There have been a lot of rumours and questions about our future in Observatory. Today, we finally signed a lease on a building in Paarden Eiland, which will become the new CityROCK in Cape Town.

The building is huge. 3,600 m2, which will eclipse our new Johannesburg branch by almost 1,000 m2.

Johannesburg took a year to build, and the new Cape Town facility will take about the same amount of time. Construction starts in February, after the December builders’ holidays, when we will raise the roof from 11.5m to 16m. This will accommodate two IFSC 15 m speed walls. It will give Capetonians two years to train for Tokyo 2020!

Paarden Eiland

New Paarden Eiland Location:

We will be moving to Milner Road, Northern part of Paarden Eiland. The new location is seven km from the Cape Town CBD, about the same distance as Obz is. The old Obz facility will be closed down.

Some people have questioned Paarden Eiland as a location. We would have preferred to stay in our current neighbourhood, which has worked great for us for 14 years. Unfortunately buildings of this size and height with lots of safe parking don’t exist around here.

Paarden Eiland Location

The new CityROCK 2.0 by the numbers:

  • Building size 3,600 m2 (about 3x the current gym and 900 m2 bigger than Johannesburg).
  • Roped climbing up to 16 m high.
  • 1,000 m2 floor area of high climbing walls, with 150 top anchors.
  • 750 m2 floor area of bouldering.
  • Two 15m IFSC speed wall routes.
  • Ten Auto Belays.
  • 30,000 grips.
  • A dedicated kids climbing area, for birthday parties and kids programs.
  • 370 m2 of cardio, weights and fitness.
  • 80 m2 of system, campus, moon, hang, peg, compression and Pluto boards.
  • Over 100 safe and secure parking bays.
  • 250 m2 gear shop, almost double our current size.
  • 100 m2 yoga studio, four times current size.


Now Hiring:

Mike Behr/Wild Exposure will build the facility again, like Johannesburg. (Mike is one of the owners of CityROCK). Mike doesn’t want to send an army down from Pretoria, so we are looking for local welders and carpenters to help build this world-class facility. We are also looking for a new General Manager for this world-class facility. Send your CV to

The count-down is on.

– Robert Breyer, Trish Breyer, Charles Edelstein and Mike Behr