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Situated on the Great Escarpment in the Mpumalanga Highlands in South Africa, the sandstone cliffs of Waterval Boven offers superb climbing in the 5.8 to 5.12c range with options going up to 5.14a. There are 650+ routes which are predominantly single pitch sport with some single pitch trad routes.

Getting There 

Waterval Boven is a 2.5 hour drive from Johannesburg International Airport or an hour's drive from Nelspruit in Mpumalanga.

nhclimber says:
From the town of Waterval Boven, it's about a 20 minute drive to the top of the plateau. From the parking spot about another 10 minutes to the cliff edge and a 10 min descent to the climbing.

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By Ross Exler
From: New York
Jun 20, 2012

Nice sport climbing (and trad so they say, I saw some good looking lines but didn't have any of my gear) in a pretty setting and easily accessible from Johannesburg and Nelspruit. The rock is sandstone and tends to be vertical to overhanging, though there are slabs too. When you get there, go to Rock N Rope (drive down the main street, it will be located on your left after a small bottle shop on the far end of town). Rock N Rope is the place to get all of the info for climbing and lodging/camping. I rented all of the gear that I needed to sport climb and they let me use a guidebook for free. This is the place to reserve campsites or a room in the climbers lodge. The climbers lodge is pretty awesome, I recommend it (actually the campground is awesome too).

There are two main climbing areas - basically across the highway by the waterfall and uphill from town. Both offer nice routes, although the ones by the waterfall are longer. Rock N Rope will drop you off at the waterfall climbing areas instead of leaving your car there because it is near the township, and therefore your car might get broken into. You then walk back from the crag (note: the waterfall crag that I went to requires that you climb back out of the gorge, no walk out). I wouldn't worry too much about the danger of the township, crime is the national obsession in SA, and people told me that they haven't ever heard of climbers getting into trouble. Just be aware, as you always should be in Africa.