With regulations easing into level 2 and the highlight of provincial travel now allowed, Tranquilitas Adventure Farm has re-opened with a fresh new look. For Gauteng climbers, this is a weekend highlight and we have some packing tips along with recent changes to our favourite local climbing destination!
From true camping to glamping and romantic private setups, there are accommodation options for all types and budgets.
Last year saw the addition of two beautiful Max Tents built just outside the campsite for the more private family and couple getaway. Each unit is complete with their own bathroom, kitchen and outdoor fireplace and let’s not forget the epic view of the valley.
There are four chalets perfect for a couple or small family that all the self-catering needs and private bathroom. The perma-tents make the ideal glamping setup complete with their own kitchenette and shared camping ablutions. These accommodation units are a treat for any weekend escape and require minimal packing – some clothes and toiletries in your North Face Duffel, your crag bag and your food and you're set for a weekend of bliss.
Camping for me still makes the weekend feel like a true outdoor adventure. With beautiful lawns and plenty of trees, there’s a spot for everyone. The campsite has shared fire pits with benches and tables and hot showers after a long day in the crag or on the trail.
The Tranquilitas team did some great campsite upgrades and improvements through the lockdown period and have re-opened with a beautiful new kitchen and braai area in the lapa; upgraded the lapa toilets; installed a new set of toilets for campers near reception; constructed a natural but effective new wood fence around the back of the campsite to keep your dogs in and unwanted visitors out. The new patrol dogs have been a welcomed sight both in the crags and campsite in the evenings.
Tranquilitas is still a dog friendly farm and you may bring your crag dogs and adventure pets with for a weekend of fun. Pet owners to take note of Tranquilitas dog rules:
Camping pack list:
- The Vaude Campo 3 person tent is an uncomplicated, fast setup tent that offers plenty space for 2 people and clothes bags. Gear is easy to store in the two vestibules and you can even use this space for cooking in bad weather.
- Comfort after a long day is key. As we are heading into summer the First Ascent Explorer sleeping bag will keep you cozy at night and has a useful foot-friendly zipper system. The JR Gear Mega Mat adds that extra sleeping mat comfort and is nice and wide for a goods night sleep.
- The lapa has been setup with fridges, microwave, cooking top and kettle so you can getaway with just taking the GSI Pinnacle Dualist set for cooking your food. The GSI Commuter Java Press is perfect for freshly pressed coffee or tea and you can even take it to the crag.
- What would camping be without a hammock for reading, afternoon nap or just chilling.
These are some of our favourites but check out the full list of camping gear we offer.
There is a new crag!
The new Pandemic sport climbing crag bolted during lockdown is great for beginner to intermediate climbers with the shortest walk-in from the campsite and even complete with its own viewing and belaying deck. Climbers can enjoy a new 15,17,18,19 and 20 just before Baboon Buttress.
New routes guide:
Pandemic Crag at Tranquilitas.
The first crag that is reached downstream from the waterfall. 50 m after the bridge by the waterfall, the crag is on your left hand side, including Logger Sports. Follow the new path up and left.
East facing, beginner and intermediate routes on interesting and unusual quartzite features. Between 12 & 15 m high.
From Tranquilitas campsite follow path towards Baboon Buttress and God NO! wall. Keep left at the split.
- Quarantine Escape (18) 9D Start about 10m to the right of Loggers sport in the corner. Follow the bolted line to the top. FA Talia Behr August 2020.
- Vaxxer (16) 8D Start at the crack and follow the line up, through a small overhang. Shares 3 bolts with Anti-Vaxxer. FA Talia Behr August 2020
- Anti-Vaxxer (16) 8D Start to the right of Vaxxer on the yellow holds. Shares 3 bolts with Vaxxer. FA Arielle Behr August 2020
- Mysophobia (18) 9D Climbs through a series of overlaps on good red rock on left side of buttress. FA Arielle Behr April 2020.
- Essential Services (17) 9D Ascend up grey face in the middle of the buttress. FA Talia Behr April 2020.
- Lockdown (18) 9D Climbs through bulge using hidden handholds to reach upper face and interesting features. FA Talia Behr May 2020.
- Antivirus (15) 8D Climb up through groove to good face climbing above. FA Arielle Behr April 2020.
- 2020 (20) 9D On the buttress around the corner from Antivirus. Navigate a series of awkward cruxes to finish on the shared chains. FA Arielle Behr July 2020.
- Asymptomatic (19) 8D Climb the face on the right of 2020. Start on the tree branch if you are short. Shares chains with 2020. FA Arielle Behr July 2020.
Tranquilitas Covid policies
increased visitors in level 2, booking is now
required for camping along with regular accommodation bookings. Numbers are
restricted in the campsite and lapa to maintain social distancing so be sure to
book in advance when planning your weekend getaways. Shared ablutions and
common areas are cleaned regularly throughout the day and visitors are
encouraged to wash hands regularly and follow prescribed social distancing
New Permit Policy
Tranquilitas shares land access to the crags with the MCSA and have instituted a new permit policy to help keep the trails and crags maintained. Climbers, hikers and mountain bikers are required to purchase a permit for their recreational activities.
Following are the permit types and costs:
- Day = MCSA/ Tranquilitas+Mayhem R30 / Non Member R60
- Weekend (4 day) = MCSA/ Tranquilitas+Mayhem R50 / Non Member R100
- Month = MCSA / Tranquilitas+Mayhem R300 / Non Member R600
- Annual = MCSA / Tranquilitas+Mayhem R1 200 / Non Member R1 600
Permits will be offered at discounted rates to members of the MCSA or guests at Tranquilitas. MCSA club members will also receive a 10% discount at Tranquilitas for camping and until end of November, on chalets and perma-tents. All funds received will be distributed to the MCSA and Tranquilitas.
Parking at Tranquilitas with a permit will be free and demarcated spaces will be set aside. Permits will be mandatory and people found without one will be treated as trespassers and liable to prosecution.
Permits can be purchased from Tranquilitas.