Permits and Huts

The MCSA owns a number of huts around the country, the JHB section owns the Wolkberg hut.  For info about other huts around the country and access to them, please contact the administrator.

Wolkberg Hut
The JHB section owns a small property and hut in the Wolkberg Wilderness Area near Tzaneen. The hut is awesomely situated next to a stream with pool and magnificent view of the so-called 4 sisters, with Serala (2050m) dominating the horizon. The hut has a special charm with members returning there year after year. Possibly it is because of the rustic nature of the hut, the ambience and the good memories one brings home.

The hut is only available to members of the MCSA and their guests. 1 member may take 4 guests.

More info on Wolkberg here

Bookings through the MCSA JHB Section Administrator – Contacts

The MCSA owns, partly owns or administers various properties in the Magaliesberg and other areas. The areas below are open to non-members who have applied and paid for permits in advance.

Please make sure when booking and paying for a permit, that you allow sufficient time for Proof of Payment and office staff to issue the permit.  Cut off time for permits issued by the JHB Section for the weekend is 4pm on the preceding Friday.

Please see which organisation to contract for which area as per below:-

Upper Tonquani, Lower Tonquani, Cedarberg, Boulder Kloofs
Tonquani is probably one of best known and awesome kloofs in the Magaliesberg. Not only does it have memorable trad climbing routes, it is also a cool place to hike, chill out, drink tea and swim. The MCSA administers the Tonquani complex which consists of Upper and Lower Tonquani, Boulder and Cedarberg Kloofs.

Access for non-members is via Mountain Sanctuary Park or Calabash.

More information about Upper Tonquani here, Lower Tonquani here, Cedarberg here and Boulderkloof here.

Permits available from MCSA JHB Section Administrator – Contacts

A trad climber’s crack climbing dream, combined with lovely camping, a gigantic pool in the Wilge River, swimming, some hiking, slack line bolts near a cascade and the chance to try out deep water soloing (DWS). A bit east of Bronkhorst Spruit. Previously seen as a winter-only trad venue, but great for summer morning trad climbs combined with DWS, slack-lining and swimming in summer.

More information here.

Permits available from the MCSA Magaliesberg Section – Contact

Another excellent kloof with good climbing, walking and kloofing.

More information about Grootkloof here

Permits available from the MCSA Magaliesberg Section – Contact

One of the western-most properties in the Magaliesberg, offers the keen climber good challenges and a cool camp site.

More information about Mhlabatini here

Permits available from MCSA Jhb Section – Contact

Castle Gorge
Beautiful kloof, especially good for hiking and moderate climbing and an excellent pool.

More information about Castle Gorge here

Permits available from Johannesburg Hiking Club – Contact

Dome Pools
Probably the easiest child-friendly wilderness day hike in the Magaliesberg. Not much shade, but a nice undulating journey to a lovely set of sun-warmed pools.

Permits available from the MCSA Magaliesberg Section – Contact

More information about Dome Pools here

    • Message from National Search & Rescue:Notice regarding Mountain Rescue during the COVID-19 lockdown

      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.

      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.

      Thank you.
      MCSA Search & Rescue


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