Hiking is a popular outdoor activity in South Africa, with many enthusiasts eager to explore the country’s stunning landscapes. Hiking clubs are a great way for people to meet like-minded individuals and enjoy the great outdoors in a safe and social setting. In this blog post, we’ll be reviewing the five most popular hiking clubs in South Africa, including their membership fees, contact details, and club locations.
1. Mountain Club of South Africa | Our top pic!
The Mountain Club of South Africa is one of the oldest and most respected hiking clubs in the country. With over 7,000 members, it has branches in most major centres across the country. Membership fees vary depending on the branch, but generally range from R400 to R800 per year. To join, simply visit their website and fill in the membership form. The club’s main office is located in Cape Town, but there are branches in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Durban.
Club website: https://mcsa.org.za/
Phone: +27 (21) 465 3412
Email: [email protected]
2. Peninsular Ramblers hiking club
The Peninsular Ramblers hiking club is one of the best organizations for anyone who loves the great outdoors. The club offers a wide range of hikes, from leisurely strolls to challenging treks, in the beautiful peninsula region. The experienced leaders ensure the safety and enjoyment of all participants, making it a great opportunity to meet new people while exploring the region’s natural beauty. Membership fees for the Peninsular Ramblers are only R100 per year, which includes access to all club hikes, monthly newsletters, and social events.
Club website: https://ramblers.org.za/
Phone: (Glenda Doller) 078 292 2477
3. Durban Ramblers Hiking Club
If you’re based in Durban and looking for a local hiking club, then the Durban Ramblers are a great option. The club has been around since 1948 and offers a range of hikes, including day trips and weekend expeditions. Membership fees are reasonable, starting at R150 per year. To join, simply visit their website and fill in the membership form. The club is based in Durban, but they also offer hikes in the surrounding areas.
Club website: http://durbanramblers.co.za/
Phone: (Merle Mackenzie) 082 454 0521
4. South African National Parks Hiking Club
If you’re a fan of South Africa’s national parks, then the SANParks Hiking Club is the perfect choice for you. Membership is open to anyone who has a valid Wild Card, which gives you access to all of the country’s national parks. Membership fees are reasonable, starting at R170 per year. To join, simply visit their website and fill in the membership form. The club is based in Pretoria, but there are branches in most major centres across the country.
Phone: +27 (0)12 426 5000
Email: [email protected]
5. Outward Bound South Africa
Outward Bound is a global organisation that specialises in outdoor adventure programming. The South African chapter offers a variety of hiking expeditions and leadership training courses. Membership fees are relatively high, starting at R1,500 per year. To join, simply visit their website and fill in the membership form. Outward Bound South Africa is based in Johannesburg, but they offer expeditions and courses throughout the country.
Phone: +27 82 557 6384. Email: [email protected]