Eastern Cape Rock Climbing

Venues

6 Pillars | Port Elizabeth 6 Pillars | Port Elizabeth

Deep water bouldering at 6 Pillars in Port Elizabeth. Guide & pictures.

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Abbot’s Buttress | East London Abbot’s Buttress | East London

Abbot’s Buttress is a minor trad area in East London, South Africa.

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Alicedale | Bouldering Alicedale | Bouldering

Alicedale is the Eastern Cape's largest bouldering area & the 2nd largest recorded bouldering area in South Africa.

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Assegaai Trail | Grahamstown Assegaai Trail | Grahamstown

Rock climbing at Assegaai Trail near Grahamstown. Only two sport routes, but plenty of potential for more.

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Balk River Dam | Port Elizabeth Balk River Dam | Port Elizabeth

Bulk River Dam is a minor climbing area about 40km from Port Elizabeth.

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Beacon Bay Cave Trail | East London Beacon Bay Cave Trail | East London

Beacon Bay Cave Trail is a minor climbing area in East London, South Africa. The routes are short & it not very worth while. One sport route.

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Bellow Falls | East London Bellow Falls | East London

Bellow Falls is a minor climbing area close to East London. All trad at this stage. 30m water fall.

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Bergvocht Boulders Bergvocht Boulders

Small easy bouldering area outside PE. Fantastic coffee & breakfast.

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Bible Monument | Bouldering | Grahamstown Bible Monument | Bouldering | Grahamstown

Bible Monument is a boulder traverse training spot in Grahamstown.

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Bobbejaanskop | Port Elizabeth Bobbejaanskop | Port Elizabeth

Bobbejaanskop is a minor trad area about 30km outside Port Elizabeth.

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Bots | Botanical Gardens | Grahamstown Bots | Botanical Gardens | Grahamstown

Urban outdoor bouldering area in Grahamstown.

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Bridgemeade Boulders | Port Elizabeth Bridgemeade Boulders | Port Elizabeth

Bridgemeade has a few very low ball boulders. This is a minor urban area that is only recorded for fun! Please don't go there expecting Rocklands.

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Buffalo River | East London Buffalo River | East London

The Buffalo is a single pitch dolorite country trad area about 35km from East London. There are some multi pitch trad routes & about 10 sport lines.

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Buffelsklip | Kammanassie Buffelsklip | Kammanassie

Remote country trad venue. Only two routes recorded.

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Burnout | Grahamstown Burnout | Grahamstown

Burnout is a short trad climbing & bouldering area of Mountain Drive in Grahamstown.

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Cape St Francis | Bouldering Cape St Francis | Bouldering

Seaside bouldering area at Cape St Francis, near Jeffreys Bay.

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Cockscomb | Groot Winterhoek Cockscomb | Groot Winterhoek

Cockscomb is a country trad climbing venue about 120km from Port Elizabeth. A fairly long walk-in, some veg, lots of fungus & loose rock.

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Compassberg Compassberg

Country trad adventure near Nieu Bethesda. Vertical dolorite with a fairly long walk-in.

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Crag X | Grahamstown Crag X | Grahamstown

Trad & bouldering climbing area on Mountain Drive, just outside Grahamstown.

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Damasqua Ridge | Port Elizabeth Damasqua Ridge | Port Elizabeth

Rock climbing & bouldering guide to Damasqua Ridge, near Port Elizabeth.

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De Bos | Elands River De Bos | Elands River

De Bos is a minor sport crag about 50km out of Port Elizabeth. There are 12 sport lines.

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Dungeon | Bouldering in Port Elizabeth Dungeon | Bouldering in Port Elizabeth

Dungeon is a small urban bouldering cave in Port Elizabeth.

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Eagle Gorge | Groot Winterhoek Eagle Gorge | Groot Winterhoek

Eagle Gorge is a wilderness trad climbing area near Port Elizabeth. There are 39 recorded trad routes.

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East London | Rock Climbing East London | Rock Climbing

List of various boulders, buildings, statues & climbing potential in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

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Elandsbos Rivier | Garden Route Climbing Elandsbos Rivier | Garden Route Climbing

Small sport crag on the N2 Garden Route. Only 3 sport routes.

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Falcon Rock | Port Elizabeth Falcon Rock | Port Elizabeth

Falcon Rock is a climbing & bouldering about 35km outside of Port Elizabeth. 15 sport lines, 25 trad lines & 90 boulder problems.

