Our Mission Statement: 
The Johannesburg Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa actively fosters and facilitates mountaineering. This incorporates climbing, trekking, mountain walking and related activities, and promoting fellowship between people with these interests who are committed to the conservation of mountain areas.

Castle Gorge

Name of venue

Castle Gorge, Magaliesberg

Some information courtesy of Andrew Porter

Brief summary of venue

Castle Gorge is a hidden gem for hikers, featuring beautiful waterfalls, crystal clear pools and weathered rock formations that are great for swimming and photographing.  There are also a few good trad climbs for die-hard climbers.

Permit/ permission info

Paid-up MCSA members do not need permits. All non-members need to apply for permits to the Johannesburg Hiking Club (JHC). JHC will also supply directions and gate codes.


Allow three days before your weekend outing for EFT payments to clear and emails to arrive.

- Contact

Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg

One hour.

Parking information

Shady and secure parking available.

Info on walk in

While the walk in to Castle Gorge is one of the longest, it’s also one of the most beautiful.  A fairly steep walk from the car (with plenty of shade to rest under) levels onto a sunny plateau before dropping into the Gorge.   The path is excellent which makes the going relatively easy and as such the hike can still be done in a comfortable hour.  The final descent into the Gorge is a little tricky and exposed.


Plenty of beautiful camping spots available next to the stream and pools.

Availability of water for drinking

Plenty of water available.

Climbing route guide

The MCSA Johannesburg Section has published a route guide of the rock climbs, available on our website here.

Climbing information

Castle Gorge has 23 trad routes between 30 to 45 metres long ranging between grades 7 to 23.  A few of the routes are star graded and very worthwhile doing. Descents are via gullies.

Lunch spots

Plenty of beautiful pools to picnic next to.

Child friendly

Yes, though the walk in is long.


Yes, some great spots both above and within the Gorge.

Camp fires


Other attractions

A photographer’s delight.


The area above the waterfall is slippery and dangerous, and accidents have occurred.


Johannesburg Hiking Club, see details at Contact



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