The numbers in bold are the primary emergency numbers. For general inquiries and joining a team please contact the convenors.

Correct as of January 2024.

Western Cape

Base: Cape Town
Tel: 021 937 0300 (Metro)
Convenor: 072 585 4294 – Brent Russell

For crime related incidents in the Western Cape parks / Table Mountain call: 021 480 7700

Hottentots Holland

Base: Somerset West
Tel: 021 937 0300 (Metro)
Convenor: 082 601 5437 – Juan van der Meulen


Base: Durban / Pietermaritzburg
Tel: 0800 005 133 (EMS)
Co-Convenor: 082 546 7963 – Colin McCoy
Co-Convenor: 076 395 0119 – Paul Roth

The KZN team also provides assistance in the Eastern Free State and Wild Coast.


Base: Johannesburg / Pretoria
Tel: 074 125 1385 (primary)
Tel: 074 163 3952 (secondary)
Convenor: 082 382 4282 – Charnelle Stander

The Gauteng team also provides assistance in the Free State, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. This may include referrals to closer rescue organisations.

Eastern Province

Base: Port Elizabeth
Tel: 10177 / 041 585 1555 (Metro)
Tel: 073 755 2250 (MSAR standby)
Convener : 082 904 3086 – Francois Searle

Alternately, this map shows the localities of the rescue teams:

All phone numbers are the emergency numbers that can be contacted in case of a mountain rescue emergency (primary numbers are in bold). Please specifically state that you are calling regarding a ‘Mountain Rescue Emergency’. The primary cities from which the teams operate are shown in italics. Where a provincial coordination centre that uses MCSA Search and Rescue as a resource exist, the number of the provincial coordination centre is given as the priority contact number.

The MCSA does not charge for rescues, helicopter flight criteria applies, MCSA SAR reserves the right to perform its own assessment of incidents and may transfer incidents to more appropriate agencies or request additional assistance, assistance is dependent on resource availability, resources provided on a volunteer basis.

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