Welcome to the virtual home of the KwaZulu-Natal section of the Mountain Club of South Africa. If you're new here, please read below, and the Join Us page, to find out what we do, and why you should join. Our most popular links are shown above, just below the logo, and comprise the following:

  • Meets will let you know what activities we have planned, from day hikes, through rescue training, hiking and rock climbing, to international expeditions.
  • Newsletters will give you an insight into what we have been up to, both locally as the KZN Section, and nationally as the MCSA.
  • Route Guides are extremely popular among visitors to the site, and provide details of both the major KZN venues, and a number of smaller or lesser known venues that are probably not described anywhere else.
  • Sitemap is self-explanatory, and is an easy way to get your head around the extent of this site, and what's available - it can also be a quicker route to some of the route guide pages, for example.

What We're About:


The majority of our members are hikers and walkers. Club hikes are done in a variety of areas of the province including the Drakensberg. These are great outings to get to know our local mountains and trails.

Rock-climbing and mountaineering

Many of our members are avid climbers on rock, snow and ice. Although there are many Club organised trips to all areas of Southern Africa, a great advantage of membership is the opportunity to meet other climbers and join them on privately organised outings.

Sport and Competition Climbing

Club members are involved with promoting and participating in sport and competition climbing. Several meets and competitions are organised each year. Members have access to the use of a Club drill and a bolting fund.

Search and Rescue

The Club has over many decades, and in co-operation with conservation bodies, EMRS, the SAPS and the SAAF helped to organise mountain search and rescue operations. Members of the rescue team give up many hours to provide this voluntary service to the community. The team welcomes newcomers and practices are held at local cliffs and in the Drakensberg.

National Meets

The Club organises meets in different parts of the country in which members from all sections are invited to participate. This affords members the opportunity to experience the fantastic diversity of mountain ranges in SA.

International Expeditions

The Club organises expeditions throughout the world. Members have climbed and even made 1st ascents in ranges in New Zealand, Antarctica, North and South America, the Himalayas, Europe and in other African countries.

July Camp

The KwaZulu-Natal Section organises and runs a two week camp in the Drakensberg every year starting on the first Saturday of July. This camp has become an institution in its own right with members from all Sections throughout SA, as well as overseas visitors, participating every year. While in base camp all meals are cooked by the camp staff. Leaders take both rock-climbing and hiking parties out on sub camping trips for either several days, or for day trips returning to base camp each night.

Social Functions

Durban: Talks/slide-shows are held on the first Wednesday of each month.

Pietermaritzburg: A social evening and slide/video show is held on the last Tuesday of each month at the Crossways Pub and Restaurant in Hilton, commencing at 7.30 pm.