In the past decade, Rocklands has emerged as one of the worlds most popular bouldering destinations. Each summer, the Northern Hemisphere empties and boulderers flock to the Cederberg Mountains in South Africa.
In reply to UKC Articles: A word of warning about car hire. Car hire companies in SA tend to impose a massive damage excess (sometimes 100%) for accidents occurring on gravel roads - see the photograph of the "typical Cederberg road". I would advise taking out a separate excess insurance in the UK before you go.
Try insurance4carhire . I've used them when intending to hire in SA, and did unfortunately have a, thankfully, relatively minor accident. I had to pay the excess which was the cost of the repair, but insurance4car hire honoured the policy and re-imbursed me on my return.
For an interesting sight seeing day off near Rocklands, Wuppertal, a village founded by German Missionaries is an interesting half day out.
I went at Easter for my honeymoon - you had to time problems for the shade but whilst I might choose the winter season if I had no other constraints I think I could certainly have a good trip there again if that sort of time was the only time I could go. Admittedly, this was bouldering up to about 7A, so not "proper" bouldering more requiring of prime conditions, but still.
Scott Noy, original guidebook author was drone surveying the sectors across May - Sept last year and word was that we should expect something in 2018.
The problem is that the guidebook is Scott's and he has not had time to work on it but in the same way he has not helped and passed on the project to willing others. There was as I understand it a bit of frustration due to the massive gap between old and newly developed sectors plus the hints at the back of the current guidebook tends to send parties on wild goose chases around the area.
I agree. I went in early April and thought it was very pleasant. Wouldn't climb in the direct sun in the middle of the day. We tended to climb mornings and late afternoon/evening with a leisurely lunch break. I thought it perfectly comfortable. It's a very dry climate so can get away with higher air temperatures than, say, Font.
I don't boulder hard so maybe later in year is much better for hard boulderers, but I'd definitely disagree with April being 'an absolute no'.
I would second Trangia on getting the extra car insurance and not paying for the extra car insurance the rental car companies offer you.
We do this every year and use Hertz with no issues.
With regards to the best season, the shoulder periods are great. April-June & August - September. The crags are quiet and if you go in august-September it's after the rains so all the flowers, plants and animals are out in force.
I was out there in 2016 and was sitting on rest days at travellers rest where Nalle H and Dave Graham were drawing up new area topos. Hopefully some collaboration can exist with them. But is definitely need, had a number of those wild goose chases my self.
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