When you surf the Internet, you'll find numerous codes of conduct and suggestions for hikers. We take hike safety very seriously and we hope you will do the same. We follow the "HikeSafe Hiker Responsibility Code" that focuses on six easy to implement principles.

 

You are responsible for yourself, so be prepared:

 

With knowledge and gear

Become self-reliant by learning about the terrain, conditions, local weather and your equipment before you start. By reading our guidebook, you already have taken important steps in preparing for your hiking adventure in South Africa.

To leave your plans

Tell someone where you are going, the trails you are hiking, when you’ll return and your emergency plans. Don't forget to write down your cell phone number for the person you leave the trail description with.

To stay together

When you start as a group, hike as a group, end as a group. Pace your hike to the slowest person. Try avoiding hiking by yourself. If in doubt, take a local guide with you.

To turn back

Weather can change quickly in the raining season. Fatigue and unexpected conditions can also affect your hike. Know your limitations and when to postpone your hike. Be especially cognizant of the danger of weather changes in the mountains.

For emergencies

Even if you are headed out for just an hour, an injury, severe weather or a wrong turn could become life-threatening. Don’t assume you will be rescued; know how to rescue yourself.

To share

To share the hiker code with others.

Based on http://hikesafe.com

 

We also recommend that you do not pick flowers or other plants, that you don't play loud music, that you do not disturb animals and that you do not litter while on the trail. You can improve the hiking experience of others by collecting some litter as well.

Check out this great video which was produced as part of the Hike Safety Project. Although it was developed for hiking in the green mountains of New Hampshire in the US, the lessons learned from the hikers in the video are equally relevant to hikers in South Africa.

Video: Hike Safe: It's Your Responsibility