Who we are

The Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) was founded in 1891 in Cape Town, and is member of the world mountaineering body, the UIAA. The MCSA offers mountaineering which includes climbing of all types and hiking opportunities to its members and is involved in mountain search and rescue, training, conservation of mountain areas and procurement of access for mountaineering.


The Club consists of 14 Sections, geographically distributed. Contact the section nearest to you to join in activities, or for buying permits for different hiking venues, where permits have to be obtained. Membership in the MCSA also happens on Section level, so if you want to become a member please find the section nearest to you. If there is none, maybe consider starting one?


If in trouble in the mountains contact the nearest emergency number as listed here:


International Mountain Rescue Day

August 25th, 2023|Comments Off on International Mountain Rescue Day

๐Ÿ”๏ธ **Celebrating the โ€œICAR - International Mountain Rescue Dayโ€ on August 28**ย ๐Ÿ”๏ธ Many years ago, specifically on the weekend of August 28 and 29, 1948, mountain rescue experts convened upon the invitation of the Austrian [...]

2022 UIAA Annual Report now available

July 19th, 2023|Comments Off on 2022 UIAA Annual Report now available

Find the annual report of the UIAA on their website for download (Pdf | 24 Mb): https://theuiaa.org/uiaa/uiaa-releases-2022-annual-report/

News items of national interest should be sent to news@mcsa.org.za.


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