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.

Saturday Hikes

Please get to the starting point by 13h45 in order for the hike to begin on time.
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.
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.

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Saturday HikesSunday Hikes

Sat 29 Dec 2018 Crowned Eagle Conservancy and Iphithi Nat. Res.
Ann - 083 666 5630 | Grade 2, easy | 7km
Park at Gillitts Post Office, York Rd, Gillitts at 13.45. Donations R30. Reclaimed wetlands in 2 conservancies. Walk down Stockville Rd to Crowned Eagle Conservancy, continue back across M13 to Iphithi Nature Reserve. Drinks in piazza where cars are parked.

Sun 30 Dec 2018 No hike scheduled – join Saturday Ramblers

Sat 5 Jan 2019 Nkuthu upper and Lower Falls: Red trail
Ann - 083 666 5630 | 4, strenuous | 6 km.
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. Meet 13.45. R40.00 entrance. Hike across river, steep paths down to each waterfall, some boulder clambering. Bring refreshments for after in the picnic site.

Sun 6 Jan 2019 Burman Bush
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | 2- moderate | 7 km
Kick off the New Year by remembering murdered musician Simon Milliken. Burman Bush is once again safe for us to walk through, with the vagrants cleared out and security guards patrolling regularly. Park at Mitchell Park to start 07.30

Sat 12 Jan 2019 Alverstone Wildlife Park
Werner - 084 206 7836 | 3, moderate, | 8 km
Exit 33 from M13, right over M13 into Kassier Rd, left opposite Hillcrest Pvt Hospital (Busamed) into Alverstone Rd (D435). Meet at 13.45. Entrance R20.00. Hike over grassland and through riverine forest, some game viewing. BYO braai in boma afterwards.

Sun 13 Jan 2019 Kloof Ramble
Jill Dunstone - 084 7800 818 | 2-moderate | 14 km
An easy, scenic walk with lots of shade. Incorporating Memorial Park and Uve Road. Finish by lunch time. Park at Tina’s Hotel and stay for drinks after. Start walking 07.30

Sat 19 Jan 2019 Springside Nature Reserve
Steve - 083 956 1556 | 2, easy to mod. | 7 km.
Meet at 13.15 (early start as Reserve closes early). Donation of R20.00. Hike across the grasslands south of the reserve before doing a few twists and loops in this delightful Nature Reserve.

Sun 20 Jan 2019 Ambers Howick
Margret Kirsten - |
Join Margret Kirsten and the Shawswood weekend away team for a walk led from the Ambers on the Karkloof road outside Howick. See Facebook closer to the time.

Sat 26 Jan 2019 Burman Bush
Werner - 084 206 7836 | 2, moderate | 8 km.
Park in Nimmo Rd between Jameson Park and Mitchel Park. (car guards) 13.45. Hike through Morningside to main gate in Burman St. Guard will accompany us as we do several loops of this gem in suburbia. Return passed some stately residences.

Sun 27 Jan 2019 South Coast Surprise!
Anne Wilson - 079 850 0206 | 2-moderate | 12 km
New recce hike from Anne. Start 07.30 from the Happy Wanderers car park (just before Pennington). Some road, some beach and some tracks (no cane). Drinks after at Happy Wanderers. Meet Glenwood Centre for lift sharing to leave latest 06.30 – R50 petrol sharing 4x up.

Sat 2 Feb 2019 Bluff Nature Reserve
Arthur - 083 482 3590 | 1, easy | 6 km
Park in the Reserve by 13.30, after paying entrance R20.00 at the gate. Durban’s oldest Nature Reserve consisting of large wetland and adjacent forest. Bring binoculars for possible bird spotting. BYO refreshments for afterwards, before closing at 17.00.

Sun 3 Feb 2019 Sunrise Promenade Walk
Jill Dunstone - 084 780 0818 | 1 – easy | 10 km
Postponed from December. Meet Sun Coast Casino car park at 05.30 and bring your cameras. Not really a hike – more a leisurely stroll to admire the view and take photographs. Breakfast back at the Wimpy at the Casino.

