Hiking

Project Namahadi was a team building excercise conducted in an area of the Drakensberg that sees relatively few hikers. The following is a journal of that trip, which provides some useful insights and information for others that may want go there too.

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

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.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff in the Royal Natal National Park in the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site report that Mr Luan Carter (19) of Harrismith fell to his death from the head of the Thukela Falls in the early hours of today - 23 July 2008.

An 18 year old UK visitor to the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park is lucky to be alive after falling 20 metres in the dark at Monk's Cowl on Thursday night 22 May 2008.

A group of hikers returning in the dark felt the brunt of the bitterly cold, winter conditions of the Drakensberg. Two people died and others were admitted to hospital. The drama unfolded on the road near Mt Aux Sources, leading up to Sentinel Car Park, and once again raises the issue of ill-prepared hikers on this quick access point to the summit of the Drakensberg. 

Ezemvelo ZKN Wildlife (EKZNW), as the managing authority of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (UDP) is concerned about the physical impact of large hiking parties in wilderness areas of the Park. KZNW has long been insisting that hiking parties number no less than four for safety reasons, and is now recommending that the maximum limit be 12 hikers.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife reports that two visitors to the Royal Natal National Park section of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site died when they were caught in the flames of a runaway veld fire that had swept into the Park from across the Tugela River last week.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff in the Giant's Castle section of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site report the rescue on Monday night 15 Janaury 2007 of two foreign visitors who became lost while hiking in the Park.