The Mountain Club of South Africa


Photo of the Steenboksberg sign, damaged by fire

Steenboksberg sign, damaged by fire

This, the first property owned by the MCSA, has been declared a Natural Heritage Site. It includes Bailey’s Peak in the Limietberg range and a beautiful valley with idyllic camping, a shelter and pools, and a great diversity of flora. With family-friendly access to the campsite it’s a great place to introduce children to the mountains.

Please note: The vegetation on Steenboksberg was extensively burnt during the fire in January in the Bain’s Kloof area. The shelter is essentially intact, and the campsites between the shelter and the river are unscathed. However, the surrounding area, and the area around the toilet, are completely burnt. We expect that camping in the vicinity of the shelter will not be pleasant at least until April, especially in windy conditions, due to dust, ash and burnt material. (The area at the head of the valley appears not to have burnt, though this is seldom visited.) In addition, the vegetation is completely burnt on the neighbouring property across which we access Steenboksberg, from the R301 (Bain’s Kloof road) to the car park, and also from the car park to the shelter, so walking this route along the footpath is likely to be unpleasant, if interesting. Members wishing to visit Steenboksberg are still free to do so, and should continue to follow the usual procedures regarding access, noting that both dogs and fires are still not permitted on the property!

There are many walks, features and camping options to enjoy such as Bailey’s Peak, Wolseley Ridge, Noordkloof, the Big Pool, Big Rock Camp, the Shelter, the Dell, Split Rock Camp and Veepos. (See the map in “Getting There” in the members’ only area below.)

Steenboksberg was presented to the Cape Town Section in 1939 by Colonel WC Hallack, who joined the Club in 1912.
The corrugated iron shelter was erected in 1959, having originally been intended to be the Perry Refuge – until someone tried to move it! So it stayed, and in 1999, after exactly 60 years of ownership by the MCSA-CT, Steenboksberg was declared a Natural Heritage Site. A certificate signed by President Nelson Mandela was presented to the MCSA.