Around 2 hours north-east of Cape Town, the small, picturesque town Montagu is waiting with around 400 of Sport Climbing Routes as well as some bolted multi-pitches lines, to be explored. It became more and more popular in South Africa for Rock Climbing, but also to foreign visitors in the past years.
Very compact sandstone in different colours and routes, that are bolted fine also for the risk-avoiders among us.
Climbing cracks are very easy accessible with a maximum of 20 minutes approach that leads through very unique landscape. It only gets a bit crowded during high season (Dec – Jan) in the rest of the month you will probably the only one climbing beside some lizards.
The routes are not very pumpy but instead a good training for your food and toe technique.
A permit is only needed for Boschkloof (but worth it) and can be easily bought online.
Montagu is situated at the end of a beautiful valley on the Route 62 in South Africa. Take a walk through the little town and enjoy good food in one of the cute Victorian Houses that make Montagu so special in the Western Cape of South Africa. There are several nice B&B’s as well as Campgrounds available. Some of them with Pools, so you will probably not even leave your place on a rest day but just enjoy the sunshine and a good book.
The Avalon Springs are hot springs with 5 pools you can visit for a small fee.
Surrounded by hills you find plenty of hiking trails from short walks to full day treks. All of them can be started right away from the town, no car needed. Some of these trails can also be done with a Mountainbike. But bring your own, there is no Bike Rental in Montagu.
You may also find some Bushman Paintings in this area or hire a guide to ensure you will.
Well, let’s skip that topic. Set up your own party with friends in the apartment or campground or Braai some delicious South African meat. If you go out for dinner, note that you don’t get food after 9 pm.
There is a climbing school in Montagu offering climbing courses where you can also rent climbing gear. For example a 60 m rope for R 200 a day. Look it up on their website: www.montaguclimbing.com
It can get quite warm in summer. We visited Montagu for Climbing in February and had 25° in average. It never rained at our Campground, also it rained 3 kilometers away in the canyon several times. Seems like Montagu is a lucky spot. 🙂 Climbing cracks do have several exposures, so you will always find a climbing spot in the shade or in the sun, if you come in winter.