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Learn the essential hiking skills to safely hike in South Africa. Learn about overnight hiking, equipment and planning your hike

If you want to learn the basics and be safer in the mountains, then this is the course for you. We will show you all you need to know to get started and what equipment you will need. It takes place on paths in easy low mountain hiking areas. It does not cover mountain leadership or group supervision.

This is a mainly practical course in the basics of hiking. The skills learned on this course will help to make you into a confident hiker, equipped with the correct knowledge to walk safely in the hills of South Africa. It takes place in the foothills of the Drakensberg and in the Hilton area of the KZN Midlands. A total of 2 nights are spent sleeping either in caves or in tents in the Drakensberg. You need to be fairly fit and have some personal outdoor clothing and equipment. Items such as tents, mattresses, stoves and sleeping bags are provided on request.

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  • Equipment care and usage
  • Packing
  • On trail navigation and map reading
  • Nutrition
  • Camp craft
  • Elementary weather
  • Common hazard avoidance
  • Basic Emergency procedures
  • MDT and NQF training and qualification structure and skills
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