@SafetyMountain Tracking is an initiative of the Hikers Network.

It all started when one of the founding members of the Hikers Network (Anwaaz Bent), suggested that members “check in” with him, before heading out into the mountains.

This was for safety and other reasons:-

  • Initially, the primary reason for checking in, was to allow Anwaaz (who was the most active Wilderness Search And Rescue manager at the time), to know where members were in relation to a patient, in the event of a possible mountain rescue call. This was to provide assistance and other information relating to local conditions, should a member be in the nearby vicinity.

Anwaaz then realized the potential of expanding this:-

  • As a safety mechanism, should the member, or someone in his or her party require assistance.
  • This could also be used as a tool to render assistance to other hikers who they may come across.
  • For reporting any incident that may be of interest to the authorities.

Back then in 2010, Smart Phones were not that fashionable, so the system mainly relied on “dumb” phones, via SMS.

Then, when the Blackberry became a tool, members started using BBM and emails as a means of communicating with each other, in real time via the cellphone.

Of course, with the introduction of WhatsApp, the horizons widened and members could communicate far more easily, transferring all sorts of information in various formats.

Then another member, Tim Lundy, suggested to Anwaaz that we open up a service to the public, where selected members of the Hikers Network could form a team of trackers, to monitor this WhatsApp group.

From there it grew, with more and more members of the Hikers Network, as well as members of the public joining up for this safety initiative.

Over the years, thousands of outdoor users have been tracked while partaking in various disciplines, such as hiking, mountaineering, climbing, trail running, caving, kayaking and even boating. We have tracked people all over South Africa, and abroad using this means.

Quite a few incidents have already been dealt with by our trackers, including missing persons, injured hikers, as well as cases of erosion, fallen trees and wildfires too.

As they say, the rest is history, since this tracking service has grown to multiple WhatsApp groups including a “management” and an “incident” group.

For more information about this service which is provided by our dedicated volunteers, please click here.

Be out and be safe.



Linda Ungerer · December 26, 2017 at 9:16 am

This is an excellent inititive, I am sorry I only found out about it now.

Thanks a million GUYS!!!

Michael Wilcox · February 14, 2018 at 2:26 pm

Dear Linda,

Thank you for your comment.


Gill Weinberg · March 2, 2018 at 6:29 pm

I too am grateful for this service so thank you.
Only found out about it today after a life of hiking.
Gill Weinberg 02March 2018

Michael Wilcox · March 5, 2018 at 3:12 pm

Dear Gill,

Thank you for your comment.

We are glad that you have come across SafetyMountain Tracking

Sandra Clark · April 15, 2018 at 8:21 am

Dear team,

Sent a message on your app to please delete my number 0833275252 but I am still receiving all the messages.

Please can you assist and thanks so much for your great work.

Kind regards
Sandra Clark

Zaahied Sallie · April 15, 2018 at 9:35 am

Consideration for others is a great virtue. Thank you for starting a great initive that assists the well being of Cape Town’s hikers.

Anwaaz · April 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm

Hi Sandra
can you please just leave the group .

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