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).

Agtertafelberg Hut

A log cabin poised in a commanding position above a river and flanked on all sides by a panorama of peaks.

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A prime piece of land in the southern Cederberg mountains, this 4000Ha property encompasses a river valley and the ridges on either side. It is a beautiful unspoilt wilderness inviting exploration of vlaktes, peaks, caves, rock formations and much more.

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Du Toit's Kloof Hut

This is a large, peaceful hut with shady trees, a pool, braai area, and adjacent camping, only 100m from the car park! It offers a very convenient base for hiking and climbing in the Du Toit’s Kloof mountains, and is also suitable for families with small children.

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Johnson Hut (Hottentots Holland Section)

A hut on Vergelegen estate at the foot of the Hottentots Holland mountains.

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Klein Swartberg (including Toverkop)

A cluster of properties in the remote, rugged and spectacular Klein Swartberg.

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Krom River Hut (Paarl/Wellington Section)

An accessible, cosy and well-equipped hut in a World Heritage Site in the Du Toit's Kloof Mountains. It is adjacent to a river with beautiful pools and provides access to a number of hikes and enticing peaks.

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Perry Refuge

Small emergency shelter in the rugged Hex River Mountains.

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Unspoilt mountain land north of Gydo Pass.

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Somerset's Gift

A piece of remote mountain land in the Swellendam area.

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Mountain wilderness between Bain's Kloof and Du Toit's Kloof Passes.

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The MCSA's first property, given to the Club in 1939, is a Natural Heritage Site in the Bain's Kloof Mountains.

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Table Mountain Hut

Easily accessible from the city below, this well-equipped hut provides a place to stay overnight or visit when on Table Mountain

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Thomas Hut (Worcester Section)

A sturdy hut on the flanks of Fonteintjiesberg.

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A rugged south-facing valley in the Hex River Mountains.

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Wydekloof (Turret Peak)

Servitude. An unspoilt area of the Koue Bokkeveld around the distinctive Turret Peak.

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Zeebasbosch (Stellenbosch Section)

A property adjacent to Waaihoeksberg in the western Hex River Mountains. It features the kloofs Toorkloof and Varingfontein in the vicinity of Zeebasberg, the Camel and Boesmansberg.

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Zuurberg (University of Cape Town)

A servitude gives MCSA members access to UCT's property, Zuurberg, in the Waaihoek region of the Hex River Mountains.

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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.