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

Kransberg offers good quality multi-pitch climbing at moderate grades. With routes of between 3 and 6 pitches long and grades from 11 to 22 it is a great place to hone your multi-pitch skills. The exposure is excellent and the birdlife unrivalled. The cliffs can be a little cold in winter, so the area is best visited in warmer months.

Kransberg is also a wonderful hiking area up to the cliffs and up the kloof. The area onto of the mountain is not owned by the MCSA and therefore access is prohibited. South of the road there is another co-owned property where one can hike, please consult the map.

Kransberg is co-owned with National Parks Board, please be courteous when encountering Park personnel. Please ensure you take your MCSA membership card along.

Permit & permission information

Contact the MCSA Johannesburg Section for directions and latest access information. Kransberg is open to MCSA members and their guests.

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Approximate travelling time from Pretoria

Travelling takes about 3 hours.

Accommodation & facilities

Car camping. Bring your own water for the campsite. There are no facilities. Please note field toilet manners apply, see the FAQ: What are ‘Field toilet manners?’.

No water is available at the car park, but year-round water at the base of the cliffs, although sometimes only a trickle. Rather bring your own water for the climb and/or hike.

Climbing information

Kransberg has 85 routes between 3 and 6 pitches long. Grades range between 8 and 22, with many great routes between grades 15 and 18. The face climbing tends to be a little run-out. Descents are via gullies. Please take note of eagle activity at the crags on the website home page.

No bolting is allowed.

Child friendly

Yes, at the campsite / car park. Children are only allowed with adult supervision.

Swimming

There’s no swimming available.

Camp fires

Yes in designated fire places only, gas is preferred.

Other attractions

A large vulture colony can be found nearby, and it is common to see vultures, eagles and other raptors fly by while you are climbing – an experience not to be missed. Nearby game reserves offer side attractions if required.

Dangers

None. Wild animals from Parks Board.

There are a lot of ticks at Kransberg bring some repellent.

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.

Information courtesy of Andrew Porter.

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.