Climbing in South Africa

Rock climbing.

South Africa has some of the best climbing in the world, both traditional and sport. All commercial guiding and training is overseen by the South African Mountain Guides Association (SAMGA) or the Mountain Training Development Trust (MDT), which is part of the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA).

There are climbing schools and mountain guides in all the main centres, and route guides are available from climbing shops. South Africa has routes ranging from quite easy to a number of natural or traditional, or unbolted routes. Visitors on a South African holiday will find that there is something for everyone here.

If you prefer traditional routes then you can enjoy miles of unbolted rock in the fantastic, virtually pristine Blouberg in the Limpopo, the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, the Magaliesburg in North West - in close striking distance of both Johannesburg and Pretoria - or in the miles and miles of fantastic mountain ranges in the Western Cape.

If you'd prefer to stay closer to the city on a South African holiday, nothing can beat Cape Town, with hundreds of sport and traditional routes within the city limits. The city is built around Table Mountain, a national park consisting of two great, hard rock types - Table Mountain sandstone, which gives nice positive edges, and Cape granite, which offers fantastic friction climbing.

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