In just a few years, the bouldering at Rocklands, near the Pakhuis Pass in the Northern Cederberg has achieved world class status and every year top international boulderers visit and revisit this bouldering mecca. With upward of 1500 developed ‘problems’ to test you, the Cederberg offers a bouldering experience that will bring you back again and again. Visitors from around the world test their skills on our unique rock formations during the bouldering season which generally lasts from May to August (South Africa's winter period) when the days are cooler and you can happily spend several hours in the sun.
Bouldering is a form of rock climbing without climbing aids and generally limited to a height of less than 8 metres. Bouldering 'problems' offer a mental and physical challenge that requires strength, power and focus to complete successfully. A bouldering crash pad and spotters (fellow climbers who can support a fall) are essential to minimize the impact of any fall. Being in the southern hemisphere, the Cederberg offers the ideal bouldering environment when other world class sites become too warm to climb. The dry sunny winter climate of the Cederberg guarantees many bouldering days.
There’s affordable accommodation and two camping sites close to Rocklands. The nearest town, Clanwilliam, is only 15 to 20 minutes drive from Pakhuis Pass (main access point for Rocklands). Many of the privately owned farms in the area have developed bouldering areas on their land as well including De Pakhuys, Laughenis Farm and Traveller's Rest so that you can boulder close to your 'home'.
For more specialist information on Rocklands and bouldering in the Cederberg, we recommend you check out the Rocklands Bouldering site as well as Climb SA. These sites provide information and topos for the bouldering in Rocklands and the Cederberg area in general, and include blogs from recent boulderers.