The Mountain Club of South Africa

Useful Info

Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions we typically hear from new members and those interested in joining the Club.

When and where do I get my membership card?

It’s posted to you once you have been elected and your subscription fees have been paid. Alternatively you can arrange to collect it from the office in Hatfield Street.

When and where do I get my hut key?

You can purchase it from the office, once you’ve paid your subs and after you have attended both

  • a new members’ social at the Clubhouse, and
  • a work meet at one of the Cape Town Section’s huts.
How do I find out about work meets and other activities?

Check the Calendar and contact the leader if you’d like to join in.

How do I check availability of a Cape Town Section hut?

Check the relevant hut’s calendar on its own page which you can reach via Access & Properties.

How do I access the website’s private pages?

Log in using your email address (membership number? needs clarity) and password.

How do I book a hut?

Cape Town Section huts must be booked and paid for ahead of your visit. Check the relevant Hut’s Calendar, then email or call the office to confirm availability. You’ll receive a booking confirmation email once your payment reflects in the Club’s account. Carry the confirmation with you on your visit.

For other sections’ huts, contact the relevant Section. Details are on the Access & Properties page.

Can I take non-member guests to the huts?

Yes, you may take two guests per member for an overnight visit, or four per member for a day visit.

Can I take my dog to the huts?

No. Dogs are not allowed on any MCSA properties.

Can I pitch a tent outside a hut?

Yes, but you still have to book and pre-pay the hut fees.

How do I pay my hut fees?

By EFT, with proof of payment emailed to the relevant person or Section.

For Cape Town Section huts, you can also pay at the Clubhouse office.

What do I do with my toilet paper and sanitary products in the mountains?

Toilet paper can be buried if you carry a trowel and dig a proper hole – do not burn it and risk a fire! Otherwise bring plastic bags and carry everything out with you.

Do MCSA members get free entry to Kirstenbosch?

No. On production of a valid membership card, members may however pass directly through the garden via the Rycroft Gate (top gate) for access to the mountain. Check the TM via Kirstenbosch page for more information.

Can I park my car at Kirstenbosch to overnight at the TM Hut?

Yes, provided you pass on your vehicle details ahead of your visit. Click here for more information.

What are the climbing wall and library hours?

Click here for opening hours.