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Waterkloof Climbing Guide

Location: Bokloof Farm, Baviaanskloof. Eastern Cape Getting there: See www.bokloof.co.za

History: In 2009 Waterkloof was the venue for the Rock and Road Competition finals. The area was first developed by Derek Marshall and other EC climbers. In 2008/9, Clinton Martinengo and Joe Möhle bolted the majority of the routes for the Rock and Road competition. There were a total of 11 sport routes for the Rock and Road. Juan-dray Marshall added a project. In January 2016, Basil Jacksch and Joe Möhle returned to add another 5 routes ranging from 16-29, plus one closed project. Ebert Nel & Alex Bester added 3 lines & opened Juan-dray's project in December 2016. To date, there are 21 bolted routes at Waterkloof.

Information: The kloof is a sport climbers dream. The area is pristine, the rock is excellent, the walk-in is short and in summer the kloof stays very cool. The farmers, Quintis and Anina Bezuidenhout are very friendly hosts and have built a beautiful campsite and chalet for visitors at affordable rates. For all information on how to get there, facilities, other activities and to book check their website: bokloof.co.za

Waterkloof is an all year round Sport Climbing venue and can be combined with visits to Oudtshoorn and Montagu to make an excellent road trip. They are each about 2-3 hours’ drive apart.


1. Skollie en Bakkies 21 (12B+C), FA - J. Möhle 2016
2. Open Project (Bolted by D. Marshall)
3. Cape Psych 31 (13B+C), FA - A. Ondra 2009
4. Franky Four Fingers (Bolted by J.D. Marshall, FA. Ebert Nel)
5. The E.P. Soap Opera 29 (?B+C), FA - A. Ondra 2009
6. The Emperor 32 (14B+C), FA – A. Ondra 2009
7. Steel Rain 25 (13B+C), FA – C. Martinengo 2009
8. Cape Ruby 23 (13B+C), FA – B. Jacksch 2016
9. Closed Project (J. Möhle)
10. Blood Meridian 29 (10B+C),FA – J. Möhle 2016
11. Will or Nil 26 (12B+C), FA – J. Möhle 2016
12. Don’t Be A Dricus 22 (?B+C), FA – D. Marshall + M. Renz 2009
13. New Year’s Saga 26 (11B+C), FA – J. Möhle 2009
14. Mr. Smooth 28 (12B+C), FA – C. Martinengo 2009
15. Mr. Short 29 (5B+C), FA – C. Martinengo 2009

  • 15. into 14. Mr. Extension 30, FA – C. Martinengo 2009

16. The Silent Type 24 (12B+C), FA – C. Martinengo 2008
17. Front of House 16 (8B+C), FA – B. Jacksch 2016


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