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Description

Manoutsa or Strijdom Tunnel is a good traditional climbing area in Mpumalanga. The area was first 'climbed' back in 1975 and slowly more and more routes have been added. The climbing is generally very good with superb views of the lowveld. The routes are all natural mostly 5 to 7 pitches long. The rock varies from one climb to another, but is normally excellent. It tends to be rather featured making apparently blank faces quite climbable, while providing excellent gear in both vertical cracks and on the faces themselves. The cliffs tend to be north facing and as such will be very hot in summer. The best time to climb will be winter, although spring and autumn will not be too bad. There are a lot of black-jacks present in the early winter which will make the descents a little less fun. Take plenty of water, and allow for a 2 hour descent back to the car.

Access issues

The cliffs tend to be north facing and as such will be very hot in summer. The best time to climb will be winter, although spring and autumn will not be too bad. There are a lot of black-jacks present in the early winter which will make the descents a little less fun.

Approach

From the N4 travelling towards Waterval Boven take the road to Lydenburg just after the Machadadorp Toll Plaza. After about 15km, turn left onto the R36 towards Lydenburg. Continue along the R36 through Lydenburg and Ohrigstad and down the Abel Erasmus pass to the tunnel. The climbing area is just upstream of the JG Strijdom tunnel on both sides of the road. This road leads down the escarpment on the Abel Erasmus pass towards Tzaneen. Manoutsa is broken down into a number of climbing areas, each with their own parking, approach and descent. They are thus described in more detail in these sections.

Where to stay

The Restaurant is about 1.5 hours away. Alternatively, continue to the Manoutsa Campsite a few kilometres beyond the tunnel. Chalets and camping are available.

Routes

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SA 20 * Who Dares Wins Unknown 220m
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SA 17 On the Edge Unknown 150m
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SA 19 * Pink Pollyshorts Unknown 53m
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SA 19 * Lucky Break Unknown 50m
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SA 13 Portapotty Unknown 28m
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SA 18 * Ja Oom Unknown 45m
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SA 17 Oatso Easy Unknown 10m
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SA 23 ** Crack.exe Unknown 110m
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SA 22 * Ashen Lizard Unknown 210m
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SA 11 ** Wake-Up Call Unknown 190m
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SA 13 ** Lies and Reconciliation Unknown 130m
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SA 19 * Rastus Unknown 150m
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SA 20 ** Blood and Guts Unknown 180m
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SA 16 Green Number Unknown 160m
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SA 10 Easy Day for a Change Unknown 120m
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SA 17 ** Two By Four Unknown 160m
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SA 18 * Triple Bypass Unknown 110m
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SA 19 * Four By Four Unknown 160m
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SA 16 Little Red Devil Unknown 95m
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SA 20 * Comfortably Numb Unknown 150m
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SA 20 * C'est la Vie Unknown 190m
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SA 20 ** Wish You Were Here Unknown 150m
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SA 19 *** Hard Rock Cafe Unknown 180m
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SA 21 *** Home Alone Unknown 160m
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SA 20 * Riders on the Storm Unknown 140m
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SA 14 Yebo-Gogo Unknown 170m
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SA 18 * The Four Musketeers Unknown 170m
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SA 19 King P Unknown 210m
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SA 19 * Relax Mcsak Unknown 170m
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SA 19 * Anjin San Unknown 270m
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SA 20 *** Cry Freedom Unknown 190m
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SA 17 Tendeka Unknown 140m
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SA 22 ** Sultans of Swing Unknown 140m
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SA 19 * Good Vibrations Unknown 130m
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SA 18 * Scallywag Unknown 140m
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SA 21 * Memories Unknown 110m
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SA 17 Kanoutsa Unknown 170m
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SA 21 ** Rainy Day Woman Unknown 120m
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SA 20 * Turning Point Unknown 200m
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SA 20 *** Magical Mystery Tour Unknown 50m
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SA 23 *** Its a Kinda Tragic Unknown 50m
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SA 19 ** Scotch on the Rocks Unknown 28m
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SA 17 * White Route Unknown 130m
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SA 22 * Black Corner Unknown 95m
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SA 14 * Ratbag Unknown 110m
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SA 17 ** Double Green Unknown 110m
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SA 17 * Rainbow Nation Unknown 100m
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SA 20 * Waiting for the Bus Unknown 95m
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SA 17 * Ifidi Ice Unknown 90m
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SA 16 * One of the Lads Unknown 240m
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SA 18 * Mabaleng Unknown 190m

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