Access: COVID-19 lockdown Alert level 3

Adjusted Level 3 regulations as gazetted in Gazette 44044 of 29 December 2020, as amended by Gazette 44051 of 29 December 2020, Gazette 44066 of 11 January 2021 and Gazette 44130 of 1 February 2021.

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Makapansgat has lain dormant on the climbing scene for the last 2 decades.

The place lies en route to Polokwane and is an ideal weekend trip, or a handy alternative if you’re rained off Blouberg. Its an all-trad venue with a super easy walk-in, very exposed, wild and beautiful camping, deep pools, high waterfalls and easy-to-access cragging. There is lots of new route potential.

Access issues

However, access to Makapansgat has recently been granted based on the goodwill of the Limpopo Provincial Government following hard work by the MCSA JHB Section. Access is granted on the following conditions:

Only MCSA members and guests allowed. Each party must have at least one MCSA member.

  1. Before visiting, phone: JT Mmako, Site Manager Makapan Valley World Heritage Site on 015 293 8443 to confirm your attendance. Please note: Neil Margetts has a copy of an agreement letter between the Limpopo Provincial Government and MCSA granting access. Contact Neil

  2. No bolting allowed.

  3. No littering, including cigarette stompies.

  4. No unnecessary damage to plants.

  5. No animals, including dogs.


It’s a 10 to 15 minutes walk to the base of the climbs from the campsite, with no path. From the parking walk North West up to a shallow neck, then walk North past a tall old Aloe and down through scrubby thorn trees until you run out of ground at the cliffs.

Where to stay

The campsite is about 10 to 15 minutes walk from where cars are parked. Camping is right on the lip of the cliffs, offering many superb spots.


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