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Neil is a driven and focused individual who loves to inspire and teach people. He is very knowledgeable and experienced in mountaineering and rock climbing, having been in the mountains since he was a child. Neil has also organised many climbing events and is the founder of the South African National Climbing Federation and on the committee of the Mountain Club of South Africa.


Technical Skills

Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Mountain Walking, Training, Event Organising.



The south African Climbing Academy facilitates training and assessment in many skills relating to Abseiling, Mountain Walking, Rock Climbing and Mountaineering, including: 

  • Youth Training
  • Facilitating Competition Climbing
  • Facilitating access to Climbing Venues
  • Bolting and Equipping Climbing Venues
  • Introducing Adults and Youth to Climbing and Mountain Walking
  • Professional Guiding from Small Half Day Trips to Major Expeditions



Neil Margetts was a capable guide, I felt safe in his care on the Leslie's Pass Drakensburg trip. He had creative ideas and enhanced our experience. Exceptional!
David Evans

I would, without hesitation, recommend Neil as a climbing guide, not only because of his solid technical ability in rock climbing, but also because of his passion and commitment to the sport and willingness to share it with others.
Allard Hüfner

I first met Neil over 17 years ago, while he was involved in the construction of the chain ladder on the Johannesburg Hiking Club's property. His preparation and knowledge of hiking is extensive and he has many years of experience behind him. I would recommend him as a mountain walking guide.

Angelo Denicolo

Neil has a good knowledge about the environment and his surroundings. I also find that he motivates and encourages everyone.
Caryn Waldeck

For his extensive involvement in and contributions to the Mountain Club of South Africa at the national level, Mr Margetts received the prestigious President's Award which testifies to his leadership and organisational skills. I also believe he has the technical skills to safely and professionally guide adventure activities related to outdoor sports and recreational activities.
Dobroslaw Karol Pater
Chairman, Johannesburg Section
Mountain Club of South Africa

I’m a student from Belgium who is doing a 4 month internship in South-Africa. I recently booked myself a 3 day hiking/climbing trip to the ‘Drakensberg’. Neil is a very social person who knows what he is talking about. We went up the famous “Chain Ladder” and walked up to Mount Amery. This was a 24km hiking trip that is definitely worth doing. You are literally walking in the middle of nowhere. Neil senses very well when you are a fit person or not, when to rest, when to leave you for a moment and lets you walk alone to feel the experience even more. On the Sentinel Peak climb, Neil was very supportive and explained everything very well what made me feel very secure and safe.
Bert De Jonghe