South African Climbing Wiki
<imagemap> Image:Rsamap.png|border|right|alt=South Africa Provinces.|Map of South Africa. rect 200 8 278 46 Limpopo Province rect 117 51 194 105 Northwest Province rect 199 62 223 93 Gauteng rect 227 54 285 98 Mpumalanga rect 155 108 221 158 Free State rect 232 104 292 173 KwaZulu Natal rect 129 174 228 252 Eastern Cape rect 17 186 123 249 Western Cape </imagemap> 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!
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
- Limpopo Province (Northern Province)
Other Climbing Areas Outside of South Africa
Map of Climbing Areas
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