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Botshabelo

  • Grade context: SA
  • Photos: 60
  • Ascents: 33
  • Aka: Middelburg

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Summary

Botshabelo is a bouldering area located just outside Middelburg. The best bouldering spot within a decent distance of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Description

The rebirth of Gauteng bouldering after the loss of the great "Ezemvelo". Botshabelo is located just outside of Middelburg. We have no idea who is in charge of this place but rumors suggest the land was part of the "land Claim" act. The guys seem super friendly and open to climbers and happy to see some business coming in.

In terms of safety it seems good. However it is still South Africa so be careful. Don't leave valuables in the car and stay vigilant. This is important as popularity for the area grows.

In summer this area might just be unbearable but winter will offer some decent temps. The rock is amazing for climbing! If the area had more bigger boulders it would even compete with the big boys! A great place to learn about outdoor bouldering and to make your skin thick.

R25 cash per person to get through the main gate.

Access issues

Access seems good for now.

Make sure you load the map on your phone before you enter the area. Signal is quite spotty and you'll be lost without it.

Take some money with. Sometimes you'll have to pay R25 entry.

Approach

Park your car next to the graveyard and follow the path. If you have a 4x4 you could potentially park right next to the area. (be careful though)

Where to stay

No official best place to stay but Middelburg offers accommodation in abundance as well as some potential surrounding campsites. Staying in town is the best bet for quick access though.

Ethic

When opening new lines please take a picture and update the guide. This way we can share the psych! Breaking loose rock is acceptable for safety reasons. If you find a good line you can do some "gardening" but be reasonable. (nothing unnecessary).

History

History timeline chart

The first boulders were opened in 2013 and uploaded onto the crag (absolute legends)(if it wasn't for them we would never have known)(if you ever read this, thank you). This is how it was later found and when more development took place.

Areas

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Graveyard area boulder field
13
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Monolith boulder field
17
5
14
The Ark boulder field
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15
8
The Mines boulder field
6
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Blockbuster sector boulder field
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3
6
Gully sector boulder field
6
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OG sector boulder field
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