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.

Quick links

Route Guides

  • The Crag
  • Bouldering Cape Town
  • Other Route Guide Resources

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.

Route Guides by Province:
Popular Route Guides:

For our avid pebble wrestlers we have partnered with Bouldering Cape Town, their mission is to discover and document boulders to climb in Cape Town, South Africa.

This free resource website provides bouldering guides/Topos and an opportunity to contribute new boulders or updates to upload for others to climb. 

  • MCSA
  • Be safe - Mountain Search & Rescue
  • Guides

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

All phone numbers are the emergency numbers that can be contacted in case of a mountain rescue emergency (primary numbers are in bold). Please specifically state that you are calling regarding a ‘Mountain Rescue Emergency’. The primary cities from which the teams operate are shown in italics. Where a provincial coordination centre that uses MCSA Search and Rescue as a resource exist, the number of the provincial coordination centre is given as the priority contact number.

The MCSA does not charge for rescues, helicopter flight criteria applies, MCSA SAR reserves the right to perform its own assessment of incidents and may transfer incidents to more appropriate agencies or request additional assistance, assistance is dependent on resource availability, resources provided on a volunteer basis.

We are passionate about mountains! It’s what we do every day, with safety and care. Do you want to improve your mountain skills?

Come train with us and get a MDT training and  award. Rock climbing, ice climbing and Mountain Walking courses.  Gavin Raubenheimer is an MDT Mountaineering Instructor and NQF Assessor & Trainer and can teach all the skills you need.

Qualifications:

  •    Registered South African Cultural and Nature Guide (level 4)
  •    MDT certified Mountaineeriing Instructor 
  •    NQF National Mountaineering (level 7)
  •   Convener of Mountain Rescue for KZN

www.peakhigh.co.za

1 on 1 Adventures is a specialised service offered by an adventurous sports coach looking to make a bigger difference in the lives of children, parents and adults. Specialised climbing training and skills development – Based in Randburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Qualifications:

  •    Registered South African Tourist Guide
  •    MDT Multi Pitch Rock Climbing Supervisor 
  •    MDT Wall Climbing and Single Pitch Rock Climbing Supervisor 
  •    Professional Drivers Permit (PDP)
  •    MDT Basic Mountain Walking Guide <2400m asl 
  •    MDT Abseil Supervisor 
  •    First Aid Level 3 (First On Scene)
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www.1on1adventures.co.za

Offwidth’s team of facilitators, guides and coaches are here to help you as an individual, you as a departmental team, you as an organisation, to creatively analyse your way through these awkward spaces, finding the mental power to move beyond the ”offwidth”.

Qualifications:

  •    DEAT Registered South African Adventure Guide
  •    MDT Wall Climbing Supervisor 
  •    First Aid Certified
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www.offwidth.co.za

We will give you expert instruction and guidance at every level, whether it is your first time climbing or you are already an accomplished climber.

Join us for a great day out and experience some of the best rock climbing in South Africa.

Qualifications:

  •    Registered South African Adventure Guide 
  •    First aid certified
  •    Fully insured for operating as a climbing/abseil guide

www.montaguclimbing.com

Founded in 2007, based out of Cape Town, South Africa, Vertigo has specialised in Southern African Mountain-Adventure Experiences from Rock Climbing and hiking Table Mountain to extended Drakensberg Treks and most everything in between.

Qualifications:

  •    Experience based
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www.vertigoadventures.co.za

Brigitte Pegado, qualified mountain guide and certified adventure-seeker, is delighted to present Climbable – a brand-new outdoor adventure organisation. With ample experience in both the mountains and the classroom, Brigitte is the ideal mentor to guide you through the fundamentals of enjoying epic and (most importantly) safe outdoor escapades. 
 
From climbing technique and mindset, to rope management, tradding and emergency skills, Climbable will equip you to become an independent, confident, capable and reliable adventurer. 

Qualifications:

  •    NQF4 Adventure Guide

 

www.climbable.co.za   Email: info@climbable.co.za
WhatsApp: +27 (0)84 448 4848

Indoor Climbing

  • Indoor Climbing Gyms
  • Competition Climbing
  • Provinces & Clubs
  • Coaches

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

Mpumalanga’s First Indoor Rock Climbing Facility.

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

Kingfisher St, Govan Mbeki,  Secunda.

079 446 6887 or
083 449 9343

www.idwalaadventures.co.za

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

INSIDEedge Climbing is a sport climbing club based in Johannesburg, South Africa. We coach rock climbing enthusiasts of all ages and levels of skill, either in private sessions or group classes. Training is done at CityROCK in Randburg.

