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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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2017 MCSA Annual Dinner

RSVP for this event is closed. Book your seat now! Read more

Remaining Richard Watmough books on tend…

   "The remaining books of Richard Watmough that had been on tender in 2014/15 will go on tender again soon. For the newer members who was not privileged to know Richard... Read more

MSP new access arrangements

MSP access rules have changed again. Read the new access Rules for MCSA Memebers carefully. Grootkloof Access Change The access to Grootkloof from Sparkling Waters Hotel has been disrupted... Read more

Press coverage 125

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

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

Events Calendar

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If you would like to add your event to the calendar please ask one of the following members to add it for you:
Climbing – Andrew Louw at climbing@mag.mcsa.org.za or

Hiking – Frik Stegman at hiking@mag.mcsa.org.za

Weeding - Corne Mare at conservation@mag.mcsa.org.za



When you ask a committee member to add your event please also forward:
1. your name and surname;
2. e-mail;
3. cell phone number;
4. preferred method of contact;
5. name of the event ex. Climbing Wilgepoort;
6. how far from Pretoria it is and
7. a photo of the place
The applicable committee member will communicate this to the news committee member to be advertised in the news letter and on Facebook.