Bouldering in Rocklands, South Africa

Rocklands has been hyped by professional climbers already for years and this had led to more and more climbers to find their way to this bouldering paradise. When arriving to the area and gazing over the sea of rocks, you'll realise the beauty and the tremendous potential of the area. The bouldering area is located in a remote semi-desert setting around Cederberg Wilderness Area. The varied red sandstone offers something for everyone and the style resembles indoor climbing with steep walls and athletic moves. As the rock is pretty rough you'll probably need to take some days off to get your skin back in shape. As always, respect the nature by leaving no trace nor harming the vegetation. In addition, don't forget to get the climbing permit from Traveller's rest, de Pakhuys camping or online - this also supports the correct development of the area. Topos are made by Scott Noy, one of the developers of the area and the author of Rocklands Bouldering guidebooks. In case you open new problems in the area, help Scott to keep the topos updated and contact with the information about the problems. Since Rocklands area has limited internet, we highly recommend downloading the topos in the app for offline use in advance.

Rocklands map

Rocklands topos

2894 routes in 53 crags


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Travel info

Best season

During the South African winter, which is June-September. Weather normally stable.

How to get there?

Flying to Cape Town and driving about 3h.

Where to sleep?

Many guesthouses and a campsite in the bouldering area (see map above). Book early, even 6 months ahead!

Other activites

In the area: hiking, rock art, braai (BBQ) and wine tasting. Surfing, safaris, etc. few hours away.

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