Hiking Fixtures

Personal Emergency Contact Number

Please have your emergency contact number(s) under ICE (In Case of Emergency) in your cell phone and on a label/card of some sort attached to your daypack. Details should consist of your name, ID number, name of medical aid and membership number (your medical aid card should be with you too) and the name and number(s) of someone to contact. Emergency personnel will look for your ICE details. Local hospitals will not send out an ambulance or paramedics if your medical aid details are not available. Please carry these important details with you on each hike.

Most often changes are announced on Facebook.

Saturday Hikes

Please get to the starting point by 13h45 in order for the hike to begin on time. Some hikes start at different times.
For directions to the starting point, please PHONE the organiser between 12h00 and 12h45 on the day of the hike, don’t SMS.
Children are welcome but check suitability of hike with leader.
Please bring at least 1 litre of water, a snack for half time and a hat.

Sunday Hikes  (Full Day)

Always phone the hike leader beforehand to let him/her know to expect you on the hike.
Please try to get to the meeting places at least 10 minutes earlier to help with arranging lifts.
Bring the correct amount of money as change may not be available.
It is advisable to bring at least 2 litres of water, mid-morning snack, lunch and a hat.
Meeting Place  : Union Main Centre, Old Main Road,  Pinetown to depart at 08h00.  If there is a change to the meeting time or venue this will be noted in the hiking schedule below. This is not used that often.
If it is raining, please check with the hike leader before setting out for the meeting place.
NB  :   if you need a lift from the meeting place,  contact the hike leader or one of the hike organisers to arrange

Wednesday Morning Hikes: Organised by Coleen Seath

Please check details of the Wednesday Hikes with Colin Turner on 031 708 3517 or Coleen Seath on 031 202 2279 / 082 735 7659 (who will co-ordinate with leaders) You can also find out about the Wednesday hikes on the our Facebook page posted there a few days before.

 

 

Saturday HikesSunday Hikes

Sat 8 Jan 2022 Nkonka Trust
Jenny Rooks - 084 952 0622 | Grade 3 | 6km
Hike two loops in Nkonka Trust. Maytime Centre from M13, to end of Haygarth Rd. Drive down to parking area by 13.45. R20.00 donation. Hike along well maintained paths up hill and down hill, over grassland and some riverine bush. A conservation gem between lush Kloof and Westmead Industrial area. Could be hot so have plenty of water and a hat. BYO Sundowners to enjoy at the viewsite after the hike.

Sun 9 Jan 2022 Nagle Dam / Umgeni Bend (Cato Ridge)
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 3 | 15km
Hike through the tunnel and around the dam. BYO drinks/snacks and relax at the dam after the hike. Msinsi Reserve entrance ±R30 (bring credit card). Meet 08:15 Cato Ridge Motors (close to Eddie Haven Drive, Cato Ridge). Book by WhatsApp.

Sat 15 Jan 2022 Ngwenya Trail, Winston Park
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 2 | 6 km
Winston Park off ramp from M13, proceed along Jan Smuts Ave. Left at 4-way stop (still Jan Smuts), many speed bumps, to view site at the end. Meet at 13.45. Descend to contour path along cliff top on north side, views of Stockville Valley, to ocean in the east. Could be hot, so have water and a hat. Shade in the valley. BYO to enjoy as the sun sets.

Sun 16 Jan 2022 Kirk Falls & Delville Wood Station
Jonathan S - 082 420 9577 | Grade 3 | 11km
An interesting hike along some road, cane paths, Delville Wood Station, disused railway tunnels, dirt roads with views towards Shongweni Dam and impressive retaining walls. At the base of Kirk Falls on the Wekeweke River, trains emerge out of twin 1km tunnels. Kirkwood was the name of the farm owned by a Joseph Kirkman. Snack break at the falls and drinks at Shongweni Club afterwards. Meet and park 08:00 at Denny Mushroom Shongweni car park (tip security on return) on Mr559 (left off Kassier Rd). Book by WhatsApp.

Sat 22 Jan 2022 Burman Bush
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 3 | 7km
Meet 13.45 at Burman Bush, 101 Burman Drive, (lower security gate). R10.00 per car for car guard. Hike in this 55 hectare sand dune forest gem in suburbia. Philip knows all the loops, and view sites.

