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.

Dome Pools

Name of venue

Dome Pools, Magaliesberg

Information courtesy of Andre Wedepohl

Brief summary of venue

Dome Pools is a hiking venue, involving an easy walk along a stream to some of the biggest and deepest rock pools in the Magaliesberg, making it a fantastic venue for swimming in the summer months.

Permit/ permission info

Non MCSA members must obtain a permit from the MCSA Magaliesberg Section.

- Contact


Approximate travelling time from Johannesburg

1 hour 30 minutes.

Parking information


Cars are parked on Mr Jan van Staden's property. Permit holders and members can obtain directions from the MCSA Magaliesberg Section.  To date there haven’t been any problems with this parking area, but as always, do not leave any valuables visible inside vehicles. Parking is free of charge.

Walk in


The walk in takes about 2 hours and is one of the easiest walks in the Magaliesberg, with uphill sections being fairly gentle.



Camping is available at the MCSA campsite about 10 minutes walk upstream from the big pools. No facilities whatsoever, but clean water easily accessible.

Availability of water for drinking

Water is available except for about the first 30 minutes of the walk.

Climbing information


No climbing routes at Dome Pools.

Lunch spots


Pleasant, shady lunch spots available near several of the rock pools. No monkey cages.

Child friendly

Yes, as long as children can walk for two hours without a problem.


Most definitely.

Camp fires


Other attractions

The usual variety of Magaliesberg birds and animals may be seen. The animals most likely to be encountered are baboons and klipspringer.


The normal Magaliesberg safety precautions should be taken. In hot weather, always carry water, use an effective sun screen, and wear a sun hat.


MCSA Magaliesberg Section for information and permits - Contact


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