climbing.co.za/shop/cat/guide-books/ Click here for Route / Guide Books and Topos] ===
  
A lot of climbing areas are on private land, so please be courteous to anybody you meet while in the area (it might be the landowner). Please don't litter. Only go to the toilet far away from the crag. Keep on the paths. Make a double knot on your shoelaces and always have a clean pair of underpants.
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= Access Considerations =
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A lot of climbing areas are on private land, so please be courteous to anybody you meet while in the area (it might be the landowner). Please don't litter. Only go to the toilet far away from the crag. Keep on the paths.  
  
*[[MCSA]] Permits and Access
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= South Africa Climbing Areas by Province=
*[[Bolting information]]
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==Areas==
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*[[Eastern Cape]]
  
=== Western Cape ===
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*[[Free State]]
*[[Du Toits Kloof]]
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**[[Hellfire]]
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**[[Country Climbing]]
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**[[Yellow Wood Amphitheatre]]
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*[[Gauteng]]
***[[Prime Time Direct 24]]
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[[Image:Prime_Time_Direct_Yellowwood_colour_Dec_2008_with_stances_web large.png|200px|thumb|left|Prime Direct Yellow Wood Amphitheatre]]
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*[[KwaZulu Natal]]
  
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*[[Limpopo Province]] (Northern Province)
  
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*[[Mpumalanga]]
  
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*[[Northwest Province]]
  
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*[[Western Cape]]
  
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= Other Climbing Areas Outside of South Africa=
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*[[Botswana]]
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*[[Lesotho]]
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*[[Namibia]]
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*[[Zimbabwe]]
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*[[Kenya]]
  
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= Map of Climbing Areas =
  
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<display_points type="terrain" height="500" width="800">
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-33.784854,20.116596||[[Montagu]]
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-33.371198,22.176535||[[Oudtshoorn]]
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-32.14524,19.033785|[[Rocklands]]
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-28.165111,29.18228|[[Harrismith]]
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-25.633014,30.333323|[[Waterval_Boven]]
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-29.480103,30.233831|[[Umgeni_Valley]]
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-21.835528,15.195966|[[Spitzkoppe_%26_Pontoks]]
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-33.94336,18.43895||[[Cape Town]]
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-32.414168,19.207091||[[Tafelberg]]
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-32.473745,19.275119||[[Wolfberg]]
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-33.744683,18.942139||[[Paarl]]
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-33.730684,19.172482||[[Hellfire]]
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-33.726731,19.208043||[[Yellowood Amphitheatre]]
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-34.332309,18.996581||[[Kleinmond]]
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-17.816032,31.051369||[[Zimbabwe]]
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-24.689739,25.8743||[[Kgale Hill]]
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-24.5571,25.88034||[[Mmopane Hill]]
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-24.83882,25.66291||[[Mogonye]]
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-24.952782,25.335712||[[Kanye]]
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-24.775164,25.422507||[[Moshupa and Thamaga]]
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-24.431377,25.533019||[[Kobokwe Gorge]]
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-22.203213,28.849642 ||[[Motlhabaneng]]
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-25.849955,27.499466||[[Tonquani]]
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-25.837904,27.523842||Easter Kloof
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-25.850418,27.417412||Hamerkop
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-25.848564,27.403851||Grootkloof
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-25.810246,27.318192||Mhlabatini
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-25.804682,27.310038||Fernkloof
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-25.752435,27.711124||Kranskloof
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-25.77927436042424,27.65782109655242||Trident
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-25.82211783572647,27.54967596694304||Dome
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-25.81651568593732,27.55628207221466||Likkewaan
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-25.721431,27.849162||Chosspile
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-29.761844,30.834281|[[Kloof Gorge]]
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-29.819721,30.800747 |[[Winston Park]]
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-29.863237,30.723817 |[[Shongweni Dam]]
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-29.486603,30.238419|[[Howick Falls]]
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-29.476516,30.269551|[[Umgeni Valley]]
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-29.735092,30.68024|[[Monteseel]]
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-23.081469, 29.038661|[[Blouberg]]
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-23.943831, 28.9139|[[Wellingtons Dome]]
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-23.931936, 29.125271|[[Ngopane (gaMashashane)]]
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</display_points>
  
