Abseiling/Rock climbing

There are two climbing sections; Main-Crag and Hidden Buttress on Swartvlei Equestrian Estate. A day fee of R150 per person is payable. Access has to be arranged and an indemnity form need to be completed at the office before attempting the climb.

These two climbing sections boast 12 amazing 20-25m meter climbing routes that consist of skin-friendly yet coarse sandstone with great friction. There is something for everyone, from the beginner to the very experienced.

The climbs range from grade 15/4c (Large holds and vertical rock face) through to
grade 24/6a (Small holds with horizontal overhangs).
Keith James discovered the routes in 1987. The routes have since been retro-bolted.

It is of the utmost importance that the property is respected when climbing this destination.
(no speeding entrance roads, no littering litter and keep noise to an absolute minimum)

Please contact the Estate Manager to arrange time of arrival.
Naomi: 078 676 0461

The Main Crag

  • 1. Simply Divine. A grade 15 climb. Medium grip quality with 6 bolts. (Discovered by M De
    Waal & K Thrash in 2004).
  • 2. Coot blaster. A grade 17 climb. Good grip quality with 7 bolts. (Discovered by K James in
    1987).
  • 3. The Sting. A grade 19 climb. Good grip quality with 8 bolts. (Discovered by K James in
    1987).
  • 4. Lazy Sunday. A grade 20 climb. Good grip quality with 8 bolts. (Discovered by K James in
    1987).
  • 5. Just Another Manic Monday. A grade 21 climb. Good grip quality with 8 bolts. (Discovered
    by K James in 1987).
  • 6. Boomslang Face. A grade 16 climb, also the abseil route. Medium grip quality with 7 bolts.
    (Discovered by K James in 1987).
  • 7. Space Shuffle. A grade 22 climb. Good grip quality with10 bolts. (Discovered by K James in
    1987).
  • 8. Monsters Ball. A grade 24 climb. Good grip quality with 11 bolts. (Discovered by K James
    in 1987).

The Hidden-Buttress


From the top of the Main-Crag follow the cairns (piles of rock used to demarcate a route of peak)
along the ridge for approximately 100m to a big pine tree, scramble down to the abseil station and
abseil to the base of the crag.
Hidden Buttress

  • 1. Vacilitation. A grade 17 climb. Excellent grip quality with 7 bolts. (Discovered by K James
    in 1987).
  • 2. Subvertor. A grade 19 climb. Good grip quality with 8 bolts. (Discovered by K James in
    1987).
  • 3. Mind Blaster. A grade 22 climb. Good grip quality with 8 bolts. (Discovered by K James in
    1987).
  • 4. Cornflake. A grade 22 climb. Good grip quality with 8 bolts. (Discovered by K James in
    1987).