|Castle Gorge, Magaliesberg

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 admin@jhbhiking.co.za
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.
 Accommodation 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.
 Child friendly Yes, though the walk in is long.
 Swimming Yes, some great spots both above and within the Gorge.
 Camp fires No.
 Other attractions A photographer’s delight.
 Dangers The area above the waterfall is slippery and dangerous, and accidents have occurred.
 Contacts Johannesburg Hiking Club. admin@jbhiking.co.za; tel: 078 885 6505 8:30am - 12:30 weekdays.

Message from our Chairman:

To all Mountain club members in Gauteng - please note that due to some attempted access to our properties during lockdown we would like to reiterate that access is suspended until relevant lockdown regulations deem it legal.  Currently, we suspect that this will only be in level 2 or 1 as both inter-provincial travels is required (Magaliesberg is largely in the North-West) and, more critically, hiking and climbing are not considered essential activities.

Your understanding is greatly appreciated.
Kind Regards
Stephen Hoffe

2 May 2020