Lower Tonquani Kloof, Magaliesberg

Name of venue Lower Tonquani Kloof, Magaliesberg

Information courtesy of Dave Taylor

Brief summary of venue  Lower Tonquani is a beautiful, long kloof with crystal clear pools, shady spots and classic climbs congregated around the lower section of the kloof near the Cedarberg Kloof/ Tonquani/ Boulder Kloof junction.
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.

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Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg  1 – 1.5 hours.
Parking information  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).  Please see attachment below for access via Mountain Sanctuary Park.
Info on walk in There are various ways to walk into Lower Tonquani, including:

  • Cedarberg Kloof: This is strenuous, steep but very scenic walk, taking between 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Abseiling down Frog Gully: Frog Gully is near the bottom end of Cedarberg Kloof, but be careful as it is very steep and slippery, especially when wet.  Takes about 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Boulder Kloof: The walk in to the top of Boulder Kloof is over relatively easy terrain, and takes between 40 minutes to an hour.  The walk down Boulder Kloof to Lower Tonquani/ Cedarberg Kloof isquite steep with big boulders, taking another 20 minutes.
Accommodation  Camping is available at the top end of Cedarberg Kloof at the top of Grey Gully – no facilities available apart from a cage to store food. 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  There’s water all year in the kloof, which is safe to drink.
Climbing route guide The MCSA has published a route guide, Rock Climbing Routes in the Tonquani Complex’, which is available from them; otherwise there’s an online guide at:

www.saclimb.co.za/magaliesberg/lowertonq.html

Climbing information  This is a long section of the kloof with over 120 trad routes on excellent rock. The climbs are mostly multi-pitch with a range of grades from 7 to 26, including a number of classic climbs of all grades. Some 90 metre and longer climbs, with superb views, can be found in the area where Cedarberg Kloof intersects Tonquani.
Child friendly  Yes, if 12 years and up as the walk in is long, and can be tricky – with steep sections, pools to boulder hop and wade and boulders to navigate.
Swimming  Yes.
Camp fires  No.
Other attractions  Crystal clear pools to swim in, a wide variety of birds, animals and plants and beautiful scenery to inspire photographers and artists. Kloofing from Upper to Lower Tonquani is a great way to explore the kloof – but be very careful when negotiating the traverse above the Help-Help Pool (which separated Tonquani) as the rock is extremely slippery.
Dangers The general area has had muggings, so be alert.

The accessfrom Upper to Lower Tonquani using the traverse above the Help-Help Pool is overpolished rock and hazardous to inexperienced parties.

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