Hi all. This past weekend I overheard a converstaion where people disgussed the safety of hiking in the Drakensberg, more specifically high berg and I was shocked at what I heard. From people being told to avoid the berg from hiking in big groups and being armed. The sad thing the discussion was between experienced hikers all belonging to hiking clubs. This made me think how many people are discouraged to hike the high berg because of these misconceptions. Yes, some parts of the berg are safer than others and there has been incidents in the past but I for one has not heard of any attacks or incidents in the last couple of years. If hiking clubs would rather avoid the berg and discourage people how will people wanting to hike the berg be able to do so if they don’t want to go at it on their own. In South Africa safety is never a gurantee, not even in your local park but I feel the Drakensberg gets unfair bad reputation. Does anyone know when the last incident in the berg was?
What is your opinion on safety in the Drakensberg and the reputation surrounding it?