|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 - Contact firstname.lastname@example.org / tel: 061 461 8259 weekdays 3 - 6pm|
|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.|
|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.|
|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; Entry through Mountain Sanctuary Park: Their parking and access fees apply, and you still need permits from the MCSA . See their website: www.mountain-sanctuary.co.za. Contact email for MCSA JHB: email@example.com|
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