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.
Cell : 082 990 5876
Email : rescue
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:
If you are interested in joining the rescue team, please review the document at the bottom of this page titled "About the Mountain Search and Rescue Team" and/or contact any of the rescue organisers listed below. It would also be a good idea to familiarise yourself with the following documents (which are available as attachments at the bottom of the Technical Notes page):