|Brief summary of venue||With no steep walk-ins and a waterfall, Easterkloof is a beautiful and accessible hiking kloof in the Magaliesberg. IT IS PRIVATELY OWNED. The kloof, which got its name as the first time the MCSA held a meet there was over the Easter weekend, offers a range of hikes of various lengths through a beautiful gorge along the stream bed.|
|Permit/ permission info||Contact Mr Mark Barlow for further information (see bottom of page)|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||1.5 hours.|
|Parking information||Parking is available on Francois Junod’s farm; there have been no break-in incidents to date. A parking fee is payable.|
|Info on walk in||The amount of time taken to walk in depends on your level of fitness and how far you plan to go. The start of the walk is relatively easy but becomes harder the further you choose to hike.|
|Accommodation||None available; Easterkloof is a day venue.|
|Availability of water for drinking||Plenty of water as the walk follows the stream up the kloof.|
|Climbing route guide||No climbing available.|
|Climbing information||No climbing available.|
|Child friendly||Dependent on child’s ability to walk. More suited to children 12 years and older.|
|Camp fires||NO FIRES PERMITTED AT ALL.|
|Other attractions||A wide variety of birds, animals and plants, beautiful scenery and a waterfall.|
|Contacts||Mr Mark Barlow email: email@example.com; / tel: 014 574 4446 or 082 456 6252|
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