Minimum Impact – Leave No Trace environmental principals by hikers
The "Minimum Impact - Leave No Trace" environmental principals by hikers applicable to the Maloti-Drakensberg Park.
Plan ahead & prepare
- Know the rules and regulations of the Park.
- Prepare for extreme weather and emergencies in terms of clothing, equipment and food.
- Plan your route and use a hiking map, a compass or GPS to assist you.
- Hike in groups of between 4 and 8, but no more than 12 in the wilderness area.
- Complete the mountain rescue register correctly and in detail.
- Be aware of the security risk on the escarpment or in Lesotho and do not leave your equipment unattended.
Travel & camp on durable surfaces
- Walk on existing trails and camp on durable surfaces such as rock, gravel or dry grass.
- Camp 100m or 5 minutes walk from the trail and water.
- Good campsites are found and not made.
Dispose of waste properly
- If you packed it in, then please pack it out!
- Bury solid human waste, hygiene products and toilet paper at least 15cm deep.
- Wash and defecate 100 m or 5 minutes walk away from water, campsites, caves, and trails.
- Use biodegradable toilet paper and washing products.
Leave what you find
- Take only pictures, leave only your footprints!
- Protect and preserve our cultural heritage.
- No camping is allowed in caves containing rock art or artifacts.
- Leave plants and other natural objects as you found them. DO NOT deface rocks with graffiti.
- DO NOT build cairns or other structures.
Minimise camp fire impacts
- Fires are not allowed in the Park except in designated camping sites.
- Fires and the collection of firewood devastate the environment.
- Use lightweight camping sloves for cooking and gas or candle lanterns for light.
- Respect the environment around you.
- Do not disturb or feed animals.
Be considerate of other visitors
- Respect and protect the quality of other people's wilderness experience.
- Avoid loud voices and noises such as radios.