Access: COVID-19 lockdown Alert level 3

Adjusted Level 3 regulations as gazetted in Gazette 44044 of 29 December 2020, as amended by Gazette 44051 of 29 December 2020, Gazette 44066 of 11 January 2021 and Gazette 44130 of 1 February 2021.

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There are about 145 trad routes and 35 sport routes at Hellfire. Most trad routes are one or two pitches and 40-50m in height, although there also some four pitch test pieces. Sport routes vary in height from 15-45m. The rock is generally excellent quality hard sandstone. Some trad routes have the odd loose block so be aware of what you are pulling on and wear a helmet. All grades are present from short grade 8 beginner climbs to a grade 30+ open sport project of 40m in length. Although any grade of climber will be happy climbing here the real meat of the crag is in the intermediate grades 18-23.

The crag is in the sun for most of the day and can get very hot. Winter is the best time to climb here.

When driving from Cape Town on the N1, pass through the Huguenot Tunnel (toll is about R50) or drive over the old Du Toitskloof Pass. After the tunnel, pass the turn-off to Du Kloof Lodge on your left. The crag should be visible on your right. Continue past the crag keep an eye out for the Klip River sign (pass over a small bridge). SHortly after the bridge keep in the right-hand lane and make a u-turn on a section of gravel on the right (-33.722227, 19.182227). Drive back towards the tunnel. After three sections of wall on your left, there is a big road sign followed by a grassy area on the side of the road to park (-33.723839, 19.173719). Walk about 100 meters back and keep an eye out for a cairn at the start of the trail. The trail goes up towards the pylon, follow the cairns.

There is a comprehensive guidebook available from climbing stores in Cape Town or direct from the publisher. To order direct from the publisher e-mail . The price is R185 excluding postage.

Access issues

The climbing is situated in the Limietberg reserve which is managed by Cape Nature. You MUST obtain a permit to climb at this area. Book permits by contacting their office in Rondebosch Cape Town and asking for a permit for the 'Hellfire trail' in the Limietberg reserve.

Cape Nature:

tel: 021 659 3500.

Permits can also be obtained at the Du Kloof resort (hotel) from the curio shop, useful if you decide to go on the spur of the moment and have not pre-booked permits.


1 - 1 ½ hour drive from the Cape Town. 40min walk up to crags.

Where to stay

The Du Kloof Resort offers a range of accommodation options.

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