The MCSA (specifically the Johannesburg and Magaliesberg Sections) owns and manages several of the magnificent kloofs that had formed on the northern slopes of the Magaliesberg. The MCSA manages its properties for utilisation by MCSA members and the public, whilst maintaining the wilderness character of these properties and allowing natural processes to continue unhindered. The MCSA believes that club members and members of the public should enjoy access to the MCSA’s properties because these properties are a part of South Africa’s shared natural heritage. The MCSA acts as a custodian of these properties on behalf of all South Africans. Club activities include club evenings, hiking, rock climbing, national events, conservation and expeditions. READ MORE >>

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    The Edge   -  a Sedgefield paper   CXPress - Plettenberg Bay paper   CXPress - by Greg Devine on his Fonteintjiesberg trip Read more

Tonquani & Cedarberg access via MSP

Dear MCSA Members, Following the loss of our access to our properties via the Mountain Sanctuary Park (MSP) office earlier this year, we are pleased to announce that access will be... Read more

1-2-5...CLIMB! 08 - 10 - 2016

The Mountain Club of South Africa has celebrated its 125th birthday on 8 October 2016. Many members and friends have joined in climbing at least 125 routes, hills and peaks; especially... Read more

125 Year Anniversary Buffs SOLD OUT

We at the MCSA Magaliesberg Section would like to say "THANK YOU" to all MCSA members who purchased a limited special edition 125 year anniversary original buff to commemorate this... Read more

To all stakeholders in the Amphitheatre

The stakeholder meeting to discuss the plan going forward is scheduled for the 31st of May 2016 at the Royal Natal Education Centre at 10h00. We would welcome all shareholders... Read more

MSP access arrangements terminated

Dear Members, We regrettably have to inform you that the MCSA’s access through the Mountain Sanctuary Park office and their rest-camp has been terminated from 29th March 2016. This means that... Read more

Erelidmaatskap - Otti Neser

Erelidmaatskap van die Afdeling Magaliesberg is op 8 Maart by die AJV aan Otti Neser toegeken vir haar vir haar uitmuntende diens aan die Bergklub op vele terreine, veral Grond en... Read more

Patrolling list for 2016

This draft list for 2016 was compiled listing members who made a choice to patrol. Click here to download >> Fanie, the administrator, will send out reminders, maps & instructions. Members are listed... Read more

Work meet dates for 2016

Click here to download the latest work meet dates for 2016.   Read more

Parking at Calabash

For members who are not aware, the MCSA has three main access routes to Tonquani / Cedarberg / Boulderkloof from the north.  These are listed below.  (i) Calabash. East of Mountain Sanctuary Park... Read more

Members' chance to contribute to conserv…

Reuben is currently busy developing a field guide to "Trees of the Magaliesberg" for the MCSA Magaliesberg Section through the Richard Watmough Fund.   He is taking photos of trees for the... Read more

Magaliesberg Biosfeer goedgekeur

Danksy mense soos Paul Fatti, Vinent Carruthers en Kevin Gill se baie harde werk. Release by the Magaliesberg Biosphere Initiative Group - “Fantastic news!!!!! After nearly a decade of lobbying and sustained... Read more

Congratulations Bernie! Nightjar Adventu…

Congratulation to Bernie Theron who was voted Nightjar Adventurer 2015 for his Solo walk across Iceland. Read more on http://www.nightjartravel.com/magazine/bernie-theron Read more

Blouberg - highest trees in South Africa

The highest trees in South Africa are on Blouberg. Nipper Thompson was on the Blouberg with tree climbers from Stellenbosch, and they climbed two of the large yellow woods. They measured 40.15m... Read more

Tonquani South: Change in access details

There has been a change of personnel at Askari Game Lodge and Mr Ian van der Vyver should no longer be contacted before you access Tonquani from the south.  Please... Read more

MCSA Vision - 2015

The MCSA Johannesburg Section and possibly the National MCSA are at a crossroad. Read the feedback report on an open debate which took place at the Johannesburg section in July. Click... Read more

Watmough Book Tender

Dr Richard Watmough, an entomologist and long-standing member of the Magaliesberg Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa, bequeathed his collection of rare and valuable books to the Magaliesberg... Read more

Don't miss out...