 
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== General Information ==
 
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*[[MCSA]] (search and rescue, permits and access)
 
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*[[Bolting information]]
 
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*[[Bain's Kloof]]
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*Cederberg
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**[[Bushman's Kloof Nature Reserve]]
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**[[Vanrhynsdorp]]
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**[[Wolfberg]]
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**[[Truitjieskraal]]
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**[[Krakadow]]
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**Rocklands Area
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***[[Rocklands]]
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***[[De Pakhuys]]
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***[[Riethuis]]
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**[[Winterbach]]
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*[[Montagu]]
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*[[Swellendam]]
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*[[Swartberg Pass]]
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*Cape Peninsula
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A Note on the weather: If the wind is blowing SE which is common in summer, we have what Cape-Climbers refer to as the "Schlorck Factor" at some of the crags; the rock becomes so slippery and even damp that it seems as if someone smeared oil onto the holds. Climbing is near impossible unless you have a bucket of chalk to compensate! This effect is caused by sea water being blown onto the crags (from afar that is).
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Crags affected: The Mine, The Hole, Silvermine Crags, Elsies Peak, Kalk Bay Crags, Peers Cave...
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The rock friction is rarely if ever altered on the climbs that start at the "Ledge" on Table Mountain.
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When the North Wester blows, it generally means that bad weather is on the way (but it could take a day or two to arrive.) The air can be warm and balmy before the clouds race in from the Atlantic. If Lions Head mountain is covered in cloud there is a high chance its going to rain in the next couple of hours.
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When a so called cold "front" approaches then the best escape is to head to Montagu where a rain shadow protects the area from rain. As the front moves in from the sea over the peninsula there will be some delay before it gets to Paarl and then the Du Toit's Kloof range will also hold back the front for half a day or so.  So one can climb at Paarl Rocks or Hellfire crag for a morning or afternoon.  Unfortunately, as the "front" approaches it can get very windy in the Du Toit's pass  as it acts as a chute.
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The Cedarberg can also be considered but depending on the size of the front, it can rain there too.
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Of the crags within an hour two of Cape Towb, Karbonaatjies Kraal is the last crag to be affected by wet weather.
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*[[India Venster Trail]]
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[[Image:Table Mountain Zoomed out view of India Venster and Kloof Corner trails.jpg|thumb|right|Table Mountain Zoomed out view of India Venster and Kloof Corner trails]]
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**[[The Mine]]
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**[[The Underside]]
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**[[Foreign Policy]]
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**[[Silvermine Crags]]
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**[[Elsies Peak]]
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**[[Higgovale Quarry]]
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**[[Hout Bay]] - Bokkemanskloof, Chapman's Peak, Skoorsteenkop, The Sentinel
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**[[Kalk Bay]]
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**[[Lakeside Pinnacle]]
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**[[Lion's Head]] - Granite & Sandstone
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**[[Muizenberg Buttress]]
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**[[Peers Cave]]
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**[[Table Mountain]]
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**[[The Hole]]
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** Peninsula Bouldering Areas
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***[[New Joshua Tree]]
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***[[Silvermine Boulder]]
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***[[Topside]]
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***[[Llandudno]]
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***[[Redhill]]
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*[[Paarl Rocks]]
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*[[Oudtshoorn]]
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*[[Karbonaatjieskraal]]
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*[[Kleinmond]]
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*[[Elands Bay]]
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***Towerkop
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=== Eastern Cape ===
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*[[Cape St Francis]]
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*[[Fort Fordyce]]
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*[[Hogsback]]
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*[[Morgan Bay]]
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*[[Pinnacle Gorge]]
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*[[The Shire]]
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*[[Howissen's Poort/Scoops]]
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*[[Windmill Hole]]
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*[[NSA, East London]]
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*[[Buffalo River]]
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=== Free State ===
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*[[Langberg]]
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*[[Eagle Mountain|Harrismith - Eagle Mountain]] (formally known as Mount Everest)
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*[[Swinburne]]
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=== KwaZulu Natal ===
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*[[The Wave Cave|Shongweni - The Wave Cave]]
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*[[Monteseel]]
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*[[Kloof Gorge]]
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*[[Drakensberg]]
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*[[White Umfolozi River]]
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*[[Howick Falls]]
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*[[Umgeni Valley]]
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*[[Winston Park]]
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=== Limpopo Province===
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*[[Blouberg]]
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*[[Wellingtons Dome]]
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*[[Makapansgat]]
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=== Mpumalanga  ===
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*[[Waterval Boven]]
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*[[Sabie Gorge]]
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*[[Blydepoort]]
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*[[Jim's Crag, Olifantshoek]]
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*[[Wilgerpoort]]
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*[[Ngwempisi]]
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*[[GoldRush Bouldering]]
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*[[Croc River Canyon]]
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=== Gauteng ===
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*[[Bronkies]]
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*[[Bobbejaans Berg]]
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*[[Melville Koppies]]
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*[[The Glade]]
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*[[Mutango Lodge]]
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*[[Northcliff]]
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*[[Plumbago Nature Reserve Bouldering]]
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*[[Radioactive]]
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*[[Strubens Valley]]
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*[[Strubens 2]]
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*[[The Chosspile]]
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=== Northwest Province ===
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* [[Magaliesberg]]
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* [[Potchefstroom Crag]]
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* [[Wigwam]]
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* [[Secret Garden Bouldering]]
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=== Namibia ===
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*[[Spitzkoppe & Pontoks]]
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*[[Aussenkehr]]
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=== [[Botswana]] ===
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*[[Kgale Hill]]
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*[[Mmopane Hill]]
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*[[Kanye Gorge]]
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*[[Moshupa and Thamaga]]
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*[[Otse]]
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*[[Mosweu]]
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*[[Motlhabaneng]]
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==Editing the Wiki==
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==Journal and Guidebook Archive==
 
