Rock Climbing in Howick Falls, Howick Town,
KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
Howick is a town, situated in the uMgungundlovu District of KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. The town is at 1050 m/3444 ft above sea level, and at about 88 km/54 mi from the port city of Durban. The city enjoys warm summers and cool dry winters. A snappy chill descends upon Howick when snow falls on the nearby Drakensberg. The town is located on the N3 freeway, connecting it with the rest of South Africa.
In just 5 minutes walk, there is the majestic 100 m/340 ft Howick waterfall, which is easily accessible, offering an epic rock climbing adventure to the more adventurous climbers.
Graded between 15 and 27 and classified as moderate to hard, the spot is not suitable for children. The climbing here is vertical with slightly overhanging. with 20 routes amongst the grades. Due to the loose rocks, it is advisable to wear helmets and since the presence of waterfalls makes it hard for one to be heard, it is useful to work out a system of ropes or hand signals or carry a cellphone or radio so as to communicate in case of an emergency.