Bobbejaan Krans

  • Grade context: SA


Bobbejaan kraans is on the Rooi Haas hiking trail towards devils chimney.


There are 19 bolted climbs here with grades varying from 15 to 28. The climbing is mostly short and bouldery. Some of the belay stances on the upper sections can be tricky and caution should be taken.

There are many Anchor only routes for trad but for those less experience can walk around and hang for top rope, has a few hidden gems but mostly short routes.

Access issues

Access is via the Thabella Thabeng Resort hiking route, loose rocks makes for a difficult hike and easy to slip or sprain an ankle. Entrance is R50 for member of a university club. Please pay the entrance fee and sign a waiver upon entrance.


Directions From Johannesburg take the N1 South and pass through the Grasmere Toll Plaza Approximately 60 km further take the Parys / Sasolburg turnoff to Parys (R59 to Parys 20 km). Don’t go through the Kroon Vaal Plaza Enter the Town and keep in the right lane Follow the Potchefstroom road signs At the robot (c/o Breë and Van Coller Streets) turn right and cross the Vaal River Proceed about 2 km and turn left on the R53 to Potchefstroom Travel 10 km and take the turn-off to Venterskroon Travel 10 km and Thabela Thabeng will be on your left

From Potchefstroom Take the Parys route(R53), follow route for 35.8km. Turn Left on gravel road after just passing the Police Station. Follow gravel route for 11km reaching Thabela Thabeng Resort on your left.

Where to stay

Thabele Thabeng Resort has affordable accommodating with friendly staff as well as camping facilities at the Old Imperial In about 4 km's up the road @ R50 per night.


NO FIRES are allowed.

• Carry out all waste. This is a high use area, treat peels etc. as non-disposable rubbish. We request that you inspect the area for rubbish before leaving, do not ignore other people’s litter, pick it up and carry it out.

• Take extreme caution when smoking. PACK OUT CIGARETTE ENDS

• Consider fellow climbers when relieving yourself. Respect other visitors.

• Do not throw or roll rocks off cliffs.

• In case of any accident / emergency call Potchefstroom Fire Brigade on 018 2995347 or MCSA Mountain Search and Rescue on 074 125 1385

• Where applicable, assist and encourage others to adhere to the above.


History timeline chart

The Vredefort crater is the largest verified impact crater on Earth, which left the area with a large amount of untapped potential for boulting. In and around the climbing area large piles of loose rock and man made caves can be found, that was made during the gold rush in the 1800's. The grater that it the earth lifted the gold from the bedrock and made it more accessible with time period tools.

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