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Februarie Kloof | Groot Winterhoek Februarie Kloof | Groot Winterhoek

Februarie Kloof is proper unspoiled mountain wilderness. All the climbing is country trad. 32 routes so far. It is quite a long walk-in.

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Fort Fordyce | Amatolas Fort Fordyce | Amatolas

Rock climbing at Fort Fordyce is on vertical dolerite. There are 73 sport lines, 10 open sport projects & 67 trad lines. There is plenty of potential for new routes especially trad.

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Fort Frederick (Freddie) | Buildering PE Fort Frederick (Freddie) | Buildering PE

Guide to various boulder problems & traverses at Fort Frederick, Port Elizabeth.

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Gamkaskloof Bouldering | Swartberg Gamkaskloof Bouldering | Swartberg

Gamkaskloof is a minor boulder area on the road to De Hel in the Swartberg.

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Garage Wall  | Indoor Bouldering | Port Elizabeth Garage Wall | Indoor Bouldering | Port Elizabeth

Indoor bouldering cave in Port Elizabeth.

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Garvin's Wall | Indoor Bouldering | East London Garvin's Wall | Indoor Bouldering | East London

Indoor bouldering wall in East London South Africa

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Grips | Baviaanskloof Grips | Baviaanskloof

Grips is a huge climbing slab at the start of the Baviaans on the Hankey Patensie side. Mostly trad or mixed routes, but there are 5 sport lines.

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Groot Rivier | Plettenberg Bay Groot Rivier | Plettenberg Bay

Groot Rivier is a very accessible sport crag about 15km outside Plett. There are a few trad lines & lots of potential.

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Grootbosrivier & Kleinbosrivier Kloof | Groot Winterhoek Grootbosrivier & Kleinbosrivier Kloof | Groot Winterhoek

Grootbosrivier & Kleinbosrivier Kloof are both wilderness country trad climbing venues close to Port Elizabeth.

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Grots | Bouldering | Grahamstown Grots | Bouldering | Grahamstown

Grots is a minor bouldering spot about 8km outside of Grahamstown.

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Hangklip | Queenstown Hangklip | Queenstown

Hangklip is a trad climbing venue near Queenstown in the Eastern Cape.

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Happy Valley | Buildering | Port Elizabeth Happy Valley | Buildering | Port Elizabeth

Happy Valley is a buildering area on the beach in Port Elizabeth.

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Hellspoort | Grahamstown Hellspoort | Grahamstown

Rock climbing in Hellspoort outside Grahamstown. Overhanging sport routes, trad & bouldering.

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Hill Of Execution | Mlengani, Transkei Hill Of Execution | Mlengani, Transkei

Minor country trad climbing venue near Port St Johns.

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Hogsback | Amatolas Hogsback | Amatolas

Hogsback is a country trad venue with 249 trad lines & 37 sport lines. On balance dolerite.

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Hole in the Wall | Wild Coast | Transkei Hole in the Wall | Wild Coast | Transkei

Hole In the Wall is a minor adventure trad crag. The climbing is very short & crumbly. Have to monitor tides & swim to get there.

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Hope Crag | Port Elizabeth Hope Crag | Port Elizabeth

Hope Crag is a minor climbing crag on Hopewell Conservation Estate near Port Elizabeth.

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Horseshoe Bend | Port Elizabeth Horseshoe Bend | Port Elizabeth

Horseshoe Bend is a small urban trad & sport area in Port Elizabeth.

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Howison's Poort | Grahamstown Howison's Poort | Grahamstown

Overhanging sport climbing venue 8km outside Grahamstown. 42 sport routes. Extremely short walk-in & shaded most of the day.

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Ineptocracy Boulders | Longmore Forest Ineptocracy Boulders | Longmore Forest

Ineptocracy is a remote bouldering area in Longmore Forrest. 9 problems opened, may be potential for a few more.

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Inkwenkwezi | East London Inkwenkwezi | East London

Inkwenkwezi is a minor climbing area about 30km outside East London.

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Kirkwood | Rock Climbing Kirkwood | Rock Climbing

Kirkwood is a minor climbing crag outside the town of Kirkwood. Crag is a mix of trad & sport, all short.

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Kleinrivier | Groot Winterhoek Kleinrivier | Groot Winterhoek

Kleinrivier is a beautiful wilderness kloof with some single pitch country trad routes. Its a beautiful spot.

