Rock Climbing

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is a sport in which participants climb up or across natural rock formations with the aim to reach the summit of a formation or the endpoint of a pre-defined route. There are various forms of rock climbing but only three are practiced in the Cederberg Conservancy namely Sport climbing, Traditional climbing and Bouldering.

Traditional Climbing

Traditional or Trad Climbing involves rock climbing routes that do not have permanent anchors placed to protect climbers from falls while ascending. Gear is used to protect against falls but not to aid the ascent directly.

Sport Climbing

Unlike Traditional Rock Climbing, Sport Climbing involves the use of protection or permanent anchors which are attached to the rock walls.

Bouldering

Climbing on short, low routes without the use of the safety rope that is typical of most other styles. Protection, if used at all, typically consists of a cushioned bouldering pad below the route and/or a spotter, a person that watches from below and directs the fall of the climber away from hazardous areas.

The Trad Climbing Areas are

  • Krakadouw
  • Rooiberg
  • Tafelberg
  • Wolfberg

Sport Climbing can be done at

  • Rooiberg
  • Sanddrif Crag
  • Truitjieskraal

Bouldering is practiced at

  • Rocklands
    Permits for Rocklands can also be purchased online at Quicket.
  • Climbers must please respect the environment and adhere to ‘minimal impact’ and ‘leave no trace’ practices.

  • Please obtain permits and adhere to the rules and regulations as set by the landowners.

Accommodation

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Cederberg Wilderness - Algeria & Kliphuis

The Cederberg is renowned for its spectacular landscapes and weathered sandstone rock formations, most notably the Wolfberg Arch and Maltese Cross.

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Cederberg Chalets

Situated in the Cederberg mountains, the CEDERBERG CHALETS are located in wide open spaces of unspoilt wilderness and tranquillity, spectacular rock formations , rock art, hiking and game viewing.

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Activities

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Overnight Hikes

The available huts on trails serve as shelters only and do not have beds. Hikers can sleep under the stars or in caves or carry a tent.

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Conservation projects

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Stewardship

Stewardship refers to the wise use, management and protection of that which has been entrusted to us.

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Open Days & Awareness

The Cederberg Conservancy hosts an annual Open Day to raise awareness among the farming community and to promote conservation initiatives.

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Biodiversity & Wine Initiative

The Biodiversity & Wine Initiative is a partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector.

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SOB Data Collections

CapeNature launched its State of Biodiversity Programme to assess and monitor the state of biodiversity in the Western Cape in 1999.

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About Cederberg Conservancy

  • The Cederberg Conservancy was constituted in 1997 as a voluntary agreement between landowners to manage the environment in a sustainable manner. It consolidates 22 properties in the central Cederberg as one of the core corridors of the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor and it is active through quarterly meetings and awareness days.

    Visitors to the area can engage in bird watching or easy hikes to the Stadsaal cave and Elephant rock art. For the more adventurous visitor the Conservancy offers Mountain bike trails or overnight hiking trials that vary from one to five nights, depending on your level of fitness and ability.