Castle Gorge Day Visitor Access Permit - November 2021
Castle Gorge is a hidden gem for hikers, featuring beautiful waterfalls, crystal clear pools and weathered rock formations that are great for swimming and photographing.
To get from the carpark to the pools is a 5KM walk, including a very steep uphill climb to get to the top of the mountain. Once on top of the mountain there is a long walk to the first pools, and another path which takes you to the waterfalls. You will have to walk through some marshy areas and climb up some large boulders to get to the waterfall viewing spots. You can have lunch at the pools or waterfall, and then make your way back. Walking back to the carpark is often very hot and very tiring as there are not many trees on top of the mountain and it is also steep in places. The entire hike will take between 5 and 7 hours to do, so go early and plan on being out for the day,. You will need to carry at least 2 litres of water per person and snacks.
DO NOT HIKE ALONE. It is good hiking practice to hike with at least two other people.
We rate this hike moderate/difficult. New hikers with little-to-no hiking fitness and children will find it very challenging.
Castle Gorge is private property - no day visitor access without a permit is allowed.
Day visitor access is self-guided; you are responsible for your own safety.There are no marked trails, so you need to be an experienced hiker to be able to find your way around. Venue access details and maps will be sent to you after purchase of your permit.
This area is part of the Magaliesberg Protected Environment (MPE) and the Magaliesberg Biosphere and as such is a protected wilderness area.
No fires are allowed and there are no toilet facilities, no restaurants, no shops and very few signposts. No littering is allowed - what you bring in you take back out with you. This includes the car park - no littering is allowed as there is no-one to pick up after you.
No trespassing onto neighbouring properties is allowed - trespassers WILL be prosecuted.
For die-hard climbers, Castle Gorge has 23 trad routes between 30 to 45 metres long ranging between grades 7 to 23. A few of the routes are star graded and very worthwhile doing. Descents are via gullies. No bolting is permitted.
No permits will be granted to commercial enterprises.
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