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Kouga Wildernis | Joubertina Kouga Wildernis | Joubertina

Kouga Wildernis is a stunning mountain resort that has 16 sport routes & about 100 trad lines.

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Kudu Kaya | Baviaanskloof Kudu Kaya | Baviaanskloof

Kudu Kaya, in Baviaanskloof, has some single pitch trad rock routes & great shaded camping. This is a country trad venue.

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Lalapanzi | East London Lalapanzi | East London

Lalapanzi is a dolorite country trad venue. There are 22 single pitch trad routes & 1 sport line.

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Langklip | Joubertina Langklip | Joubertina

Climbing route descriptions for Langklip Pinnacle in the Langkloof

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Linkside Cave | Baakens Valley | Port Elizabeth Linkside Cave | Baakens Valley | Port Elizabeth

Linkside Cave is a small urban sport climbing crag in Port Elizabeth.

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Madelaine | Tarkastad Madelaine | Tarkastad

Madelaine is a country trad venue. The face vertical dolorite & is about 140m high & 800m wide.

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Mary | Tarkastad Mary | Tarkastad

Mary is a majestic dolorite trad & sport venue. An Eastern Cape classic.

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Masekane |  Port Elizabeth Masekane | Port Elizabeth

Masekane is an urban beginners sport climbing area in Port Elizabeth. 20 short sport lines.

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Meiringspoort | Swartberg Meiringspoort | Swartberg

Rock climbing route guide for Meiringspoort. Six single pitch roadside trad routes.

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Momentum | Groot Winterhoek Momentum | Groot Winterhoek

Momentum is a wild trad climbing area. There a about 122 trad lines & a few scattered sport routes.

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Moodie's | Grahamstown Moodie's | Grahamstown

Moodie's is a single pitch country trad climbing area about 8km from Grahamstown. There are more than 100 trad routes.

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Morgan Bay | East London Morgan Bay | East London

Morgan Bay is a trad sea cliff climbing area about 90km from East London. More than 600 single pitch trad lines.

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Naga's Kloof | Groot Winterhoek Naga's Kloof | Groot Winterhoek

Naga's Kloof is a wilderness trad gorge, but has 13 scattered sport routes.

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Newekloof | Baviaanskloof Newekloof | Baviaanskloof

This is a country trad venue at the Willowmore end of Baviaanskloof.

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Nguniland | Kareedow Nguniland | Kareedow

Nguniland is a country climbing crag with 28 trad lines & 9 sport routes. Close to Kareedow

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Niviera | Steytlerville Niviera | Steytlerville

Sandstone slab climbing near Steytlerville. Only two trad routes recorded.

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NSA | Rock Climbing in East London NSA | Rock Climbing in East London

NSA is the main sport crag in East London. More than 60 sport routes.

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Oudtshoorn | Swartberg Oudtshoorn | Swartberg

Classic limestone sport climbing area near Oudtshoorn. 111 sport lines.

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Paarl Rocks | Boulder Guide Paarl Rocks | Boulder Guide

Climbing & bouldering area just outside Cape Town.

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Palmiet Rivier Kloof | Groot Winterhoek Palmiet Rivier Kloof | Groot Winterhoek

Palmiet Rivier Kloof is a country trad venue, in a superb unspoiled wilderness. Only 8 trad lines.

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Piesang Valley | Plettenberg Bay Piesang Valley | Plettenberg Bay

Super sweet trad & sport on super quartzite right in the middle of Plett. 14 sports routes & 26 trad routes. Limited walk-in. With a sea view & in a holiday town.

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Pinnacle Gorge | Groot Winterhoek Pinnacle Gorge | Groot Winterhoek

Pinnacle gorge is a fantastic wilderness climbing area about 90km from Uitenhage. There are 470 trad routes & 37 sport lines, with 5 that are still projects.

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Pompie's Pillar | East London Pompie's Pillar | East London

Pompie's Pillar is a minor crag in East London, South Africa. 1 sport line.

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Port St Johns | Transkei Port St Johns | Transkei

Port St Johns is has big faces & lots of climbing potential, but it a bit remote to be a well known climbing area.

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Rhodes University | Indoor Climbing Wall | Grahamstown Rhodes University | Indoor Climbing Wall | Grahamstown

Rhodes University indoor climbing wall has bouldering, sport & top ropes.

