Boulder Kloof, Magaliesberg

Name of venue Boulder Kloof, Magaliesberg

Information courtesy of Martin Bruning and Joffrey Hyman

Brief summary of venue  An offshoot kloof that branches off from Lower Tonquani, Boulder Kloof is a typical Magaliesberg kloof characterised by steep cliffs, and as its name suggests, massive, fallen boulders – making for striking scenery.  Climbs are generally of a high standard on good quality, steep rock but tend to be short.
Permit/ permission info Land owned by the MCSA, so open to MCSA members and guests (1 guest per member) otherwise permits are required. Contact the MCSA Jhb section

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Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg  1 – 1.5 hours.
Parking information Entry through Mountain Sanctuary Park

Safe Parking is available at Mountain Sanctuary Park, GPS: 25° 50.173′ S (25° 50′ 10″ S) 027° 28.564′ E (027° 28′ 33″ E).

Parking costs R40.00 per vehicle.

Non MCSA members also have to pay an entry fee of R100 per adult and R50 per child.

 

Entry through Calabash

Parking costs R40.00 per vehicle (members and non-members), payable to the Jhb MCSA office.

 

Entry through Utopia

Only MCSA members may park at Utopia, contact MCSA Jhb for details.  Parking costs R40.00 per vehicle.

Info on walk in  The walk in to the top of Boulder Kloof is over relatively easy terrain, and takes between 40 minutes to an hour.  Navigation can be difficult for first timers as the path isn’t well defined.  The walk down Boulder Kloof to Lower Tonquani/ Cedarberg Kloof is quite steep with big boulders, and takes about 20 minutes.
Accommodation  Camping is available at the top end of Boulder Kloof (no facilities available) otherwise Mountain Sanctuary Park has camping and chalets, as well as ablution facilities and a small shop selling cold drinks and ice-cream.
Availability of water for drinking  A large part of the kloof is dry with no running water; however, water is always available lower down the kloof near the Tonquani junction.
Climbing route guide The MCSA has published a guide, Rock Climbing Routes in the Tonquani Complex’, which includes Boulder Kloof.

Get the guide on our website here, under the “Routes” option.

Climbing information  Over 60 star graded trad climbs of various grades from 8 to 27.  Most climbs are a single pitch on good rock.  Descents are either by abseiling off a tree or walk offs. The kloof is shady.
Child friendly  Yes.
Swimming  There’s no swimming available in Boulder Kloof itself, but there are plenty of pools lower down the kloof and in Tonquani.  There’s also a large pool at the bottom end of Lower Tonquani that you pass walking in and out which is perfect for a cooling dip.
Camp fires  No.
Other attractions  A wide variety of birds, animals and plants; and fantastic opportunities for photographers and artists.
Dangers  The general area has had muggings, so be alert.
Contacts Entry through Calabash: Contact MCSA Jhb Section for permits and paying parking for Calabash. – Contact

Entry through Mountain Sanctuary Park: Their parking fee applies, and you still need permits from the MCSA . See their website: www.mountain-sanctuary.co.za.