Rocklands is in the Cederberg and is famous its world class bouldering as well as excellent sport climbing.
Located on the West Coast Way Wild Route
Rocklands is located on the West Coast Way Wild Route. Rocklands is in the Cederberg and 250km/3 hours north of Cape Town. It’s famous for it’s world class bouldering as well as excellent sport climbing. This area can only be accessed with a permit, available from de Pakhuys office and campsite, Cape Natures’ Kliphuis Campsite, Clanwilliam Tourism Office and the shop at Travelers Rest.
Stay in cottages or camp in a nature rich area. De Pakhuys offers accommodation in the middle of the world famous Rocklands climbing area. De Pakhuys’ climbing area was originally developed in 2005 by a team of Austrians which included Klem Loskot. It offers a huge range and variety of bouldering including Girl on my Mind 6C, Minky 7B, Black Velvet 8A, Gliding Through The Waves Like Dophins 8A+, Ray of Light 8B and Witness the sickness 8A.
The piles of jaggd, jumbled rock in the Cederberg, richly coloured by iron oxides, are part of the Cape Fold Mountains. They were formed over a period of 500 million years, and at one time glaciers gouged the underlying rocks, leaving furrows that are still visible in the vicinity of Pakhuis Pass – originally built by Thomas Bain. This modern pass on the R364 is now tarred and winds some 20 km deep into the Cederberg Mountain. The crest of the pass, 922m above sea level, has views all the way to the Karoo and is a good birding spot, with Cape rockjumper.
De Pakhuys is about 250km from Cape Town, 26km past Clanwilliam which is the closest town. Take the N7 to the Clanwilliam turnoff on the right (just after Clanwilliam Dam). Then carry on past Clanwilliam and over the Pakhuis Pass. De Pakhuys/Alpha Excelsior turnoff is on the right a few hundred meters after the pass.
Find Rocklands on the West Coast Way Wild Route.
Open 7 days a week
Distance from Cape Town: 250 km
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