Drakensberg

Just received this email, and thought it would be useful to remind again, given that there may be a whole stack of you heading for the mountains this festive season. If you do, enjoy it, and we want to see some pictures and get feedback! Have a great festive season, and enjoy the new years festivities responsibly.

Seems like a crazy preposition doesn’t it? Imagine my surprise when I stumbled onto this question posted by someone on the net.

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

We recently became aware that a certain tour company is advertising four by four trips to Mont Aux Sources, Tugela Falls, Sentinel and Amphitheatre. We would like to bring it to your attention that all these areas fall within the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (UDP WHS) and that any unauthorised vehicular access is in contravention of the law.

Aged 89, another pioneer in Drakensberg mountaineering passed away recently.

A 69-year-old hiker was airlifted from Ntonjelana Pass, September 26th, 2009, after he became unwell and it was feared that he may suffer a heart attack.

The fatal snakebite incident involving Ian Miller in 1955 has been immortalised by the details published in Dragon's Wrath and Barrier of Spears. Some interesting details have now been released about the rescue.

Dagga to the street value of R1.2 million was seized by the police close to the Qacha’s Nek border post on Thursday morning, September 4th.

August through to October is normally a period of strong winds in the Drakensberg. This is accompanied by many fires, which are fuelled by the wind and the dryness. A major fire broke out at Cathedral Peak on Wednesday.

This year marks the first ever International Vulture Awareness Day to be held on the 5th of September 2009. Vulture numbers are decreasing dramatically all over the world, and it is not only specific to one or two species, rather it is across the board. This event has been arranged and co-ordinated by EWT's Birds of Prey Working Group and The Hawk Conservancy Trust.

Two hikers got stuck on a descent of what they thought was Tseketseke Pass and were safely airlifted from a snow-covered Drakensberg on August 10th.

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