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

Cedarberg kloof is part of the Tonquani complex and a popular trad climbing destination. Cedarberg Kloof is the gateway to an extraordinary circular hiking route with beautiful rock formation and crystal clear pools. It is named after the unusual rock formations in the area that are reminiscent of those found in the Cape Cederberg & Rocklands areas. The top end of the kloof is relatively flat, with lots of shade and a little stream, making it a great spot for children, while the further downstream one goes the steeper and more dramatic the terrain becomes.

This area is part of the Magaliesberg Protected Environment (MPE) and the Magaliesberg Biosphere.

Permit & permission information

MCSA-owned property.  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 Cedarberg Kloof at the top of Grey Gully – no facilities available apart from a cage to store food. There’s no water available at either campsites, so you need to get water from the kloof. No camping in the kloof please. Please do not leave litter in the cages and please do not feed the monkeys.

Otherwise Mountain Sanctuary Park has camping and chalets, as well as ablution facilities and a small shop selling cold drinks and ice-cream.

There’s water all year in the kloof, which is safe to drink. Please note field toilet manners apply, see the FAQ: What are ‘Field toilet manners?’.

Climbing information

There are over 120 climbs in Cedarberg Kloof, mostly multi-pitch natural lines. The rock is generally good, especially at the lower end of the kloof near the intersection with Lower Tonquani, where routes of close to 100 metres high can be found. Grades vary from 5 to 30 with the bulk of the routes in the 17-20 range. Climbs on the true right tend to be the most sustained. No bolting is permitted.

Child friendly

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

Swimming

Yes, lower down the kloof.

Camp fires

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

Other attractions

Crystal clear pools to swim in lower down the kloof, a wide variety of birds, animals and plants and beautiful scenery to inspire 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.