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Sapkamma Poort | Kirkwood Sapkamma Poort | Kirkwood

Sapkamma Poort is a minor trad climbing spot next to the road.

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Schoonies | Bouldering | Port Elizabeth Schoonies | Bouldering | Port Elizabeth

Minor bouldering area at Schoonmarkerskop (Schoonies) off Marine Drive in Port Elizabeth.

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Sleepy Hollow | Port Elizabeth Sleepy Hollow | Port Elizabeth

Rock climbing at Sleepy Hollow outside PE. Sport & trad routes.

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Spare Ribs | Grahamstown Spare Ribs | Grahamstown

Spare Ribs asmall climbing area outside Grahamstown. There are 2 sport routes & 4 trad routes.

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Storms River Mouth | Garden Route Storms River Mouth | Garden Route

Storms River Mouth is a super spot to visit & there are a few short trad lines. Not great climbing.

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Stutterheim | Rock Climbing | Amatolas Stutterheim | Rock Climbing | Amatolas

Sport, trad & bouldering in a sunning forest near Stutterheim.

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Swartberg Pass | Swartberg Swartberg Pass | Swartberg

Roadside rock climbing in Swartberg Pass. Short walk-ins. 68 trad routes on sandstone & quartzite. Single & multi-pitch. Plenty of potential.

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Tafelberg | Middelberg Tafelberg | Middelberg

Country trad climbing area close to Middelberg, Eastern Cape.

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The Island | Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) The Island | Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth)

The Island is a beautiful climbing area just outside Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth). 21 sport routes & 17 trad lines.

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The Menhirs | Grahamstown The Menhirs | Grahamstown

Small urban bouldering spot in Grahamstown.

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The Shire | Tarkastad The Shire | Tarkastad

Country trad climbing area near Tarkastad.

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Thornkloof | Grahamstown Thornkloof | Grahamstown

Thornkloof is a sport area with 23 sport lines about 20km outside of Grahamstown.

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Titsikamma Adventure Falls | Garden Route Titsikamma Adventure Falls | Garden Route

Short sport lines just off the N2.

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Towerkop | Swartberg Towerkop | Swartberg

Towerkop is a remote trad climbing area with a long walk-in & and adventurous atmosphere. The oldest recorded rock climbing route is on Towerkop.

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Tygerhoek | Groot Winterhoek Tygerhoek | Groot Winterhoek

Tygerhoek is a wilderness trad venue. 51 recoreded trad lines & 5 sport routes on sandstone quartzite mix.

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Tyson's Crag | Port Elizabeth Tyson's Crag | Port Elizabeth

Tyson's is predominately a sport climbing crag. Shaded in summer. 26 sport lines on vertical quartzite. There are also 20 trad routes.

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Uniondale Bouldering | Langkloof Uniondale Bouldering | Langkloof

A few easy boulder problems on boulders close to the road.

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Valley Crag - Indoor Climbing Port Elizabeth Valley Crag - Indoor Climbing Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth's only indoor commercial climbing wall

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Van der Kemp's Crag | Port Elizabeth Van der Kemp's Crag | Port Elizabeth

Small climbing area in Van der Kemp's Port Elizabeth. Only 5 short trad routes.

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Van Stadens | Port Elizabeth Van Stadens | Port Elizabeth

Van Stadens is a sport climbing area 37km from Port Elizabeth. 318 sport routes & about 202 trad lines.

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Vermarkskloof | Kammanassie Vermarkskloof | Kammanassie

Country trad climbing guide to routes at Vermarkskloof near De Rust.

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Waterkloof | Baviaanskloof | Rock Climbing Waterkloof | Baviaanskloof | Rock Climbing

Waterkloof is a hard sport climbing area on the Willowmore side of Baviaanskloof. 21 sport routes.

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Windmill Hole | East London Windmill Hole | East London

Windmill Hole is a moderate grade sport climbing area in East London, South Africa.

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Witteklip |  Bouldering | Port Elizabeth Witteklip | Bouldering | Port Elizabeth

Witteklip is a small bouldering spot 35km from Port Elizabeth.

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Wolwerivier | Sedgfield Wolwerivier | Sedgfield

Wolwerivier is a sport climbing area close to Sedgfield on the Garden Route.

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Yellowsands | East London Yellowsands | East London

Dolorite, country trad crag next to a beautiful river. 3 sport lines.

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