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Mountain Climbing around Rustenburg

Whether you are an avid climber,  or just starting out, the Magaliesberg near Rustenburg provides ideal rocks and gorges to climb.

Find easy- to advanced climbs, kloofing, trad- & sports climbing and abseiling.

Mountain Climbing around Rustenburg

If you’ve got a day to spare or you are looking for a weekend getaway, try one of the following to make for a great day- or weekend out:

Locations to Abseil, Rock-climb or go Kloofing:

Within the Mountain Sanctuary Park – about 40 km’s from Rustenburg:

  1. Tonquani Complex *
  2. Cedarberg Kloof *
  3. Mhlabatini * (trad)
  4. Fernkloof
  5. Grootkloof *
  6. Trident kloof

* MCSA owned (permits should be obtained) = Mountain Club of South Africa is an environmental non-profit organisation and the oldest mountaineering club in South Africa that promotes mountaineering and training of mountain climbing.

What to pack:
  • Hiking shoes
  • Shorts/trousers that work with a harness
  • Bicycle gloves
  • Small backpack with:
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof camera as you will be going waterfalls
  • Summer: rain-jacket | Winter: warm jacket & beanie
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Dry clothes in car
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting wet
Climbing equipment usually provided:
  • Harness
  • Helmet
  • Ropes
  • Technical climbing equipment

Some locations do require permits (see MCSA above) which are often included in the price.  Please check with your guide before embarking on the trip.

Best time to climb:

In the Magaliesberg, Winter / Spring

Suited for:

(Depending on type of gorge / cliff / size):

  • 6 years and up (should be fit)
  • small groups
  • larger groups (up to 8 people)
To Climb, to Kloof or to Abseil:

Trad climbing / sport climbing:

Trad- or Sports Climbing is characterised by climbing with no longer than a single rope-length. Climbers talk of the tremendous feeling of achievement when you top out on a climb that has taken you several hours to complete and you can inevitably expect to return home exhausted that evening!

Routes are chosen according to the level of skill and fitness of the climbers. Groups are kept small and climber/guide ratios almost never exceed 2 clients per guide. Cost includes the use of all rock-climbing equipment.


If you would like help of ropes on your climb, abseiling is the answer. The term abseiling means that you go up and down a cliff or a rock with the help of some sturdy ropes. There are different degrees of difficulty in abseiling and therefore where you climb, depends on your degree of experience and sense of adventure.


In a sense, Kloofing is similar to abseiling but instead of going up and down a cliff, it is very likely you will abseil down a waterfall.  Going down is the only way you will reach your destination!

Kloofing is the South African term for canyoneering, and thus makes this sport truly South African.

Kloofing in Magaliesberg is not for the faint-hearted but varying degrees difficulty offer an activity for the young, and even for the young at heart.  On occasion, kloofing is also done in conjunction with some hiking trails – see one of our hiking trips that offer kloofing.

Best part about Kloofing: The chance to see the beautiful Magaliesberg waterfalls, swim in cool pools (better in Spring) and take part in boulder hopping!

nter and spring are the best seasons for climbing in the Magaliesberg – summer gets exceedingly hot and is often plagued by exceedingly violent summer thunderstorms, making afternoon climbing quite exciting in a less-than-pleasant sense

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