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MCSA General Forum is our official Whatsapp Group where members are encouraged to participate in conversation and respond to news and important information shared by our Mountain Club administrators and representatives. Ensure you read up on our code of conduct, which is in our group description.
We have a corresponding MCSA General News Bulletin, which is a Whatsapp Community linked to the Whatsapp Group. Any important news announcements will be pinned here. This is also locked and only administrators will be able to post here, preventing spam.



News & Reminders
Our last tidbits of admin and member updates!
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We are calling upon all members for contributions for the MCSA's journal for 2023!
The Journal of the MCSA is an annual publication that serves as a record of the mountaineering-related activities of the Club's members. Each year, there are articles and illustrations focusing on the environment, the flora and fauna encountered in remote parts of our country and elsewhere, on search and rescue, and on the history, geology and archaeology of mountain areas. With this extensive range of content, the Journal is also an interesting, informative, entertaining and inspiring work, reflecting the spirit of adventure of the mountaineers and explorers of South Africa.
Guidelines, journal stylesheet, photo template and more documents about the journal can be downloaded from our website below:
If you have any questions, please send an email to 
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I am so glad that the Rangers will be working this tributary of Dome for the next few days, there was toooooo much for one day's (even a full week's) work. 
The Crofton and Lantana really grew to new heights this past La Niña year. The Lantana's hooked thorns ripped at our shirts, hats and hair, reminding us that they will not be taken out without a proper fight. Grace and her dad wrapped up old farm fencing that would become game/hiker trip wires or even used for snares and took it out to be recycled. 
This is another rewarding activity that one can do on a Conservation Meet. New infestations of Crofton on the three Reservoir Gully waterfalls still need someone to dangle on a rope to get them... 
Please watch out for the date for follow-up meet in the newsletter.
– Tam Scheidegger, MCSA JHB Conservation
Photographers: Danny and Deon
MCSA JHB owns a small property and hut within the 24000 hectare Wolkberg Wilderness Area near Tzaneen, which is awesomely situated next to a stream with a small waterfall, pool and a magnificent view of the Four Sisters with Serala (2050m), Wolkberg's highest peak, dominating the horizon. Visitors can base themselves comfortably at the hut, from which you can set out on day-hikes and climbing excursions (Warning! Rock quality is poor and protection is scarce!).
There are many day walks to waterfalls and stunning pools to swim in. Most of the walks are 3-5 hours, but there are also longer and more strenuous walks through Wonderwoud (the 3-tier waterfall) and Thabina pools (8 hours).
There are trad-climbing routes on all four of the Sisters, which range from grade 14 to 24. Unfortunately, the rock is not the best quality and protection is very sparse on some climbs. These are not climbed often, so climbs are dirty and overgrown. Although guides do exist, they are not readily available. Ask for a copy among the older members of the club.
ACCESS: The MCSA has special permission from the Limpopo Department of Environment and Tourism to drive up through the Wilderness Area to the hut. 
Roads are rough and require a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle. (You may drive only to the hut, not any higher!) 
If you're in a 2-wheel-drive, depending on the condition of the road, you may be able to park at the Wilderness Area entrance gate, then carry all your gear to the hut (7km ~2hr steep, but scenic walk).
PERMITS: Hut bookings, pyaments, and vehicle permits must be made via the MCSA JHB office. 1 member may take 4 non-members.
Members: R40 per night
Non-members: R100 per night
Children under 18 years: 50% off
Cars: R30 once-off
Entrance fee: R50/adult once-off (R30 pensioners & children under 12 once-off)
Permit fees: R50/day (includes the day you arrive and the day you leave).

Explore. Discover. Connect. Protect.
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Office Number:  061 461 8259 
Office Hours: Mon & Wed 15:00 - 20:00, Tues & Thurs 13:00 - 18:00, Fri 9:00 - 12:00