Wilderness First Aid Courses

17 -19 February The Wilderness First Aid Level 1 Course (Centurion 17-19 Feb 17) not only includes the topics typically taught on a standard urban and work place first aid course (e.g... Read more

Club evening: Safety on steep ground

21 February The practical of this training will be at 25-27 February in Grootkloof. Both the theory and the practical training will be facilitated by Robert Cromarty. rdcromarty@telkomsa.net Read more

Klipkuile Klouter en Fietsry 

3-5 March Waterberg area, near Mokopane. Klipkuile is a Bush camp on the edge of the Sterkrivier river. 30km worth of Jeep tracks for mountain biking and running. Rocky pools below... Read more

Boulder & Braai

5 March  Boulder Cave, Silverton. RSVP to Eddie Harvey 083 259 0542 (c). harveyhe@iafrica.com Read more

Boekenhoutkloof Weeding

12 March Bugweed and Lantana. Contact Danie Hoffman - daniebksa@gmail.com Read more

Makgabeng Plateau Meet

17-21 March  Makgabeng is a plateau south of Blouberg in Limpopo. It's the Blouberg's unknown cousin, but deserves to be further explored, as it is an almost unspoilt area that... Read more


18-21 March Roete: Injisuthi – Marmerbaddens, Maalsteengrotte en terug na Injisuthikamp. Gematigde stap en geskik vir persone wat nie voorheen oornagroetes in die berg gestap het nie. Moeiliheidgradering: 3. Persone wat... Read more


18-21 March RSVP to Kendall Smith and send phone number with RSVP to get added to whatsapp group for all info.  kendall.bluerae@gmail.com Read more

Cathedral Peak 

27 April – 1 Mei Roete: Didimakamp (Cathedral Peak) – Orrelpyppas –Windsorkasteel (Lesotho) –Tlanyakupas – Cathedral Peak. Ekstreemstap en vorige oornagstap in die Drakensberg sal ‘n aanbeveling wees. Moeiliheidgradering: 4... Read more

Club evening - Reunion island

Date: Tuesday, 15 November Maria Simitopoulos represented the MCSA Magalies Section on this hike in Reunion Island. Be ready to hear the most amazing stories of dangerous volcanic tunnels and breathtakingly... Read more

Year-end function - Wilgepoort

Vleisbraai, stap en klim, wyndrink en saamsing op Saterdagaand     Braai, hike and climbing, wining and dining and singsong on Saturday evening. If you are going, contact Pierre Lourens, 012 654 6366 (h), 072 207... Read more

Weeding - Dome (25 Sept)

Another extra weeding day at Dome needed before crofton seeds fly all over the place! Sun 25 Sept - please come and help if at all possible. Members who have not contributed a... Read more

Youth Hiking (24-25 Sept)

Kings Trails, Mpumalanga. All welcome. Stephan Isebeck 082 903 0327, stephani@rapidm.com Read more

Dome Piekestap (8-9 Oct)

Contact Pierre Lourens  pierre.lourens@vodamail.co.za Read more

Sederbergkloof sing-song, climbing and h…

Date: 14- 15 October Contact  Pierre, pierre.lourens@vodamail.co.za   Read more

Senotwan 1963 - 2016

Now a 1-2-5-climb! Trad climbers wanted - alive! 8 October  While climbing at 'The Prow" north of Hanglip in December 1963 a few Explo members were excited to see to the... Read more

Weeding day (extra) at Boekenhoutkloof

Date: 17 July After a long discussion with Working for Water last Wednesday [a WfW team was to take over Boekenhoutkloof and Dome] we realised that the MCSA would need to... Read more

Club evening - Dragonflies

Datum: 26 July JP (Lappies) Labuschagne gaan op Dinsdagaand 26 Julie ‘n aanbieding lewer oor naaldekokers en waterjuffers. Kennis van hierdie kleurryke en interessante insekte sal jou stap- en klimtoere inkleur. Die... Read more

Indië langs bergpasse in die Himalayas

Datum: Klub Aand - Dinsdag 16 Augustus Klubhuis 19h00 vir 19h30.    Kees van Dijkhorst gaan ‘n DVD vertoon wat hy self gemaak het oor sy toer deur Indië langs bergpasse in die... Read more

National Meet (Mini Camp)

Date: 2016: 30 Sep - 9 October The MCSA is 125 years old this year and will be hosting a 125-year Anniversary National Meet in the Southern Cederberg. Come celebrate with us... Read more

Path restoration Castle Gorge

Date: 31 July The new footpath up to Castle Gorge needs some touching up before it becomes a problem. Some sharp and eager helpers would be most welcome.  Leader to be appointed... Read more

Youth sport climbing Waterval Boven

Date: 6-9  August Will include Lost Crag of the Century & Security Morne vd Linde 072 636 2779 mornevdl@gmail.com Read more

