Body of missing hiker found near Cape Town

2012-11-06 10:36
(Robert Barclay via Facebook)

(Robert Barclay via Facebook)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The body of a missing hiker was retrieved from a deep gorge in the Bainskloof mountains on Tuesday morning, the Western Cape health department said.

Emergency services spokesperson Keri Davids said a rescue team spent two hours getting the body out of the 250m gorge, located on the Wellington side of the Bainskloof Pass.

The discovery followed three days of intense searching across the mountain range, with between 30 and 79 people combing about 500 hectares of rocky and steep terrain.

The man was staying with friends at a lodge on Eerste Tol and went for a walk at around 18:00 on Saturday. He did not take a backpack or refreshments with him. According to the authorities, the man was an experienced hiker.

The Cape Times on Tuesday named the missing man as Robert Barclay, 23, who ran several safari camps in Botswana. It also reported that several ace trackers from Botswana were being flown to Cape Town to assist in the search.

Read more on:    botswana  |  cape town  |  search and rescue

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


China's air pollution at doomsday levels

China has long been struggling with air pollution issues but just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse – it has.



Moving short film on ivory trade
10 Tips for Greener Shopping
How safe are your baby products?
5 maps that will change the way you see the world

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The pace may be slow today and you may struggle to get things off the ground level, but it is important to focus on the more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.