Mhlabatini (trad)

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This is also an MCSA owned kloof and permits should be obtained - see the main page for details. Parking is not on MCSA property but on a neighbour’s property and a parking fee applies. An access an parking fee register is located at the parking. Contact the MCSA for more access details.

Visitors are not allowed to enter or leave the kloof after dark - allow enough time to get into and out of the kloof from the parking. There have been thefts from the standard parking spot. You MUST however contact the MCSA for the latest arrangements.


The walk in is uphill and moving through the kloof can be challenging at times (wading and scrambling required). A camp site is located at the entrance to the kloof. Note that it is not permissible to follow the river to gain access to the kloof as this are is located on private property.

Routes/ Gradings

A truly beautiful kloof famous for its many crack climbs. The 136 routes are mostly multi-pitch natural routes, grades vary from 5 to 27 with many at each grade above 15 until 25.


With plenty of water and nice shade all day it is a very pleasant kloof all year round.

Route Descriptions

MCSA Site - Mhlabatini

New Routes

Space Jump (21 A1) ****

P1 (19) 25m Climb the first pitch of Good Dog.

P2 (21 A1) 30m. Continue up Good Dog. Instead of traversing right beneath the roofs, step up and left onto the smooth wall. Climb up and left past rails, then straight up to the roof. Pull through to a big rail on the lip of the roof. Aid right and up to the peg on Spacewalk. Finish up Space Walk.

Hector Pringle and Craig de Villiers, 2014-01-18