|Brief summary of venue||With soaring cliffs, cascading waterfalls, crystal clear pools and majestic old trees through which the sun dapples, Upper Tonquani is considered by many as the most beautiful and spectacular of all Magaliesberg kloofs.|
|Permit/ permission info||The land is owned by the MCSA, so is open to MCSA members and guests (1 guest per member), The MCSA has a servitude to access Upper Tonquani from the south, which goes through Askari Game Reserve - members only, (old Bertrams). The access code to the gate can be obtained from the MCSA administrator. Alternatively, walk in from Mountain Sanctuary Park or Calabash. Get permits from MCSA Johannesburg Section for the latter (MSP/Calabash). - Contact: 061 461 8259 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg||The Southern access takes about 1 hour including a few kilometres on dirt road. The Northern / Mountain Sanctuary Park access takes about 1.5 hours via Breedtsnek (the road is in very bad condition so a 4x4 is strongly recommended), or 2 hours via Buffelspoort Dam.|
|Parking information||Parking at Askari Game Reserve is safe, contact the MCSA for details - members only. 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||The Southern walk in takes about 1 hour 15 mins, and is strenuous but not severe or technical. The Northern/ Mountain Sanctuary Park walk in takes about an hour and is also strenuous but not severe or technical.|
|Accommodation||Camping, with no facilities, is available on the cliffs overlooking Upper Tonquani. There’s no water available here, so you need to get water from the kloof. 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, Rock Climbing Routes in the Tonquani Complex’, which is available from them; otherwise there’s an online guide at: http://www.saclimb.co.za/magaliesberg/uppertonquani.html|
|Climbing information||Upper Tonquanihas over 150 trad climbs of all grades, including a range of easy climbs, many of which are considered classics. Most climbs are multi-pitch, with descents via gullies or abseiling off trees. The rock is generally excellent and the views spectacular. As the kloof is wide and sunny, it is relatively warm even on cold winter days.|
|Child friendly||While the walk can be long for a child, it’s certainly possible.|
|Swimming||Yes, most definitely.|
|Camp fires||Stricktly NO fires.|
|Other attractions||Great wild camping in the quiet; superb birdlife, including Black Eagles and plenty of hiking opportunities. People often go kloofing all the way to Mountain Sanctuary Park, via the Help-help pool and Lower Tonquani.|
|Dangers||Safety has not been an issue as the kloof is generally well protected from vagrants/thieves as it is quite far from the lower parts that have seen crime. The access traverse above the Help-Help Pool between Upper and Lower Tonquani is over polished rock and hazardous to inexperienced parties.|
|Contacts||MCSA Jhb Section -Contact 061 461 8259 (weekdays 3-6pm) or email@example.com ; MountainSanctuary Park: Tel: 014 534 0114, 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