South Africa has abundant climbing in every province with great opportunity for further development. We are fortunate to have some world class bouldering, sport and trad climbing with great weather to add.

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Our friends at theCrag.com have built an incredible website and are the world’s largest collaborative rock climbing and bouldering platform. We share the theCrag’s beliefs in that information about climbing areas should not be owned by individuals but by the community of climbers. This index is built collaboratively by climbers around the world.

If you are looking for route guides, want to keep a climbing log book or are able to add routes, descriptions, topos, and images for the crags you know well, this is the platform for you.

MCSA

The Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) was founded in 1891 in Cape Town, and is the only mountain club in Africa that is affiliated to the world mountaineering body, the UIAA. The MCSA offers mountaineering which includes climbing of all types and hiking opportunities to its members and is involved in mountain search and rescue, training, conservation of mountain areas and procurement of access for mountaineering across all provinces in South Africa. With sectors in each province, being a member of MCSA not only allows you access to some of SA’s most pristine areas, but you are apart of a community of like minded individuals that care and conserve these beautiful places. Each sector hosts monthly hiking and climbing meets.

www.mcsa.org.za

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Indoor Crag Directory

Indoor bouldering, Lead and Top rope climbing, Auto belays, dedicated kids section, fitness gym, yoga and pilates studio. Home to Mountain Mail Order instore Gear Shop.

46 Fourth Avenue South, Fontainebleau, Randburg

010 007 2732

www.cityrock.co.za

The biggest indoor climbing gym in SA. Indoor bouldering, Lead and Top rope climbing, Auto belays, dedicated kids section, fitness gym, yoga and pilates studio. Home to Mountain Mail Order instore Gear Shop.

Unit 5, The Island, 9 Milner Street, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town

021 447 1326

www.cityrock.co.za

Top-rope climbing, Bouldering, Lead climbing as well as personalised fitness classes

Telford Place, 32 Theuns St, Hennopspark, Centurion

084 800 2290

www.rockvalley.co.za

Top-rope climbing, Bouldering, Lead climbing, kids parties.

Plot 210 Korhaan Dirt Rd, Mooiplaats, Pretoria

012 000 4803

www.climbingbarn.co.za

Top-rope, Lead climbing and Bouldering gyms with branches in Pinelands and Bellville.

Sunrise Park, Sunrise Circle, Prestige Dr, Pinelands/Ndabeni

2 Pioneer Street, Oakdale, Cape Town

074 134 8981

www.hangtime.co.za

Indoor bouldering gym, complete with a 30 and 40 degree spray wall.

10 Naaf St, Strydompark, Johannesburg

066 506 0828

www.friendsandallies.co.za

Indoor bouldering gym and fitness. Branches in Paarden Eiland and Diep River

18 Auckland St, Paarden Eiland

Unit 1, 23 Estmil Road, Diep River

021 510 2454

www.bloc11.co.za

Indoor bouldering gym with SA’s only treadwall. Kids parties and a gear shop

5 Valley View Rd New Germany, Durban

031 705 3842

www.srockgym.co.za

Top-rope climbing, Bouldering, Lead climbing, kids parties.

 South End, Gqeberha

082 576 4623

www.valleycrag.co.za

COMPETITION CLIMBING

All indoor competition sport climbing in South Africa is governed by the South African National Climbing Federation(SANCF).

Competition Sport Climbing involves lead climbing, bouldering and speed climbing on artificial climbing environments. SANCF oversees competitive climbing across the country as well as the promotion and development of the sport through its provincial Sport Climbing bodies. SANCF is affiliated to the world body International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) with full member status, and SASCOC.

Each province has a dedicated Sport Climbing body that manages their local Climbing Clubs and provincial competitions.

Provincial and National South African climbing colours can be achieved. SANCF sends qualified athletes from u15 up to world cups all over the world including the Olympics to represent South Africa on the world Sport Climbing Stage.  Competition age groups include u13, u15, u17, u19, Open. Junior fun competitions ( u5 to u13) are run by local clubs and venues to gain experience.

If you are interested in competing you will need to follow the following steps:

      1. Join your local club at your local climbing gym
      2. Participate in a Boulder, Lead or Speed provincial selection competition
      3. If you qualify at your local selection competition, you will be invited to compete at a Provincial selection competition
      4. If you podium at a Provincial selections you will be awarded Provincial colours and invited to compete at a National selection competition
      5. If you podium at a National competition, you will be awarded South African Colours and invited to participate at a World Cup Competition

Provinces and clubs