Our Mission Statement: 
The Johannesburg Section of the Mountain Club of South Africa actively fosters and facilitates mountaineering. This incorporates climbing, trekking, mountain walking and related activities, and promoting fellowship between people with these interests who are committed to the conservation of mountain areas.

Boulder Kloof

Name of venue

Boulder Kloof, Magaliesberg

Information courtesy of Martin Bruning and Joffrey Hyman

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.

Permit/ permission info

Land owned by the MCSA, so open to MCSA members and guests (1 guest per member) otherwise permits are required. Contact the MCSA Jhb section

- Contact

Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg

1 – 1.5 hours.

Parking information

 

Entry through Mountain Sanctuary Park

Safe Parking is available at Mountain Sanctuary Park, GPS: 25° 50.173' S (25° 50' 10" S) 027° 28.564' E (027° 28' 33" E). 

Parking costs R40.00 per vehicle.

Non MCSA members also have to pay an entry fee of R100 per adult and R50 per child.

 

Entry through Calabash

Parking costs R40.00 per vehicle (members and non-members), payable to the Jhb MCSA office.

 

Entry through Utopia

Only MCSA members may park at Utopia, contact MCSA Jhb for details.  Parking costs R40.00 per vehicle.

Info on walk in

 

The walk in to the top of Boulder Kloof is over relatively easy terrain, and takes between 40 minutes to an hour.  Navigation can be difficult for first timers as the path isn’t well defined.  The walk down Boulder Kloof to Lower Tonquani/ Cedarberg Kloof is quite steep with big boulders, and takes about 20 minutes.

Accommodation

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.

 

Availability of water for drinking

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.

 

Climbing route guide

The MCSA has published a guide, Rock Climbing Routes in the Tonquani Complex’, which includes Boulder Kloof.

Get the guide on our website here, under the "Routes" option.

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.

Lunch spots

 

The usual lunch spot is near the climb Slipstream.  There are no cages for food storage, and the monkeys do sometimes raid, so advisable to take food out of packs and hide under rocks.

Child friendly

Yes.

Swimming

There’s no swimming available in Boulder Kloof itself, but there are plenty of pools lower down the kloof and in Tonquani.  There’s also a large pool at the bottom end of Lower Tonquani that you pass walking in and out which is perfect for a cooling dip.

Camp fires

No.

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

Entry through Calabash: Contact MCSA Jhb Section for permits and paying parking for Calabash. - Contact

Entry through Mountain Sanctuary Park: Their parking fee applies, and you still need permits from the MCSA . See their website: www.mountain-sanctuary.co.za.

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