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:


Award of the Order of Ikhamanga: Bronze

April 28th, 2023|Comments Off on Award of the Order of Ikhamanga: Bronze

In a private ceremony held at The Presidency in Pretoria earlier today, John Black and Warren Eva –South Africa’s and MCSA’s first K2 summiteers – received the abovementioned award from President Cyril Ramaphosa. The citation [...]

E-newsletter 2023 02

February 15th, 2023|Comments Off on E-newsletter 2023 02

Download Newsletter: MCSA National Newsletter - February 2023 (pdf | 4.67 Mb)

2021 UIAA Annual Report now available

October 6th, 2022|Comments Off on 2021 UIAA Annual Report now available

Find the annual report of the UIAA on their website for download (Pdf | 19 Mb): https://theuiaa.org/uiaa/uiaa-releases-2021-annual-report/

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