|Brief summary of venue||Crag is on private property north of Pretoria off the Moloto Road. Various grades from 10-24. Also some bouldering.|
|Permit/ permission info||All climbers must sign in at Mutango Lodge and pay entrance fees before proceeding to crags. Current cost R50 per person.|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||Approx 1 hour. Take the N1 North, turn off at the Zambezi drive toll plaza, currently R720. Turn right, (east) towards Cullinan. Turn left at the first robot after the highway on-ramp, which is the road towards Moloto. Continue for 24.9km, you'll clearly see the rock face and the entrance to Mutango lodge on your right hand side. Enter the roadside gate and drive a couple of hundred meters towards the second gate & guard which is clearly visible from the first gate.|
|Parking information||Park at the base of the cliffs. Entrance is on left hand side before main entrance. Visitors must report to reception first.|
|Info on walk in||Walk-in can be a little overgrown, but fairly easy. Takes about 10 minutes.|
|Accommodation||Accommodation can be arranged at the lodge, where there are chalets and camping.|
|Availability of water for drinking||There is no water at the crags.|
|Climbing route guide||This venue is currently closed. See below See Climb ZA: http://www.climbing.co.za/wiki/index.php?title=Bobbejaans_Berg|
|Swimming||There is a swimming pool at the lodge.|
|Other attractions||Some walking trails around the tops of the crags. Lodge arranges host of corporate and team building events|
|Dangers||Usual. Some of the rock can be loose.|
|Contacts||http://mutangolodge.co.za/ Old Moloto Rd R573, Boekenhoutskloof Pretoria GPS: S 25 32.294′ E 28 27.554′ Lodge: (+27) 79 349 2898 Head Office: (+27) 11 662 2807 Fax: (+27) 86 623 4190|
We are all aware how Public Health guidelines have urged the public to 'flatten the curve' of the COVID-19 virus, and our President's announcement of lockdown is a welcomed show of courageous leadership that South Africa needs at this time.
The Mountain Club of SA's Search and Rescue teams support this approach categorically.
WE URGE THE PUBLIC:
1) If engaging in some last minute pursuits this week, please engage in ultra-low-risk activities only. Please also respect closures already in place by SAN Parks and Ezemvelo.
2) Please respect the lockdown unconditionally.
Because it is the right thing to do.
...and accidents do happen, no matter how expert you think you may be.
The MCSA's search and rescue team make themselves available because we believe in the value of responsible enjoyment of the wilderness, and in supporting our outdoor colleagues and community.
Where life and limb is at stake, our members may still come to your aid.
HOWEVER, during this crisis:
- Healthcare infrastructure must be reserved for only the most critical, necessary cases.
- Your own exposure to the virus will be significantly higher while being rescued and receiving healthcare.
- Our search and rescue volunteers are not 'essential healthcare workers'. Don't be selfish!
If our members must respond to a call-out during the lockdown period, they invalidate their and their family's quarantine activities during this critical time and that may have an impact on their ability to return to work.
- S&R response may in fact be limited - our approach to incident management will be to coach and support self-rescue, or to send minimum-team responses.
We look forward to a time soon where we can all enjoy our wilderness and natural areas together, assured of the safety and well being of our loved ones at home.
MCSA Search & Rescue