New Access Rules for Oudtshoorn Crags

There are new access protocols for the Oudtshoorn crags following ownership change.

Important news for all sport climbers: the land containing the Oudtshoorn crags has recently come under new ownership, resulting in changes to access protocols.

Western Cape Honeybush Tea are the new landowners of the area around De Hoek Mountain Resort, and they have expressed that they want to build a good relationship with the climbing community (lucky for us) as they work to expand local tourism. They request that anyone wishing to climb at the Oudtshoorn crags either fill out and submit this online form, or email through the following details to

● Name of designated leader of group
● Phone number of leader
● Number of people in the group
● Start date and end date of visit
● Car registration number
● Whether or not you will be staying at De Hoek

Katleho Pobe on Sid Vicious (27), Oudtshoorn. Photographer: Allister Fenton

With these crags offering South Africa’s only limestone climbing, we have to ensure that we maintain a good relationship with the owners by complying with their requests and giving them a warm welcome to the community. So, remember to book before your trip, and consider supporting this local business while you’re in the area.