New fire safety rules at the Johnson Hut.

  • Open fires, candles and gas flames/lights are only allowed INSIDE the hut.
  • Buckets filled with water must be kept in close proximity of the fire/the hut.
  • All coals and ashes must be put out thoroughly with A LOT of water, and disposed of outside the hut, in the old outside fireplace, near the big oak tree.
  • Be extremely vigilant about potential fire hazards and situations which might lead to a fire.
  • The hut is situated on the land of Vergelegen Farm, and we, individually and collectively, hold accountability to the farm in respect of any damages resulting from our negligence.
  • From now on any visitor to the hut will have to sign and hand in the
    Johnson Hut Fire Prevention Protocol (PDF | 67.6 Kb)

Since 1964 we have our own hut tucked away up at the slopes of the Hottentots Holland mountains on Vergelegen Farm. The hut is fitted with an indoor fire place, has mattresses for up to 20 people, cutlery, pots and pans, a gas stove and the usual kitchen utensils. Water supply comes directly from the river via a pipe to the front of the hut. No electricity.

So you will have to bring just your food, fire wood, sleeping bag and usual hiking gear.

In the vicinity there are a few hiking opportunities: Along the river up Landroskloof, into Koffiekloof, along the jeep tracks. Or just swim in the rock pool close by.

Johnson Hut Rules

  • The drivers of the cars entering the farm must all fill in the logbook at the security gate!
  • Be extremely vigilant of potential fire hazards. Smokers to remove all cigarette butts, extinguish responsibly!
  • The Fire Prevention Protocol as displayed in the hut is to be strictly adhered to.
  • Do not use open flames (candles, cookers, smoking etc.) in the loft!
  • Sign the visitors book in the hut
  • Please leave the hut neat and tidy
  • All windows, shutters, the door and gate need to be securely closed and locked, combating theft.
  • Turn OFF the water supply with the valve hidden under stones to the right of the water outlet when leaving the hut.
  • Return the key to the hut convener ASAP.

Farm Rules

  • NO FIREWOOD whatsoever may be brought onto the farm due to Shot Hole Borer beetle threat, CHARCOAL only.
  • Keep the magnetic vehicle markers issued attached to all vehicles throughout the duration spent on the farm.
  • All vehicle occupants to be seated with seat belts fastened, no passengers on the back of bakkies.
  • STRICTLY NO detours along the route to the hut – follow the map supplied on reverse side.
  • If lost, stop and immediately contact one of the HH MCSA contacts as provided below.
  • Park in designated zones ONLY, as indicated on map
  • Do not exit your vehicle unless in a designated parking zone.
  • All general nature conservation rules strictly apply. Littering, flora picking and fauna disruption prohibited!
  • NO bicycles, motorbikes, firearms, drones or dogs allowed.
  • Adhere to speed limits as indicated; max 30km/hr.
  • Avoid walking through camera traps/crittercams.
  • Report any trespassers, veld fires or general Estate concerns to security – 021 847 1988
  • Strictly no photos of movie production sites allowed.

How to book the Hut

Tell the hut convenor at least 3 working days in advance with how many people and for how many nights you want to go up. He will have to arrange for your visit with Vergelegen Farm.

Arrange with the convenor when you collect the hut key at the convenor’s house. Fees are paid in advance, before keys are handed out. The Johnson Hut Fire Prevention Protocol has to be signed and handed to the Convenor.

Note: This is a MCSA hut, meant primarily for members of the club. Therefore we allow only certain numbers of non-members by a ratio of 2 non-member per 1 club member in a group.

Fees per night

Member Category Fee
Member R20
Member from other section R30
Non-Member R50
Member Child (u.14) R10
Non-Member Child (u.14 ) R25

How to get there:

Please note: access to the hut is now via Lourensford Farm, no longer via Vergelegen Farm. Please follow the above route exactly and only park at the designated parking spot.