|Kransberg, Waterberg, Limpopo Province

Brief summary of venue Kransberg offers good quality multi-pitch climbing at moderate grades. With routes of between 3 and 6 pitches long and grades from 11 to 22 it is a great place to hone your multi-pitch skills before heading off to Blouberg. The exposure is excellent, and the birdlife unrivalled. The cliffs can be a little cold in winter so the area is best visited in warmer months.
 Permit/ permission info Open to mountain club members. Contact the MCSA for directions and the latest access information.
Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg Three hours.
 Parking information Shady and secure parking available. The last 500m are off road but passable with a normal car.
 Info on walk in The walk in is steep, and for most sections without a path. Expect a little bush bashing and wear long pants. The hike to the base of the cliffs takes about an hour.
 Accommodation Car camping. Bring your own water for the campsite.
Availability of water for drinking None at the car park, but reliable year round water at the base of the cliffs.
 Climbing route guide The MCSA Johannesburg Section has published a route guide, which is available from them or from Drifters.
 Climbing information Kransberg has 85 routes between 3 and 6 pitches long. Grades range between 8 and 22, with many great routes between grades 15 and 18. The face climbing tends to be a little run-out. Descents are via gullies. No bolting is allowed.
 Child friendly Yes, at the campsite/ car park.
 Swimming No.
 Camp fires Yes.
 Other attractions A large vulture colony can be found nearby and it is common to see vultures, eagles and other raptors fly by while you are climbing – an experience not to be missed. Nearby game reserves offer side attractions if required.
 Dangers None.
 Contacts MCSA Jhb Section. e-mail: admin@jhb.mcsa.org.za Tel: 061 461 8259 (15h00-18h00 weekdays).
    • Message from National Search & Rescue:Notice regarding Mountain Rescue during the COVID-19 lockdown

      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.

      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.

      Thank you.
      MCSA Search & Rescue


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