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Rocklands Bouldering at Bushman’s Cave

For the 2014 Bouldering Season, there is NO CHARGE for bouldering permits at the Bushman's Cave & Taj Mahal areas and we've got the full topo for you to download for free.
Reini Fichtinger on Baboom 7c+ Photo credit Zlu Haller
Reini Fichtinger on Baboom 7c+   Photo credit Zlu Haller
Reini Fichtinger on Baboom 7c+ Photo credit Zlu Haller


In 2013, Reini Fichtinger, Zlu Haller, Killian Fischhuber, Anna Stöhr & co. spent 3 weeks developing the bouldering at Bushman’s Cave in Rocklands.  They developed about 75 problems (25 on the right and 50 on the left side of the road).  Zlu Haller has said, “I can honestly say that some of them definitely belong to the best I’ve ever climbed.”

The bouldering is all easily accessible within a 5 to 10 minutes walk from the parking. All problems in the Taj Mahal area are located to the right of the main road – Taj Mahal (V9) is probably under the Top 3 in routes in Rocklands in this grade.  There are also tons of problems just 5 minutes to the left of the main road.

Bushman’s Cave Amphitheatre was founded in 2002 by Erik & Melinda Milander on their farm about 35 km outside Clanwilliam.  Several of the country’s top artists have performed at this beautiful open air theatre.  Bushman’s Cave also offers the option of self catering cottages or camping with full ablution facilities, electricity, and a swimming pool.




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ClimbZA_Bouldering_Bushmans_Cave.pdf (861 downloads)


Corrections and new routes can be sent to

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Bushman’s Cave Accommodation
Camping: Unlimited Camping with Electricity R40 per per person per night.
Self-catering Chalets:  11 Chalets & 1 Room (± 40 Beds)
Prices from R350 per unit max. 4 –  R450 per unit max. 5

Bushman’s Cave Facilites
Two Swimming Pools
Small Farm shop with basics
Braai Packs & Fresh Farm Bread available by request.
Fridge Available, Locker Available
Four Scenic 4×4 Trails and 4×2 Trail,
Game Drives – Springbok & Oryx,  Rock Art, Scenic Flora, Bird Watching (Fish Eagle)
COMMUNITY HALL – for FREE to Residents
Big Screen with DSTV / Movies / Laptop, Sound Equipment
Pool Table, Dart Board, Fire Place Inside, Bon Fire Outside
WiFi if occupation is  60% plus
Catering for special events on request.

Remember: Keep CLOSED gates CLOSED!!

For accommodation reservations, please contact Erik or Melinda by e-mail, ,
or by phone 027 482 2918 or 083 230 5763 or you can also use the Booking Request form below.


Accommodation Booking Form for Bushman's Cave

Fill in your details below and an email will be sent directly to the accommodation establishment. They will then mail you back directly with their availability and a quote.

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Ebert Nel
Ebert Nel
9 years ago

This place is really amazing. I highly recommend it for people keen to do classic rocklands first ascents. The ideal location for a person of the cape to come test their skills against the unknown. Erik really has a large piece of unexplored land that will most likely be the next destination for many. Above everything else, he has toilet paper in his bathrooms, pool table, tv, wifi, signal, a bar and a large under roof area perfect for rainy days/socializing.

Interested in rock art? walk among these boulders and have your mind blown!!!

thanks for amazing food and an awesome day of climbing provided by this awesome guy!


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Mike J
Mike J
9 years ago

Erik owns over 400 hectares of that mountain. The potential is huge as even close to existing roads and trails there are amazing boulders that nobody has even chalked up. The area will benefit a lot from additional traffic and development; the landowners support the development and will put in trails and roads to the boulders if we give them GPS coordinates.

If you’re staying at his place you can also collect free wood from the riverbed next to the campsite. Need an axe or a saw but… free wood!

I stayed there for a while this season in one of the chalets. Electricity, hot showers and cell signal make the place more comfortable than De Pakhuys for an extended stay.

9 years ago

Any of that permit stuff applicable here?

Justin Lawson
9 years ago

No. Permits are not required for the Bushmans Cave area for 2014.

9 years ago
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Chris Matthew
Chris Matthew
8 years ago

Trying to download the topo but it only shows: [Download not found]??

Can anyone help?

8 years ago
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Chris Matthew
Chris Matthew
8 years ago
Reply to  Riki

Amazing, thanks for the help!

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x

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