A sudden spike in COVID19 cases, and associated contacts, resulted in our Grade 10 Giants Journey being postponed until November. However for those staff who would have been accompanying the pupils on their 15-day odyssey, this became an opportunity to grow. We headed up to the Drakensberg Escarpment to get 4 days of good experience, that would only benefit the postponed Grade 10’s Giants Journey.
While a number of staff had already attended a mountain leader course, there ultimately is no substitute for experience. And so it was that 13 staff members headed into the Mnweni region of the Drakensberg on Friday morning. Our route took us up Ntonjelana pass, across to the Mponjwana/Rockeries region where the source of the Orange river lies. In doing so, we passed the north and south peaks that create the iconic feature known as ‘The Saddle’. We also had the opportunity to look at an active breeding colony of Cape Vultures.