Cape Rock

Cape Rock Tour

Join us for a fully guided, two-week rock climbing trip, as a ‘taster’ of some of the best climbing areas in the Western Cape province of South Africa.. We visit Table Mountain, the Du Toit’s Kloof/ Valley, and the central and northern Cederberg range.

Experience a variety of excellent climbing on good rock in scenic surroundings and fine weather. The climbing we do is mostly of the traditional style on routes of up to five pitches (max. 150m), but there are also single-pitch sport routes for us to climb at some of these venues.

Other attractions

A scenic drive around the Cape Peninsula, including a visit to Cape Point; climbing on the granite domes of Paarl Rocks; viewing San/ Bushman rock art in the Cederberg; wine tasting, swimming in natural pools in mountain streams, wide open, uncrowded spaces, fine weather and friendly people.

Itinerary
Please note: This itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1
Arrive at Cape Town International Airport and meet your guide. Drive to guesthouse in Cape Town, settle in and relax for a while. Take scenic drive around the Cape Peninsula, visiting Cape Point, and do some sport climbing, or bouldering in the Silvermine area on the way back. Eat out at a restaurant and overnight in guesthouse in C.T.

Day 2
Leisurely rise, then spend the rest of the day climbing on the sandstone cliffs of Lion’s Head overlooking the Clifton and Camps Bay beaches. Eat out at restaurant and overnight in Cape Town guesthouse.

Day 3
Full day of climbing multi-pitch traditional route(s) on Table Mountain. Eat out and overnight in guesthouse in C.T.

Day 4
Leisurely rise, then pack up and drive to the town Paarl, in the nearby Boland ‘Winelands’ region. Continue up onto Paarl Mountain and enter the nature reserve. Climb on the granite domes of Paarl Rocks. In the late afternoon, drive on to the Du Toit’s Kloof / Valley. Overnight at the Du Toitskloof Lodge/ hotel.

Day 5
Climbing at Hellfire Crags (single- and two-pitch trad routes, or sport routes) on the lower slopes of Du Toit’s Peak. Overnight at the Du Toitskloof Lodge.

Day 6
Full day of climbing multi-pitch traditional routes on Wolfberg. Overnight at Sandrift self-catering chalets on Dwarsrivier farm.

Day 7
Rest day or more climbing at Hellfire Crags in the morning. Pack up after lunch and drive, via Ceres to stock up on supplies, to the Dwarsrivier farm in the central Cederberg mountains. Overnight at Sandrift chalets.

Day 8
Climbing single-pitch sport and trad routes at the nearby Truitjieskraal crags. Possibly also go to view the San / Bushman rock art and explore at the ‘Stadsaal’ rock outcrops.
Overnight at Sandrift chalets.

Day 9
Optional rest day. Either relaxing at the chalets and down at the river and/ or exploring and viewing Khoisan/ Bushman rock art at ‘Stadsaal’ rock outcrops, with optional visit to and swimming in ‘Maalgat’ river pool. Or, further climbing either on Wolfberg, or at Truitjieskraal. Overnight at Sandrift chalets.

Day 10
Optional rest day. Pack up and drive to the Pakhuis Mountains in the northern Cederberg, via the town Clanwilliam to stock up on supplies. Set up camp at the Kliphuis campsite. Then for the remainder of the day either relax at the campsite, do some bouldering on the nearby ‘Campsite Boulders’ and/ or have a brief taster of the Rocklands sport climbing/ bouldering area. Overnight at Kliphuis campsite, Pakhuis Mountains, northern Cederberg.

Day 11
Climbing sport routes, bottom-roped climbing and bouldering at Rocklands. Overnight at Kliphuis campsite.

Day 12
Climbing at Rocklands. Pack up camp and vehicle and return to Cape Town in the afternoon (3 hours driving time). Overnight in guest house in Cape Town.

Day 13
Full day of multipitch climbing on Table Mountain. Overnight at guesthouse in Cape Town.

Day 14
Time at leisure in Cape Town, or go climbing somewhere in the Cape Peninsula, until time to get ready to drive to the airport. Fly back to the UK.

Fitness

This trip is suitable for climbers with, at least, a few years climbing experience (including traditional climbing as a seconder) with a reasonably good level of mountain walking fitness.

Climbers should be competent climbing multiple pitches and seconding on traditional routes of, at least, grade: SA -17 : UK – HVS 5a : USA – 5.9 : Fr – 5c+ : W Ger – 6

Dates

Contact us for available dates
Cost -Prices available on request.

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