The Mountain Club of South Africa

Access & Properties

There are 17 properties reasonably close to Cape Town which are accessible to MCSA members, from the historic hut on Table Mountain to a range of wilderness areas from the Cederberg to the Overberg.

Most of these properties are owned and conserved by the Cape Town, Hottentots Holland, Paarl/Wellington, Stellenbosch, Worcester and South Cape Sections of the MCSA, while access to the remainder is through servitude agreements with the landowners.

Cape Town Section members also have access to MCSA properties across the country.

Rules & Hut Bookings

Please visit the Rules & Bookings page for the general rules relating to huts and Club properties, and for the procedure for booking the Cape Town Section’s huts (Table Mountain, Agtertafelberg and Du Toit’s Kloof Huts).

Access Courtesies

Reaching some MCSA properties may mean crossing other people’s land. Please be especially respectful to landowners, remembering that we are guests on their properties, and stick to the access provisions listed to safeguard our good relationships and servitudes.

Access to Table Mountain through Kirstenbosch

At present we are privileged to have a special concession from SANBI which allows MCSA members to cross Kirstenbosch to reach Table Mountain. Poor conduct could result in this being withdrawn at any time, so please familiarise yourself with the details of this concession, and abide by its requirements and restrictions at all times.

Access to Cape Nature areas

Certain MCSA properties are adjacent to CapeNature land, either requiring access via those areas, or lending themselves to routes which traverse them. Please ensure that you adhere to all the permit requirements for accessing or crossing CapeNature land and Reserves.