Please note

The information below is limited. For all details please sign in via the member log-in screen if your are a member, else please contact the MCSA Johannesburg Section.

The MCSA as a land owner seeks to preserve the land in its natural state, therefore none of our properties have clearly indicated paths, nor are there any facilities on our properties.

Brief summary of venue

An offshoot kloof that branches off from Lower Tonquani, Boulder Kloof is a typical Magaliesberg kloof characterised by steep cliffs, and as its name suggests, massive, fallen boulders – making for striking scenery. Climbs are generally of a high standard on good quality, steep rock but tend to be short. This area is part of the Magaliesberg Protected Environment (MPE) and the Magaliesberg Biosphere.

Permit & permission information

The MCSA has servitude over Boulder kloof property, so it’s open to MCSA members and guests. MCSA members do not need permits. One member one guest rule applies. Members must carry their membership cards with them.

Non MCSA members must obtain a permit from the MCSA Johannesburg Section. All visitors must carry a copy of the permit.

Please see the FAQ: Permit Rules.

No permits are issued to non-members for the first full weekend of a month, as we reserve that weekend for MCSA members and their guests only.

Access to this property is across other land owners property. Access agreements with these land owners was established by the MCSA. The access rules in these agreements must be adhered to.

The access agreements with these land owners are sensitive and dependent on your adherence to their rules. The rules are available on request from the MCSA Johannesburg Section and will be provided with your access permit.

A breach of these rules (etiquette, gate times, etc.) could result in the MCSA permanently losing this convenient access route to its properties. The MCSA will also not hesitate to take action against offending members or permit holders.

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Approximate travelling time from Pretoria

Travelling takes about 1 hour 20 mins via Buffelspoort Dam.

Accommodation & facilities

Camping is available at the top end of Boulder Kloof (no facilities available) otherwise Mountain Sanctuary Park has camping and chalets, as well as ablution facilities and a small shop selling cold drinks and ice-cream. This must be arranged with MSP by yourself. No camping in the kloof please.

A large part of the kloof is dry with no running water; however, water is always available lower down the kloof near the Tonquani junction. Please note field toilet manners apply, see the FAQ: What are ‘Field toilet manners?’.

Climbing information

Over 60 star graded trad climbs of various grades from 8 to 27. Most climbs are a single pitch on good rock. Descents are either by abseiling off a tree or walk offs. The kloof is shady. No bolting is permitted.

Child friendly

Yes, the walk-in is long, but easier from MSP. Children are only allowed with adult supervision.

Swimming

There’s no swimming available in Boulder Kloof itself, but there are plenty of pools lower down in the Cedarberg kloof and in Tonquani.

Camp fires

Strictly not allowed, as it is part of the Biosphere.

Other attractions

A wide variety of birds, animals and plants; and fantastic opportunities for photographers and artists.

Dangers

The general area has had muggings, so be alert.

Contacts

MCSA Johannesburg Section

Email: admin@jhb.mcsa.org.za

Contact Tel: 061 461 8259

Office hours: Mon – Fri, 15:00 – 18:00; closed on weekends & public holidays.

Disclaimer

Mountaineering (climbing and hiking) is de facto an activity which carries certain inherent risks. Neither the MCSA, nor any of its members or representatives accept responsibility for any deaths, injury or illness sustained or suffered by any person or for any theft, loss or damage to any property that result from participation in MCSA activities, no matter in what manner caused and whether allegedly due to negligence or not. Full indemnity is available here.