Narrow Kloof (sport)

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From Johannesburg...

Option 1.

Head toward Haartebeespoort dam via R512 past Lanseria Airport. At the 1st T-juntion you get to, turn left onto the R560 (past a Sasol garage). Continue past the Peacanwood Golf Estate and take a right turn (back onto the R512), that will take you over the Haartebeespoort Dam. At the next T-junction take a right turn and continue over Commando Nek and toward Haartebeespoort. At the 4-way stop (ther is an Engen on your left. This is a good point to meet your mates from PTA) turn left and you will travel parallell to the Magaliesberg range (R104) for approx 55km. Once you have gone past the Rainbow Chicken farm (approx. 5kms), you'll you see a sign to Sparkling Waters, turn left. Follow this road past the Bergheim resort (Fernkloof) and turn left into the Wigwam Hotel (This is about 1km from Bergheim).

Option 2.

Get onto the the N14 highway and head towards Krugersdorp. At the intersection with Hedrik Potgieter (Sasol Garage) take a right turn and drive until you reach a T-junction. At the junction turn right onto the R563 and travel past a Zenex station. Continue along this road for sometime. Once you have made it to the bottom of the steep pass and get a distinct smell of pig manure, take the next road left towards Bekker Skole. Continue onto the T-juction and turn right onto the R24 past Lovers Rock. Now travel parallel to the Magalieberg range, past Oliphantsnek. At the 1st 3-way stop you reach, take a right turn and the Wigwam Hotel gate is approximately 4.5kms down the road on the right hand side. The Bergheim (Fernkloof) turnoff is a further kilometer down the road.

Sign in and tell the guard you are there to climb and park by the entrance to the hotel. This is a private resort and the owner has kindly granted permission. YOU MUST report to the Hotel reception and pay for a day pass. The pass will cost you R25 per person per day which is very fair. Please behave when in the hotel/areas, horseplay and noise will be really bad for the way the owners view the climbers. Be polite, have a beer/food afterwards, it all helps to secure long term access.


Please ensure that whatever you carry into the kloof, you carry out. The kloofs are narrow and access is fairly limited, make sure you go to the bathroom before entering. Please DO NOT urinate or deficate in the kloof as the water is currently pure enough to drink, lets keep it that way. If you have to go make sure you exit the kloof before you get down to business. Please bury your deposits to avoid nasty surprises. If you see litter (and there often is in the kloof, due to baboons raiding the hotel bins) make an effort to pick it up on your way out and put it in a dustbin.



To get to the kloof walk away from the hotel back towards the tarred road. There is a sign marking the start of a "Mountain walk". Follow this sign and follow the track (looks like it has been made by a quad bike or similar) up the hill to where the path splits, creating an island with a tree on it and taking a right into the narrow looking kloof above. There are kerns on the path. To enter Narrow Kloof (climbing side) one must walk over the top of the first section of kloof and enter the second sectoin where the gulley is formed from above.

Narrow Kloof Routes

PLEASE NOTE: There is currently no bolting allowed in the lower section of the narrow kloof (i.e. lower that Mind the Gap). Please respect this bolting restriction until access is granted.

  • The Gulley of Narrow Kloof Route List

Routes from the LEFT of the crag towards the RIGHT.

1. Mind the Gap 24/7a <unknown> FA. Eric Riemann Please mind the gap on top.
2. Smoke Signals 23/6c+ <unknown> FA. Greg Borman Start as MTG then break right at 3rd or 4th bolt.

Next route is upstream where the kloof narrows again. You may have to cross a small pool to access the start.

  • The Overhang of Narrow Kloof Route List

Routes from the LEFT of the crag towards the RIGHT (from the entrance to the cave at the back).

1. <Bass hunter open project> BB. Ebert Nel. 2013. After cleaning, rope falls in pond.
2. <Brian Weaver open project> BB. Brian Weaver. 2014.
3. <Andrew Pedley open project> BB. Andrew Pedley After the big move on DD, the project forks out left.
4. Double Dragon 33/8b+ BB. Andrew Pedley. FA. Andrew Pedley. 2014.
5. Opposing Force 28/7c BB. Alex Bester. FA. Ebert Nel. 2012.
6. Half Life 27/7b+ BB. Ebert Nel. FA. Alex Bester. 2012.
7. Call of Duty 26/7b BB. Alex Bester. FA. Ebert Nel. 2012.
8. Minesweeper 26/7b BB. Andrew Pedley. FA. Brian Weaver. 2013. Just to the right of call of duty. "This line should never have been bolted" Ebert
9. Flight Simulator 31/8a+ BB. Alex Bester & Ebert Nel. FA. Falco Filotto. 2014. involves a large dynamic one move wonder crux. Falco will buy a case of beer for the 1st person to repeat the line.
10. Resident Evil 28/7c BB. Ebert Nel. FA. Ebert Nel. 2013.
11. Left For Dead 28/7c BB. Ebert Nel. 2013. FA. Ebert Nel. 2014. Was left abandoned because it shared a crux hold with Resident Evil. After the contravercial bolting of Minesweeper, the route was tried again and sent. The route shares one hold but is used conpletely differently than Resident Evil.
12. Game Over 29/7c+ BB. Alex Bester. FA. Ebert Nel. 2013. The last line in the kloof on the overhanging side.

  • The Slab of Narrow Kloof Route List

Routes from the LEFT of the crag towards the RIGHT (from the cave to the entrance).

1. Serious Sam 21/6b+ BB. Samantha Dry. FA. Alex Bester. 2012.
2. <Name Unknown> 23/6c+ FA. Marc Efune. 2012
3. Limbo 19/6a+ BB. Falco Filotto. FA. Falco Filotto. 2015. Falco's first route bolted ever:D Classic slimper magic!
4. Leisure Suit Larry 19/6a+ BB. Ebert Nel. FA. Ebert Nel. 2015. Route named after Falco's social dilemma on the day... Take caution when passing the ledge.
5. Donkey Kong 20/6b FA. Hector Pringle and Joffrey Hyman