Wilgepoort Jhb joint meet

Date: 11-12 June Joint meet of Magaliesberg and Johannesburg Sections, as well as joint meeting of committees of Magaliesberg and Johannesburg Sections. Hiking, climbing, and Sing-song around campfire on Saturday evening. Leader: Pierre Lourens, 012 654... Read more

Wolkberg - 15-19 Junie

Die beplanning is om Woensdag omtrent 16:00 uit Pretoria te vertrek en dan tot by die hut te ry.  Sondagoggend sal ons so teen 12:00 by die hut vertrek.  Dit... Read more

Climbing at Wit Umfolozi

Date: 16-19 June Contact Henk Apello on 083 480 9971 (W)0114083557 or slowlaner@gmail.com <mailto:slowlaner@gmail.com> A visit to the White Umfolozi River offers numerous attractions, including over 100 sport and 150 trad... Read more

2016 July Camp at Lotheni

Last year, at Highmoor, the Committee received two repeated requests;   ·  that we get the notices out earlier and ·  that we move the Camp later in the school... Read more

Die Makgabeng plato 17 Mei

Klub aand - 17 Mei Reuben Heydenrych raporteer oor hierdie asemrowende plato suid van Blouberg. Read more

Trad Climbing - Upper Tonquani

Date:  23-24 April Contact Leader: Morne van der Linde 072 636 2779 mornevdl@gmail.com Read more

Weeding Tonquani North 17 April

Crofton weed - climbers needed. Contact Otti Neser 082 451 9582 or ocneser@gmail.com   Read more

Climbing Mlhabatini 9-10 April

Contact Leader: Sarel van Rensburg junior  - 073 799 8346 or sarelpetrus@gmail.com Read more

Formal Dinner on Amphitheatre

Date: 23-24 AprilI want to do a formal dinner on the Amphitheater Drakensberg on weekend of 23/24 April. Gents: suit and tie, ladies: evening dresses. Be as fancy as you like:... Read more

Earth Hour 2016

Date: Evening of 19 March  If you have not heard about Earth Hour before go to https://www.earthhour.org/celebrating-earth-hour and find out ;-) Please celebrate with family and friends!!  Read more

Trad Climbing Kransberg

Date: 19-21 March Contact Robert Cromarty 082 445 6559 rdcromarty@telkomsa.net Read more

Sport climbing Waterval Boven

Date: 25-28 March  Contact Andrew Louw: 082 929 3169 andrew1louw@gmail.com Read more

Mnweni hike 25-28 March

Hiking Mnweni area Natal Drakensberg  Contact Robert Cromarty 082 445 6559 rdcromarty@telkomsa.net Read more

Kloofing down Olifants river gorge

Date: 25-28 March Sekororo, Transvaal Drakensberg. Annual joint meet of Northern Sections of the MCSA. Organised by Jhb Section. Contact Sarel van Rensburg junior (Magaliesberg Afdeling) 073 799 8346 (c) sarelpetrus@gmail.com Read more

Piekestap 2-7 Mei

n Piekestap word beplan vir 2-7 Mei 2016 vanaf Injasuti na Mafadi piek (hoogste punt in SA) na Thaba Ntlenyana piek (hoogstepunt in Lesotho) en terug met Sanipas af. Belanstellendes... Read more

Grootkloof weeding

Date: 14 February Eradication of Senna & others. Contact Otti Neser 082 451 9582 ocneser@gmail.com Climbers also still needed for weeding meets 17 April and 10-11 October   Read more

Sport Climbing Youth Meet at Mt Everest

The MCSA Youth meet will be held at Mount Everest Mt Everest Guest Farm near Harrismith over the following days: Friday, 29th April, departing 15h00 from CSIR South gate in Meiring... Read more

Blouberg BMC-MCSA Trad Exchange

Date: 4-7 March Many moons (~15 years) ago, the MCSA and the British Mountaineering Council (BMC) held an exchange trad-climbing meet in which knowledge was shared, muscles were bared, beers were... Read more


Klubaand - 23 Februarie deur Braam van Wyk  Kontak Frik Stegmann 012 529 8279 frik.stegmann@gmail.com vir meer informasie Read more

Nieu-Seeland te voet

Join us for the club evening on 9 February when Johann Bredell will be telling us about his hiking adventure to New Zealand's South Island. From the lush green forests... Read more

Bring en braai en vrugtefees

Datum: 12 Januarie Kom verkeer sosiaal met ander lede van die Magaliesberg Afdeling. Kom ontmoet lede wat jy nog nie ken nie. Kom vertel van jou eie avonture verlede... Read more

