Rock Climbing in South Africa

South Africa has an abundance of rugged cliffs and soaring mountains perfect for all levels of rock climbers. It offers some of the best and most diverse rock climbing locations in the world which are awaiting your discovery. The famed and towering Table Mountain in Cape Town is a definite must for rock climbing enthusiasts. This mountain is one you just have to conquer and offers absolutely exquisite scenery.
Silvermine is apparently the most popular climbing area on the Cape, but it doesn’t seem that way. The rock (sandstone) is good and not smoothed over or abused. Silvermine is about a 20 minute drive from Cape Town. The hike to the main crag is only about 20 minutes. The climbing here is relatively long single pitch climbs and range in difficulty. A great place for beginner to advanced routes, Silvermine has 5 different crags and over 80 routes with grades ranging from beginner to pretty darn hard.
Two-and-a-half hours’ drive north of Cape Town is the magnificent Cederberg. This is a world-class boulder area and boasts some of the best trad rock climbing routes in the country. Rock climbing opportunities in the Eastern Cape include Lady’s Slipper, Van Stadens Gorge, The Grips, The Gorges and Windmill Hole to mention a few. The pristine Blouberg in Limpopo and the Magaliesberg in the North West Province are also awesome rock climbing hot spots with many challenging climbs to suit the experience level of any rock climber.

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