|Brief summary of venue||Cedarberg Kloof is named after the unusual rock formations in the area that are reminiscent of those found in the Cape Cedarberg/ Rocklands area. The top end of the kloof is relatively flat, with lots of shade and a little stream, making it a great spot for children, while the further downstream one goes the steeper and more dramatic the terrain becomes.|
|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 Johannesburg Section for permits.- Contact email@example.com / 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 Mountian Sanctuary Park, GPS: 25° 50.173'S (25° 50' 10"S) 027° 28.564'E (027° 28' 33" E). Please see attachment below for access via Mountain Sanctuary Park. Entry through Calabash Parking costs R40 per vehicle (members and non-members), payable to theJhb MCSA office. Entry through Utopia Only MCSA members may park at Utopia, parking cost R40.00 per vehicle. contact MCSA Jhb for details.|
|Info on walk in||The walk in from Mountain Sanctuary Park to the MCSA campsite and descent via Grey Gully takes about 15 to 20 minutes. From here you can choose how far you want to walk down the kloof. Walking to where Cedarberg Kloof intersects Lower Tonquani/ Boulder Kloof takes another 30 to 45 minutes of steep and strenuous (but very scenic) walking down river. An alternative to walking down Cedarberg Kloof, especially if you want to climb on the longer cliffs near the bottom of the kloof, is to abseil down Frog Gully - which is opposite the climb Boggle. Note: Frog Gully is very steep and slippery, especially when wet.|
|Accommodation||The MCSA campsite is at the top end of Cedarberg Kloof above Grey Gully; there are no facilities apart from a cage to store food. Otherwise Mountain Sanctuary Park has camping and chalets, as well as ablution facilities and a small shop.|
|Availability of water for drinking||There’s water all year in the kloof, which is safe to drink.|
|Climbing route guide||The MCSA has published a route guide for Boulder Kloof, Cedarberg Kloof and Lower Tonquani, available on the "Routes" option on the home page, or here.|
|Climbing information||There are over 120 climbs in Cedarberg Kloof, mostly multi-pitch natural lines. The rock is generally good, especially at the lower end of the kloof near the intersection with Lower Tonquani, where routes of close to 100 metres high can be found. Grades vary from 5 to 30 with the bulk of the routes in the 17-20 range. Climbs on the true right tend to be the most sustained.|
|Child friendly||The upper section near Grey Gully is flat and shady with a stream that children can play in. The walk down Cedarberg Kloof is steep and strenuous so suitable for older children.|
|Swimming||Yes, lower down the kloof.|
|Other attractions||Crystal clear pools to swim in lower down the kloof, a wide variety of birds, animals and plants and beautiful scenery to inspire 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 : firstname.lastname@example.org ; 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.|
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