Mountain Club of South Africa
EmergenciesIf in trouble in the mountains use your cell phone emergency number which will link through to Metro Rescue or use this emergency map to find the nearest MCSA Search & Rescue coordinator.
Who we are
The Club consists of 14 Sections, geographically distributed. Contact the section nearest to you to join in activities.
[Cape Town] [Johannesburg] [KwaZulu-Natal] [Eastern Province] [Magaliesberg] [Stellenbosch] [South Cape] [Free State] [Hottentotsholland] [Amajuba] [Namibia] [Paarl-Wellington] [Tygerberg] [Worcester]
Monthly MCSA news that included upcoming events and mountain news from around the world is available here. News items should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Magaliesberg declared a World Biosphere Reserve
After nearly a decade of lobbying and sustained efforts by a small committee of dedicated environmentalists‚ including the MCSA, the Magaliesberg was declared a world biosphere reserve. The Magaliesberg is almost 100 times older than Mount Everest and half the age of the earth. Besides the range’s unique biomes - the Central Grassland Plateaux and the sub-Saharan savannah - it has a very rich biodiversity. The Aloe Peglerae and Frithia pulchra are unique to the area. There are 443 bird species, almost half the total bird species of Southern Africa. The Magaliesberg is under intense pressure from urbanisation and has in the past lacked the support of a strong regulatory framework to back its status as a Protected Area.
At the same time the Gouritz Cluster in the southern Cape was declared a world biosphere reserve. Members of the South Cape Section were involved in driving the process. South Africa now has eight recognised biosphere reserves: Kogelberg (proclaimed in 1998), Cape West Coast Extension (2003), Waterberg (2001), Kruger to Canyons (2001), Cape Winelands (2007), Vhembe (2009). It is hoped that the Garden Route Biosphere Reserve will be declared in the near future, too.
AND Gouritz declared a World Biosphere Reserve
Fund-raising for Nepal earthquakeThe Mountain Club undertook a fund-raising drive (that ended on 10 July) for the Nepalese who have suffered enormous losses in the wake of the massive earthquakes that occurred on 25th April and 12 May. The beneficiary was the Khumbila Samrakshhan Pratisthan Khumbila Foundation. The people who run the Foundation have been hands-on since the day the first earthquake struck and have been distributing aid since then, and continuously, as they have received donations.
National Camp, 5-12 September 2015This year the Eastern Province Section is hosting the annual MCSA National Camp in the remote and magnificent Baviaanskloof. This famous valley kloof and its majestic mountains are well known throughout South Africa for their rugged, unique character. With gorges, krantzes and peaks, the area is a paradise for the mountaineer. Download the second announcement. The online application form is here. Enquiries email@example.com.