A personal account of the Grand Traverse Record event of 17-20 December 2008 in which the ten year old record was finally beaten in a new time of 3 days, 9 hours and 52 minutes.

The 10 year old Grand Traverse record was finally smashed on December 20 with a time of 3 days 9 hours and 53 minutes!

The Mweni Cultural Centre won a Jet Community Award in the "Vukuzenzele (Small Enterprise)” category for the KwaZulu Natal region, at the end of October.

The purpose of this article is to point out some very important and timeless principles of safety for hikers in the Drakensberg Mountains.

The Didima-Tlanyaku area of the Northern Berg continues to be one of the most significant smuggling corridors in the entire Drakensberg. A recent scare involving a group of hikers camping in the area serves as a fresh reminder.

More on a historical note, the delightful Poacher's Cave and Leopard Cave in the Ndedema Gorge of the Cathedral Peak area, were closed to hikers at the end of 2007.

The Maloti-Drakensberg trans-frontier area was one of the special areas listed for investment and development, starting 2010, at a recent conference held under the Boundless Southern Africa banner involving several countries within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

In an effort to fight crime and raise awareness 5 ladies aim to climb 5 Drakensberg peaks in 5 days. Vivien Laverge, Michelle Holiday, Lorraine Dalton, Belinda van der Riet and Lee Hollington will climb Cathedral Peak, Outer Horn, The Mitre, The Cockade, and Cleft Peak in October.

A new tourism route has recently been established in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal which includes some areas of the Central and Northern Drakensberg. From Hidcote it extends 140 km to Sterkfontein Dam, including Estcort, Winterton, Bergville, Weenen, Geluksburg and Spionkop Dam along the way.

A recent trip to the Giants Castle area was rewarded with fantastic game viewing, but dampened by the sad sight of the Giant's Hut without a roof and in a terrible state of disrepair.