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I (Don)take Hikes in the Southern Drakensberg. Often I am accompanied by my wife(Helen), a trained nurse. We love our backyard and are familiar with the fauna flora and history of the region. We have made it our mission to familiarise ourselves with the rich collection of Cave Rock Art which the Drakensberg is famous for. 

Q Who are your clients?

We work with and for tour operators and on our own.
Overseas hikers usually 2 - 4 in a group referred to us from local Accomodation facilities.
South African groups, usually family size of 3 - 6
South African school groups and teachers of about 20.

Q What should I bring with?

Water bottle /Strong shoes /WindCheater/ A hat - sun screen /A days Rations/snacks. In the summer, a costume. In the winter, warm clothes in day pack.

Q What is the fee per person?

The Basic fee is most economical for a group of (6). This does not include Ezemvelo permit which is R60 or R70 pperson depending on where it is bought. At present a camping fee is R120/night. Overseas clients pay R100/day for the permit.

Q Where are you based?

We live in central Underberg and work the Southern Drakensberg valleys from Lotheni to Bushman's nek.

Q What are your most popular day hikes?

Garden Castle; Cobham ;Sani Pass and Bushman's nek area have popular day hikes. Lotheni requires more than a day due to travel time. Hikes to Bushman paintings outside the Park can be arranged.

Q How do you plan your clients hikes?

Firstly we consider fitness (The capabilities of the least fit in the group)
2. Interests of the group. Rock Art ; Swimming; Caves, Camping.
4.In the winter we try to avoid burnt areas.
5. In the summer we are aware of river crossings.

Q When is the best time to hike in the Southern Drakensberg?

April - May - June. (less rain and infrequent smoke)
Fire breaks start in June, burning ends by August.
We hike all year round.

Q What challenges do experience from hiking Clients?

1. Inadequate Footwear. - worn in boots are best
2. Sprained ankles.- Boots lower this risk.
3. Cuts and bruises. Bring some plasters - we carry first aid.
4.Sun burn. Wear a hat and spread it liberally
5.Bad weather protection gear. A Wind cheather goes a long way.

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