There are just two months left until six of Qwantani’s staff members will be embarking on their journey through the Drakensberg Grand Traverse. This is a backpacking hike, typically from Witsieshoek through to Bushman’s Nek. However, the team will be attempting for the very first time to hike from Qwantani Berg and Bush Resort to Bushman’s Nek Berg and Trout Resort. The trail takes about 12 to 13 days and includes the highest points in South and Southern Africa, Mafadi and Thabana Ntlenyana.
The hike is at an average altitude of just over 3000 metres above sea level. The total ascent during of the hike is in excess of 8000 metres and there are about 28 “climbs” in excess of 200 metres. No technical skill is required; the “climbs” are essentially steep ascents. There are no facilities on the mountains therefore the staff will have to ensure that they are fully equipped with the correct medical supplies, food, weather and clothing gear such as:
- Hiking boots
- Thermal sleeping bag
“The team is very excited and we have already begun altitude training. We are still trying to get some sponsors involved and to help us out with a couple of things such as food supplies. We do have a kit list available of the items that we need for our hike. If anyone wants to make a donation or sponsor the team they are welcome to email me on email@example.com. We will be sending through regular updates and planting the First Resorts flag at each check point.” says Gerhard, Qwantani Resort Manager