Sun 23 Jan 2022 Blythedale Beach & Forest
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2 | 15km
Hike along the beach to the Mvoti Estuary (a river mouth and a natural heritage site with prolific birdlife) and back through Jon’s mystical forest (a typical marine wilderness north coast forest with some protected milkwood trees and vegetation). Meet 06:45 Sibaya Casino (left side of the parking lot near the entrance) or 07:30 Blythedale Beach parking. Petrol sharing R50. Book by WhatsApp.

Sat 29 Jan 2022 Alverston Wildlife Park
Steve Verreynne - 083 956 1556 | Grade 3 | 7km
(Cancelled in Dec. due to rain) Exit 33 from M13, right into Kassier Rd, left at robot opposite Busamed Hospital into Alverstone Rd (D435). Entry R20.00. Meet at 13.45. Hike over grassland and through riverine forests, up and down some narrow paths, past dams, waterfalls. Could be hot. BYO drinks and food for a braai. Fires provided. Gate closes 19.00.

Sun 30 Jan 2022 Kloof to Hillcrest Rail Walk
Jenny Rooks - 084 952 0622 | Grade 3 | 18km
Easy but long walk along a footpath from Kloof Station to Hillcrest Station and with Umgeni Steam Train running on the last Sunday of the month, we might get to meet up with it. Donation R20 to the Kloof Project. Meet 08:00 Kloof Station (Stokers Arms). Book by WhatsApp.

Sat 5 Feb 2022 Springside Nature Reserve
Ismail Vahed - 083 786 6733 | Grade 2 | 6km
Note: Early start time of 13.00. From Old Main Rd in Hillcrest, right into Short Rd (robot at Shell Garage) right at T-junction into Springside Rd, Reserve in the dip on the left. Meet at 12.45. Hike several loops along well maintained paths and bridges. A favorite reserve with Birders and wild flower enthusiasts.

Sun 6 Feb 2022 Everton Conservancy
Peter Mcelwee - 078 611 0752 | Grade 2 | 12km
Ideal easy and beautiful summer hike taking in both the Porcupine and Gillitts waterfalls and exploring Everton Conservancy. Bordering KKNR Longshadow, it's the oldest urban conservancy in South Africa with an incredibly rich biodiversity. Donation R30. Meet to start hiking 08:00. Parking is the grass verge off Molweni Road, just past Ocean View Drive intersection where it meets Everton Rd Conservancy. Book by WhatsApp.

Sat 12 Feb 2022 AGM – no hike planned

Sun 13 Feb 2022 Inanda Mountain
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 3 | 18km
New hike! A hike that will take us to the top of iNanda Mountain which towers over iNanda Dam. The views all around are considered to be the absolute best in Durban. A great bird watching opportunity with birds of prey that hunt off the cliff faces and sometimes glide close by. Fee R50 (members) or R70 (nonmembers). For an early start, meet 07:15 Sasol Garage Avoca (N2 exit 177 for Curnick Ndlovu Hwy (KwaMashu Inanda)) to drive in convoy to Matata Adventures (in Maphephetheni area near Meyiwa Primary School) where cars will be safely parked. Booking by WhatsApp.

Sat 19 Feb 2022 St Hillier into Giba Gorge
Jenny Rooks - 084 952 0622 | Grade 2 | 8km
From M13 take Winston Park off ramp, turn right across M13, first left to St Hillier Dam (just before Toyota Showroom). Opposite dam turn left under bridge (St Hillier Rd). Continue past Security hut, road bends left, park on left. Meet 13.45, donation R20.00 for Conservancy. Hike down into gorge next to bubbling stream, and under N3 into Giba Gorge Bike Park. Snack break next to dams. Return through indigenous forest part of the way. Drinks possible at Hay Way, Gillitts, afterwards.

Sun 20 Feb 2022 Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve
Stella Wells - 078 319 8979 | Grade 2 | 10km
Hike through grassland, bush and across a few streams with game and bird viewing. Use tick repellent. There will be a few refreshment stops. Finish around lunch time. ±R50 entry fee. Meet 08:00 main parking area (to the left of main entrance). Book by WhatsApp.

