Best time to visit South Africa

Rock Climbing

South Africa offers the best rock climbing in the entire African continent, with some spots being among the best in the world

Rock Climbing in South Africa - Best Time
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Numerous mountain ranges and ragged shorelines present great opportunities for rock climbing. Among the endless regions appropriate for this extreme sport, some appear to be particularly popular. The northernmost part of South Africa has a few perfect climbing spots such as Waterval Boven with over 700 climbing routes, the scenic Blyde River Canyon, and the Magaliesberg mountain range, renowned as a World Heritage Site.

Rock climbing at Monteseel
Rock climbing at Monteseel
Rock climbing at Monteseel
Rock climbing at Monteseel

Head a little more southward and you'll find nice climbing areas in the KwaZulu-Natal Province, namely Monteseel near Durban. Western Cape is also rich in climbing grounds—these are the iconic Cederberg Mountains north of Cape Town, and of course, the capital city itself.

Rock Climbing in South Africa - Best Season
Climbing Table Mountain
Climbing Table Mountain

The best season for rock climbing depends on the region, but prime time for most of the areas is between April and October. These are winter months in Africa, which are cool and dry in comparison to summer. It should also be taken into account that unlike the northern areas and Western Cape is distinguished by a wet winter climate that results in frequent storms.

Rock Climbing Map & Location