Eastern Cape Rock Climbing

Venues

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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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 & 10 sport lines.

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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 Cockscomb

Cockscomb is a country climbing venue near Port Elizabeth. Think long walk-in, some veg, lots of fungus & loose rock.

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Compassberg Compassberg

Country trad adventure near Nieu Bethesda. Dolorite, vertical, 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 | Climbing Port Elizabeth Damasqua Ridge | Climbing 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 Eagle Gorge

Eagle Gorge is a wilderness trad climbing area near Port Elizabeth. There are 39 recorded 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 | Climbing in Port Elizabeth Falcon Rock | Climbing in Port Elizabeth

Falcon Rock is a climbing & bouldering venue at Lady's Slipper about 35km outside of Port Elizabeth. 15 sport lines, 25 trad lines & a number of boulder problems.

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Fort Fordyce Fort Fordyce

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.

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Gamkaskloof Bouldering Gamkaskloof Bouldering

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 Climbing in East London Garvin's wall - Indoor Climbing in 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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Grootbosrivier | Kleinbosrivier Kloof Grootbosrivier | Kleinbosrivier Kloof

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 | Bouldering | Port Elizabeth Happy Valley | Bouldering | 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 Hogsback

Hogsback is a country trad venue with 249 trad lines & 35 sport lines. On balance dolerite.

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

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. Very 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 Kirkwood

Kirkwood is a minor climbing crag just 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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Kudu Kaya | Baviaanskloof | Rock Climbing Kudu Kaya | Baviaanskloof | Rock Climbing

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 Lalapanzi

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 Mary

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

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Masekane | Climbing in Port Elizabeth Masekane | Climbing in Port Elizabeth

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

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Momentum Gorge Momentum Gorge

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 Morgan Bay

Morgan Bay is a trad sea cliff climbing area about 90km from East London.

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Naga's Kloof Naga's Kloof

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.

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Oudtshoorn Oudtshoorn

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

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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 Pinnacle Gorge

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 Port St Johns

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 Sapkamma Poort

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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Stutterheim | Rock Climbing Stutterheim | Rock Climbing

Rock climbing & bouldering at Stutterheim.

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Swartberg Pass Swartberg Pass

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 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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Toverkop Toverkop

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

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Tygerhoek Gorge Tygerhoek Gorge

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. 24 sport lines on vertical quartzite. There are also 20 trad routes.

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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 Gorge | Port Elizabeth Van Stadens Gorge | Port Elizabeth

Van Stadens Gorge is a sport climbing area 37km from Port Elizabeth. 311 sport routes.

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Vermarkskloof Vermarkskloof

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 at 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 | Maria Maan | Bouldering Witteklip | Maria Maan | Bouldering

Witteklip Bouldering 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 trad crag next to a beautiful river. 3 sport lines.

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