Sat 26 Feb 2022 Krantzklood Nature Reserve, Nkuthu Gate
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 3 | 6km
Note: Early start time; 11.00. Waterfall end of Krantzkloof Nature Reserve: Kloof Falls Rd from Kloof, pass main picnic site. Road becomes Bridle Rd. Continue to 3-way stop in Waterfall, right into King George, over speed bumps, road becomes Valley Rd. In the dip, Nkuthu picnic site on right. Entry R50.00 pp, or Rhino Card. Meet at 10.45. Hike part of Forest Trail over grassland with wonderful views of the gorge, Kloof and towards the ocean. Leave Reserve by 15.00.

Sun 27 Feb 2022 Stockville Valley
Abdullah Dada - 084 478 6779 | Grade 3 vertigo | 17km
Walk to St Helier through Giba Gorge and scramble up to the pylon and Winston Park. Hike continues towards Stockville Valley, across grasslands and past interesting old homesteads before the uphill climb back to the cars. Hike may also be done in reverse. Meet 08:00 at rear of new Checkers Centre (cnr Old Main and Stockville Roads) Gillitts. Book by WhatsApp.

Sat 5 Mar 2022 Durban Beach Front
Biff Maggs - 082 609 9684 | Grade 2 | 10 km.
Park in Pirates Car Park (Please pay car guard), or at SunCoast parking. Meet on Promenade in front of SunCoast Wimpy at 13.45 to start at 14.00. Walk up and down Promenade, and down Notties Pier, then down North Pier. Drinks at Tiger Milk, near Barnyard.

Sun 6 Mar 2022 Beach Bums (Casuarina Beach)
Peter Mcelwee - 078 611 0752 | Grade 2 | 15km
Hike up and down hills, across a nursery, through some bush and along a bit of beach. Variety and fun guaranteed! Hike will finish around lunch time. Optional swim/ drinks/ lunch at Beach Bums afterwards. Meet 07:30 at 65 Casuarina Rd (next to Beach Bums). Book by WhatsApp.

Sat 12 Mar 2022 Morewood FarmTrails
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 3 | 8km
Park at Morewood Farm in Springside Rd (short way past Springside Nature Reserve, on the right) by 13.45. Entry R30.00. Hike along bike trails through pine plantation, riverine bush and grassland. Bikers have “right of way”. Variety of refreshment on sale after the hike.

Sun 13 Mar 2022 Krantzkloof NR from Nkutu
Roland Smith - 066 111 1488 | Grade 4 vertigo | 17km
Roland will lead an adventurous hike from the Nkutu entrance as parking at the main entrance is quite limited. The Wall, 10 Feet Crossing (Sauros Pools), Lingwood Beacon, Uve Road, Nkonka Crack, Forest Trail could all be on the cards. Come prepared with sufficient hydration and energy snacks. Entrance +R50. Meet 07:15 Nkutu picnic site (62 Valley Dr, Forest Hill). Book by WhatsApp.

Sat 19 Mar 2022 Virginia Bush Nature Reserve
Tina Regnard - 083 289 6276 | Grade 2 | 9km
Meet at Virginia Airport parking by 13.45. Walk through suburb to Virginia Bush to enjoy old coastal sand dune forest vegetation and birdsong. Many paths and loops in this urban reserve. Possibly drinks at the Wings Club at Virginia Airport.

Sun 20 Mar 2022 Baynesfield Estate (Richmond/ Thornville Junction)
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3 | 18km
Long weekend Enjoy hiking on this beautiful estate. Donation R20. Bring own drinks for after the hike. Meet 07:30 Union Main in Pinetown or at 08:20 at the entrance to Baynesfield to start hiking at 08:30. From Durban N3 take exit 61 toward Richmond Umbumbulu then P338 to destination. Petrol sharing R60. Book by WhatsApp.

Sat 26 Mar 2022 Clifton Tower
Abdullah Dada - 084 478 6779 | Grade 3 | 8km
From M13, Exit 33, left into Kassier Rd, over Toll Road, left towards Shongweni Dam. Park at Mushroom Farm on left, by 13.45. Hike at 14.00, through sugar cane fields, up to tower. Views east over Giba Gorge towards the coast. Continue down a steep path, onto farm land, boundary of Giba Gorge. Return to cars. Please tip the Security for parking. Drinks at Shongweni Club.

Sun 27 Mar 2022 Kelso / Pennington (recce)
Shirley & Barry Moore - 082 717 6991 | Grade 2 | 15km
We have a team of keen hikers on the South Coast recceing hikes for us. First will be in Pennington / Kelso area. Details will be supplied closer to the time.