Search & Rescue

In the event of a mountain rescue emergency it is best to try and contact the local KZN Wildlife ranger in the Drakensberg, and report the matter to them first. If this is not possible, or if you are not in the Drakensberg, you must dial 0800 005133 and report that this is a “mountain rescue”. The operator will in turn contact one of the MCSA rescue organisers.

The KwaZulu-Natal Section has, since 1919, assisted and then later took the lead, in providing mountain search and rescue services in the province. The volunteer teams are based in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, and Zululand, and are trained in most aspects of mountain and high angle rescue. This service is provided in conjunction with the Provincial EMRS, SA Police Services and SA Air Force. The following services are provided:

  • High Altitude Mountain Rescues in the Drakensberg
  • Search and Rescue of missing persons in the Drakensberg
  • High angle and steep slope rescues in other areas of the province
  • Body recoveries in mountainous areas

If you are interested in joining the rescue team, please contact any of the rescue organisers.


0800 005 133

Keep this number in case of an emergency.  |

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