|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.
|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:
|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:|
|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.|
|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.