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* [[UCT MSC Journals]]
===Naming a New Article===
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* [[MCSA Journal Indexes]]
 
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* [[Out of print guidebooks]]
Choose a '''specific name''' for your '''new article'''. For example, prefer "Silvermine Main Crag" to "Main Crag".
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Not everybody will access your new article from the page that it is initially linked from: some may access the article directly from a search engine, or from elsewhere in the wiki. The article name should therefore make sense in a stand-alone context. An article's name is its unique identifier within the wiki. For instance, if you look at the list of [[Special:Popularpages|popular pages]], then an article called "Main Craig" makes little sense amongst "[[Bronkies]]," "[[Waterval Boven]]," and so forth.
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Remember that a link name needn't match the article name. Example: Use "<nowiki>[[Silvermine Main Crag|Main Crag]]</nowiki>" if you are in a Silvermine article and want to make a ''link'' that says [[Silvermine Main Crag|Main Crag]], (but the article linked to is called "Silvermine Main Crag").
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===Further Information===
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Consult the [http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Editing Meta-Wiki Editing Help] for further information on wiki editing.
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Latest revision as of 13:55, 12 October 2017

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Welcome to the largest & most comprehensive online database of Southern African climbing information.

Rock Climbing in South Africa

South Africa offers some of the best climbing in the world. There are many different rock formations all with different features. Oudtshoorn crags are limestone with hanging stalactites and tufas. The Cederberg is compact sandstone with ledges that offer solid gear placements. There is great sport climbing in Montagu, a small Klein Karoo town, where it is almost always dry (except for when it floods). Waterval Boven is probably the most developed sport climbing area in the county with about 600 routes in a most beautiful setting. In the Free State, Mt Everest and Swinburne offer sport and trad climbing and awesome bouldering. The famous Wave Cave at Shongweni is just outside of Durban and has hard overhanging sport routes. You can do seaside cliff climbing at Morgan Bay. There is world class bouldering at Rocklands in the Cederberg, remote multi-pitch trad climbing at Magaliesberg and the Drakensberg Mountains. Ok, I could go on, but you get the point. The settings are beautiful and uncrowded by hoards of people. The small towns have a really nice laid-back country feel. The people are friendly and genuine. And the food, wine and atmosphere is always great!

Click here for Route / Guide Books and Topos

Access Considerations

A lot of climbing areas are on private land, so please be courteous to anybody you meet while in the area (it might be the landowner). Please don't litter. Only go to the toilet far away from the crag. Keep on the paths.

South Africa Climbing Areas by Province

Other Climbing Areas Outside of South Africa

Map of Climbing Areas

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General Information

Route Hit List

Journal and Guidebook Archive