First weeding weekend of the year

Where? Castle GorgeWhen? 9-10 January  Our main target is pompom weed - they are already starting to flower! A great start for the year as the Magaliesberg is at its best with... Read more

Year-end function at Wilgepoort

Date: 5-6 December Order your Sing Song books for this event also from Petrus treasurer@mag.mcsa.org.za R45 a copy. Read more

Surgical sterilization of the African el…

Club evening - 24 November Join us for an interesting talk on the surgical sterilization of the African elephant by Frik Stegmann. Read more

Grootkloof kloofing

Date: 28-29 November  Depart: Saturday Morning. Camping overnight. Kloofing on Sunday.  Contact Petrus Nel (c) 082 578 9115 Read more

The new Banff Mountain Film Festival mov…

The Magalies Section has made a block booking for 50 people. Date: 27 October Time: 20:00 at Brooklyn mall.  We’ll meet before the film at around 18:30 for drinks and/or dinner. Price... Read more

Magaliesberg Wonderboom to Waverley Hike

Date: 25 October “Friends of the Magalies” will take us on their hiking / cycle trail and
show us the work they are busy with. Experience the Maglies in the city!
Bring a picnic... Read more

Public lecture - Homo naledi

Public lecture by Dr Francois Durand of the Department of Zoology, University of Johannesburg. Venue: Laerskool Pretoria-Oos (Pretoria-East Primary school)After care center209 Roper StreetHatfield Date: Thursday 22 October 2015.Time: 19h00 (Come early to ensure that you... Read more

Caving and the fossils of Homo naledi

Club evening - 29 September Following up from last week’s talk on the Early inhabitants of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve by Vincent Carruthers, Steven Tucker tackles the Homo naledi... Read more

Wilgepoort Hiking & Family Weekend

Date: 7-10 August Contact Petrus Nel 012 420 5983 (w) 082 578 9115 (c) nelpj@nel-tax.co.za Read more

Youth meet - Waterval Boven

There is a youth meet to Waterval Boven this week over the long week-end (7-10 Aug), leaving Friday 15h30 CSIR, coming back Monday 17h00.  Anyone welcome, not only the youth... Read more

Waterval Boven (joint meet Jhb)

Date: 23 -27 September  We will be leaving from the CSIR AT 15h30 on Wednesday the 23rd of September and come back at 17h00 on Sunday the 27th of September Magalies meet leader... Read more

Northern Tibesti – seeing the sun rise o…

Club Evening - 4 August Karen’s lifelong ambition is to summit the highest peak in each of the 54 African countries. She recently travelled 3,615 km through the Sahara Desert, one... Read more

Members' Stories

1-2-5 Climb! Schoenmaker’s Kop

With the peak registered--Schoenmaker’s Kop [+- 500’] after Mafadi [+- 11,000’]--what now remained as a major challenge was putting together a party of seasoned climbers, to make up the team. Dot... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! Drakensbergen

In mijn planning van mijn vakantie in Zuid Afrika, had ik ook een bezoek aan de Drakensbergen geboekt. Mijn herinneringen van ongeveer 20 jaar terug, waren nog zeer levendig! Toen bezochten... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! Gough Island

Gough Island: South Rowett (836 m), Central Rowett (823 m), North Rowett (811 m), West Rowett (804 m)Low Hump and Albatross Plain with Ediburgh Peak in the distance. Gough Island in... Read more

1-2-5- Climb! Table Mountain B…

A lovely long hike at TM's Back Table, instead of 3 Peaks in Cape Point The weather on Thursday 6 October was really bad at Cape Point, where the Meet was... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! Highest Point in …

The Thursday Group, retired Johannesburg & Magaliesberg members (jokingly referred to as the ‘coffin dodgers'), walks in the Magaliesberg every Thursday – as the name implies. We did our 125-climb-hike... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! Bamboo Mountain t…

Bamboo mountain – had 16 takers, though 6 fell by the wayside the day before – but the mist came down too thickly and it would have been irresponsible to... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! Klipspringer

Klipspringer Trail: 2 – 4 October  It was a hot and arid three day hike through the stunning desert of the Augrabies national park, teeming with wildlife of which the titulat... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! Huisklip

Huisklip - 2 October 2016 This meet was a day walk across the rolling hills of the Tsitsikamma to the coast at Huisklip. From there the party continued along the coastline... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! Lady's Slipper

EP Section holds regular Wednesday afternoon walks and scrambles on its Lady’s Slipper property just outside Port Elizabeth. On 5 October 2016 a party of 14 walked to the peak... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! Sterkhorn via all…

