Why Should I Join The MCSA

The Mountain Club of South Africa offers the opportunity to become part of a network of like-minded people, whatever activity you engage in:

  • Mountaineering
  • Rock climbing (bouldering, sport and traditional)
  • Scrambling, walking and hiking
  • Conservation
  • Outreach
  • Search and rescue

The MCSA-HH section organises over 50 meets every year, with something for everyone. You will also be taken to little-known parts of the Cape Mountains that few people even know exist, with exclusive access to many pristine mountain areas and huts throughout South Africa. The MCSA owns over a dozen properties and huts in the Western Cape alone, and many more in the other sections! You have reciprocal rights to all 14 sections of the Mountain Club in South Africa and Namibia.

The MCSA promotes the sustainable use of our mountain resources, and facilitates access to our natural heritage in a friendly and supportive manner, through:


The MCSA offers sponsorship, gear and support for mountaineering expeditions, as well as a wealth of international contacts – reciprocal relationships with the UIAA (International Mountaineering & Climbing Federation), and with other mountain clubs in Africa, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and more. Keen to plan an expedition? The MCSA Cape Town section provides access to the most extensive mountaineering library in the country.

Rock climbing

The MCSA provides a home for all kinds of rock activities, including local and national bouldering and sport-climbing competitions and events and traditional ('trad') climbing at all grades, from the easy to demanding, multi-pitch country routes. Training and instruction meets are also offered. So, whether you are a beginner or an experience climber - you will find a home! You'll also have unlimited access to bouldering walls at the MCSA Cape Towns section's clubhouse and at UCT.

Scrambling, walking and hiking

A wide range of meets are offered - from relaxed, short walks with lots of botanising, all the way through to adventurous scrambling on routes that few venture onto; from half and full-day hikes, to weekend and longer hiking trips in remote ranges of the Cape.


We have an active social programme with weekly talks, slide shows and films in the Clubhouse. These take place on Friday evenings, and then there are the famous 1st-Tuesday of the month events, that cater for the hard-core climbers.

Conservation and Outreach

There are many groups actively involved in a wide range of conservation initiatives, as well as in outreach acitivities involving local youth groups and other appreciative sectors of local society.

Search and Rescue

Many club members play key roles in Wilderness Search & Rescue, the umbrella body that coordinates search and rescue activities in the Western Cape.

Additional benefits

Club membership also entitles you to free access through Kirstenbosch in order to access Table Mountain and discounts from leading equipment suppliers, including Cape Union Mart, and (all -10%).