The Hole

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Very overhanging, ±30 single pitch sport routes. Mostly hard (>23) routes in the Hole itself, but some easier nearby. 30 min walk up to crags.

The climbing

Steep, long & pumpy. The main crag (the Hole) area is extremely overhanging with good holds. There is another section called the Sideline on the far left of the crag that comprises a few easier routes.

Getting there

Drive up Boyes Drive, towards Fishhoek. Park your car opposite the stone entrance to the walk up. When parking, be sure to leave two wheels on the road (the rest of the car on the sidewalk). You won't get a ticket if you have two wheels on the road (this allows pedestrians to pass).

Walk up the path. At the contour path turn right and follow the path up the valley. There is a cairn indicating the new path which breaks out right towards the Hole (same path as for Foreign Policy). Walk along this path until you see a good path leading up to the left (with pole steps). Follow the steps up to the Hole (straight takes you to Foreign Policy)


This area has shade all day except in the early morning. The rock takes some time to dry after rain and in winter it often seeps water.

Additional entertainment at The Hole: Take your binoculars; when the shark siren goes off on Muizenberg beach you may be rewarded with a sighting of "Johnny White" getting chased away by the lifesavers.


The routes at the Hole from the left of the crag towards the right,

1. The Thing 27/7b+ 5 Bolts FA. N Matthews. 1997.
2. Jigaboo 27/7b+ 6 Bolts FA. N Matthews. 1997.
3. Babe Watch 26/7b 7 Bolts FA. N Matthews. 1997.
4. Fleur de Mer 24/7a 8 Bolts FA. J Fisher. 1991.
5. Fire in the Hole 27/7b+ 9 Bolts FA. J Temple-Forbes. 2003.
6. Fleur d'Afrique 25/7a+ 8 Bolts <unknown>
7. Afrique de Freak 30/8a 9 Bolts FA. S Maasch. 1997.
8. Megalodon 26/7b 10 Bolts FA. A Davies. 2011. 12mm hangers
9. Route 66 27/7b+ 9 Bolts FA. S Maasch. 1993.
10. Shark Biscuit 25/7a+ 9 Bolts FA. D Steyn, J Temple-Forbes. 2009.
11. Poisson Flambe 25/7a+ 8 Bolts FA. J Fisher. 1991.
12. Le Nuage Neuf 25/7a+ 9 Bolts FA. D Hugo. 1999.
13. La Mystique Voyeur 25/7a+ 8 Bolts FA. J Alexander. 1991.
14. Merkin 26/7b 10 Bolts FA. J Smith. 2011.
15. Zwik 28/7c 10 Bolts FA. G Holwill. 1994.
16. Jaws 25/7a+ 7 Bolts FA. A Davies. 2009.
17. Tears for Fears 26/7b 6 Bolts FA. S Maasch. 1993.
18. Guns & Buckets 25/7a+ 7 Bolts FA. J Gordon. 1993.
19. Buckets of Tears 26/7b 7 Bolts FA. S Maasch. 2003.
20. Life Enhancement Program 31/8a+ 8 Bolts FA. J Mohle 2010
21. Germinator 30/8a+ ? Bolts FA. N Methner. 2016. Starts on Sweet Prow of Mine and splits left.
22. Sweet Prow of Mine 27/7b+ 8 Bolts FA. J Temple-Forbes. 2011.
23. Twat Vier 27/7b+ 8 Bolts FA. M Roberts. 1991. Mostly rebolted
24. Broken 31/8a+ 8 Bolts FA. M Smigleskis. 2003.
25. Stolen Secrets 26/7b ? Bolts FA. S Maasch. 2002. Same start as Twat Vier but continues straight up.
26. Cape Fear 25/7a+ 9 Bolts FA. S Maasch. 1992.
27. Virus 28/7c 7 Bolts FA. J Fisher. 1992.
28. Fear Factor 33/8b+ 9 Bolts FA. C Martinengo. 2007.
25. Sheer Boredom 26/7b 5 Bolts FA. J Temple-Forbes. 2002. Short and bouldery

Sunset Wall

November 2014 - 4 new routes at the Sunset wall + 1x project.
From left to right:

  • White Russian (23) Jason Temple-Forbes Nov 2014
  • Amaretto (24/25) Jason Temple-Forbes Nov 2014
  • Sambuca (24) Jason Temple-Forbes Nov 2014
  • Lemon Cello (26) Jason Temple-Forbes Nov 2014
  • Triple Sec (27) Jason Temple-Forbes Nov 2014
  • Ouzo (closed project) Bolted by: Jason Temple-Forbes Nov 2014

Sunset wall nov 2016.jpg