The Mountain Club of South Africa

Useful Info

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions we typically hear from new members and those interested in joining the Club.

How do I join?

Membership of our Club is open to all, and anyone is welcome to join! The procedure is simple, and is as follows:

  • Make sure you’re willing to agree to our terms and conditions of membership.
  • Complete and submit the online application form.
  • Pay only the joining fee within one month of submitting your application form.
  • After receipt of confirmation of your election as a member, pay the subscription due (you will be advised of the pro-rata amount should you join part way through the current calendar year) within one month.
When and where do I get my membership card?

You can collect it from the office in Hatfield Street once you have been elected and your subscription fees have been paid. Alternatively you can arrange for it to be posted to you.

When and where do I get my hut key?

You can pay a deposit for it at the office, once you’ve paid your subs and after you have attended both

  • a new members’ social at the Clubhouse, and
  • at least one work meet at one of the Cape Town Section’s three huts, viz. Table Mountain Hut, Agtertafelberg Hut or Du Toit’s Kloof Hut; or at least one Outreach, Conservation or Property work meet.

Consult the Calendar to find a suitable qualifying meet.

How do I find out about work meets and other activities?

Check the Calendar and contact the leader if you’d like to join in.

How do I check availability of a Cape Town Section hut?

Check the relevant hut’s calendar on its own page which you can reach via Access & Properties.

How do I access the website’s private pages?

Log in using the email address the Club has on record for you, and your password.

If you forget your password or wish to change it to something more memorable, you can use the ‘Reset password’ link on the Login page.

You can also use the ‘Remember me’ checkbox to remain logged in to the site in the web browser you routinely use.

How do I book a hut?

Cape Town Section huts must be booked and paid for ahead of your visit. Check the relevant Hut’s Calendar, then email bookings@nullmcsacapetown.co.za or call the office to confirm availability. You’ll receive a booking confirmation email once your payment reflects in the Club’s account. Carry the confirmation with you on your visit.

For other sections’ huts, contact the relevant Section. Details are on the Access & Properties page.

Can I take non-member guests to the huts and properties?

Yes, members older than 17 (Youth, Student or adult members) may take two guests per member for an overnight visit, or four per member for a day visit.

Family members – i.e. members’ children aged under 17 – may not take guests to huts or properties.

Can I take my dog to the huts and properties?

No. Dogs are not allowed on any MCSA properties.

Can I pitch a tent outside a hut?

Yes, but you still have to book and pre-pay the hut fees.

How do I pay my hut fees?

By EFT, with proof of payment emailed to the relevant person or Section.

For Cape Town Section huts, you can also pay at the Clubhouse office.

What do I do with my toilet paper and sanitary products in the mountains?

Toilet paper can be buried if you carry a trowel and dig a proper hole – do not burn it and risk a fire! Otherwise bring plastic bags and carry everything out with you.

Do MCSA members get free entry to Kirstenbosch?

No. On production of a valid membership card, members may however pass directly through the garden via the Rycroft Gate (top gate) for access to the mountain. Check the TM via Kirstenbosch page for more information.

Can I park my car at Kirstenbosch to overnight at the TM Hut?

Yes, provided you pass on your vehicle details ahead of your visit. Click here for more information.

What are the climbing wall and library hours?

Click here for opening hours.