  •    MDT Wall Supervisor certified
  •    First Aid Level 1 

www.inside-edge.club

1 on 1 Adventures is a specialised service offered by an adventurous sports coach looking to make a bigger difference in the lives of children, parents and adults. Specialised climbing training and skills development – Based in Randburg, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Qualifications:

  •  
  •    MDT Multi Pitch Rock Climbing Supervisor 
  •    MDT Wall Climbing and Single Pitch Rock Climbing Supervisor 
  •     MDT Abseil Supervisor 
  •    First Aid Level 3 (First On Scene)
  •  

www.1on1adventures.co.za

Offwidth’s team of facilitators, guides and coaches are here to help you as an individual, you as a departmental team, you as an organisation, to creatively analyse your way through these awkward spaces, finding the mental power to move beyond the ”offwidth”.

Qualifications:

  •  
  •    MDT Wall Climbing Supervisor 
  •    First Aid Certified
  •  

www.offwidth.co.za

Top out Climbing Club is a Western Cape Climbing Member who aims to continue to grow the sport of climbing in this country by teaching the correct practices for coaching and instruction.

Qualifications:

  •    WCC Beginner Level 1 (2014)
  •    WCC Beginner Level 2 (2014)
  •    Intermediate Coaches Workshop (2014)
  •    SANCF National Coaching Seminar 2014
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www. topout-climbing.com

Shopping

  • Climbing Gear Shops
  • Gear Rental
  • Shoe Resoles

The leading specialised outdoor online retailer in the country that caters to the more serious climber, hiker and outdoor sportsman. We stock top local and international brands in climbing, trekking, expedition, hiking and general outdoor equipment.

Free shipping for orders over R 1000 and deliveries is to anywhere in South Africa.

www.mountainmailorder.co.za

 

CityROCK is also the home to the leading specialist outdoor gear shop in the country. We are not a Cape Union Mart, we cater to the more serious climber, hiker and outdoor sportsman. We stock top local and international brands in climbing, trekking, expedition, trail running, hiking and general outdoor equipment.

46 Fourth Avenue South, Fontainebleau, Randburg

010 007 2732

www.cityrock.co.za

CityROCK is also the home to the leading specialist outdoor gear shop in the country. We are not a Cape Union Mart, we cater to the more serious climber, hiker and outdoor sportsman. We stock top local and international brands in climbing, trekking, expedition, trail running, hiking and general outdoor equipment.

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

021 447 1326

www.cityrock.co.za

Drifters Adventure Centre was established in Sandton City by Andy Dott.

Today Drifters is South Africa’s premier Outdoor, Climbing and Mountaineering store and we still stand by that same ethos…to supply good quality gear and advice by our staff who go out and use it!

www.driftersshop.co.za

In the town of Waterval Boven, we sell and rent climbing/abseiling equipment as well as topos, guide books and maps for your convenience.

www.rocrope.com

Gear for mountain users. We stock gear we believe in, based on real use, in real environments – and travel quite far to experience those environments.

 

Southern Rock opened its doors in 2012. Initially we were primarily a climbing gym with a small retail component but over time Southern Rock has steadily built its reputation as the leading source of climbing information, equipment expertise and climbing gear sales in the greater Durban area

www.southernrockshop.co.za

Here at Black Diamond it’s all about climbing and skiing. We share the same experiences that you do on rock, ice and snow and these experiences push us to make the best gear possible for our worldwide family of climbers and skiers.

Ram Mountaineering is proud to be the official distributor of Black Diamond Equipment in Southern Africa.

www.blackdiamondequipment.co.za

Gone Outdoor Supply Co is the exclusive stockist of Patagonia in South Africa. Shop online or visit their walk-in stores ion Cape Town and Johannesburg

www.goneoutdoor.com

Your one stop product rental shop.

Real time product availability and easy booking process. Collect from us in Gauteng and Western Cape. Delivery options available nationwide.

www.scuttle.co.za

CityROCK offers a small selection of outdoor gear rental of climbing shoes, helmets and boulder pads. 

46 Fourth Avenue South, Fontainebleau, Randburg

010 007 2732

www.cityrock.co.za

CityROCK offers a small selection of outdoor gear rental of climbing shoes, helmets and boulder pads. 

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

021 447 1326

www.cityrock.co.za

We believe strongly that having the right type of equipment allows you to have the best experience.  This is why we only rent the best gear.

www.montaguclimbing.com

In the town of Waterval Boven, we sell and rent climbing/abseiling equipment as well as topos, guide books and maps for your convenience.

www.rocrope.com

Climbing shoe resoling business based in SA’s prime sport climbing destination, Waterval Boven. Shoe drop off available at CityROCK Gear shops. 

www.bovenresoles.wordpress.com

Call or WhatsApp: 084 780 3114

Email: BovenResoles(at)gmail(dot)comPost your shoes to: PO Box 185, Waterval Boven, 1195, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Shoe repairs and shoe care – from resoling (quality Evolv Rubber) and stitching of uppers to total refurbishment. 

Call:021 555 2876 / 074 045 4741

Emailcwbarksole@gmail.com

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