3 friends of the KZN Section of the MCSA summited Sterkhorn via all three summits in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the MCSA. After overnighting at the Monk’s Cowl campsite... Read more

1-2-5-Climb! 125 routes in one…

Sakkie Jansen van Rensburg and Johan Terblanche celebrated the 125th birthday of the MCSA on 8 October 2016 by climbing 125 sport routes at Boven. We started at 04:00 on the... Read more

1-2-5-Climb! Simonsberg (1390m…

9th October 2016by Wojtek Przybylowicz Doing a hike just a day after the MCSA’s 125th anniversary should be something special, and I officially registered this hike as one of the many events... Read more

1-2-5-Climb! Fonteintjiesberg

We had a great time in the Hex River Mountains. We were a party of twenty, ranging in age from 82 to 29. The combined age was 1195 years and... Read more

1-2-5-Climb! Bobbejaansberg

by Hugo LeggattSunday 2 October                                      Members:Werner Frei          Romy FosterChris Gow ... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! - Pieke.  Val all…

Saterdag, 15 Oktober 2016. Ons was maar taamlik huiwerig toe ons die miswolke rondom die Pieke vanaf die ingangshek by Jonkershoek sien, maar het toe vir die beste gehoop en 8vm... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! - North Peak …

Noordhoek Peak: The morning after rain always gets me excited to head onto the mountain. That's what Katherine and myself did, targeting a local favourite destination, Noordhoek  Peak.  North Peak & Simonsberg: I... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! - Senotwan/Olifan…

7-9 October 2016Organiser: Stefan Neser with guidance and tight rope from  Otti Neser While climbing at 'The Prow" north of Hanglip in December 1963 a few of us, Explo members, were... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! - Middagberg

It was an exciting prospect - to bag a reasonably challenging peak in celebration of MCSA's 125th year. The party of 12 set off at 8:00 from Olive Glen Farm... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! - Korea

By Piet MuisI arrived in Korea about a month ago to teach English. Although Korea has a population density about 20 times higher than South Africa 60-70% of the country... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! - Mt Holdsworth

By Keith ThomasI'm afraid I scored a fail for my walk to Mt Holdsworth this morning. I did the 900m ascent to Powell Hut last night as I planned, arriving... Read more

1-2-5 Climb! - Extreme Dining …

It was one hot summer morning that I received my invitation from Herman Carstens. I was cordially invited to a formal evening, which included fantastic fine dining and a venue... Read more

Boulder kloof meet - Feb 2016

A stance fit for hoisting Bennie and Johan on Dograrious Johan working hard on Sabre Our beautiful playground Raging Bull Read more

Hike with friends of Magalies …

Remains of a canon platform used during the war Read more

Wilgepoort meet - Aug 2015

Die ou manne maak musiek      Simon on Bottelneck bulge Read more

Sekororo meet - 15-27 April 20…

A great time was once again had by all who attended the Sekororo trip! The ticks were less aggressive, the weather was fantastic and the pools and slides spectacular as... Read more

Mhlabatini climbing meet - Mar…

Sarel starts on probably the longest hand-traverse in the Magaliesberg called Pinnacle Direct (17). The route was opened by Sarel's uncles and dad in 1975 (Opened by M Prior, S... Read more

Boulder kloof climbing meet - …

Andrew Louw abseiling past Comanici after Slipstreaming Sarel on Raging Bull Karen and Saranie on Cederberg Corner   Sonja finishing on Excalibar   Read more

Ysbeer ontmoet vir Senna

Die uwe Ysbeer is terug in die Magaliesberg. Eish! Dis hittig daarso. Ysbeer het maar gesweet. Daar waar hy vandaan kom is dit nie so warm nie. Ysbeer kan wel... Read more

Giving the Berg Another Chance

Disclaimer: Although inspired by true events, all characters and events in this creative work — even those based on real people — are entirely fictional, imagined and is not necessarily... Read more

Stappers “Kleinswartberg-trave…

Die fynbos is ruig en sopnat. Hier en daar verraai ‘n gebreekte tak dat iemand al vantevore deur dié krapperige boskasie gesukkel het. Dit is die eerste dag van ons... Read more

1-2-5...CLIMB! 08 - 08 - 2016

On the summit of Senotwan/Olifantskop/Pramkop - 7-9 October 2016

View the MCSA Buff-in-the-Mountains slideshow
(in the process of being updated)

Please email reports and photos to petrogrobler@telkomsa.net


Sneeuberg summit - L-R: Richard Hudson, Penelope Brown, Marian Oliver, Stephen Hosking, Martin Hutton-Squire, Megan Beaumont