Sat 9 Feb 2019 AGM. No hike

Sun 10 Feb 2019 Gromor
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | 2-moderate | 15 km
A moderate hike through the old railway nursery, across the railway bridge and back to Inchanga. Meet Union Main, Pinetown, in time for prompt 07.30 departure, or Inchanga Station at 08.00. R30 petrol sharing from Pinetown.

Sat 16 Feb 2019 Paradise Valley
Ismail - 083 786 6733 | 2, easy/mod | 6 km
Park in Oxford Rd (car guard) to meet inside Reserve by 13.30. Entrance R30.00 Good ‘beginners’ hike through indigenous bush, bridges over the river, remains of early water works and views of the cascades.

Sun 17 Feb 2019 Stainbank Nature Reserve
Stella Wells - 078 319 8979 | 2 – easy | 10 km
Meet in the main parking area at 07.30; R40 entry fee. Hike through grassland, bush and across a few streams. Game and bird viewing – use tick repellent. Finish around lunch time –BYO

Sat 23 Feb 2019 New Germany Nature Reserve
Steve - 083 956 1556 | 3, mod. | 7+km
Park and meet in Nature Reserve by 13.30 as early closing time. Hike over grasslands and through indigenous bush. Steve may surprise us en route....

Sun 24 Feb 2019 Isipingo Circuit
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | 2-moderate | 15 km
Explore the beaches behind the old airport – opportunities for a quick dip, so bring your cozzie. Meet at the end of Calicut Place in Merewent overlooking the Umlaas canal cutting for 07.00 start.

Sat 2 Mar 2019 Palmiet Nature Reserve
Werner - 084 206 7836 | 3 vertigo | 7 km
Off Old New Germany Rd, Westville. Meet 13.45, donation R30.00 to Conservancy. River crossings, indigenous bush and grassland; snack at cascades. Drinks afterwards at Waxy O’Connor’s

Sun 3 Mar 2019 Kloof Beacon
Abdullah Dada - 084 478 6778 | 3 vertigo | 12 km
Meet at the main car park for 08.00 start. R40 park fees. Hike through the forest and up to the beacon and then back along the river. Drinks at Tina’s afterwards.

Sat 9 Mar 2019 Giba Gorge
Steve - 083 956 1556 | 4, moderate, | 8 km
Meet at main parking area by 13.45. Entrance R30.00. Hike along bike trails in some shade to cascades. Refreshment on terrace afterwards.

Sun 10 Mar 2019 Mt Moreland Part 11
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 |
Join Jon as he explores new routes around Mt Moreland. This is a continuation of the exploration from last year of the EMBA trails. Jon has never been on some of them, so come prepared. Meet Virginia Airport for 07.30 departure to Mt Moreland village green for 08.00. BYO drinks & snacks to celebrate safe return afterwards. Petrol sharing R15.

Sat 16 Mar 2019 Winston Park into Stockville Valley
Werner - 084 206 7836 | 4, strenuous, | 8 km
Meet at Gillits Post Office at 13.45. Hike through Winston Park, into Conservancy through private property. Steep down and steep return! Drinks afterwards at Gillits Centre.

Sun 17 Mar 2019 Illovo River Trail
Anna Kapp - 071 427 7139 | 3 - moderate | 18 km
Hike along the Illovo River and then along the sand to Winkle Beach. Back though cane fields to the Illovo Brewery parking – sadly, the brewery has closed. Directions: A little way after Kingsburgh, take the 133 off-ramp and turn right onto the R603. Continue until you see to Illovo Industrial sign on your left – turn left and continue all the way down to the green buildings in the dip on your left. Stop at the gate and tell the guards you are there for walking – ask them where you should park. Lift sharing from Glenwood Village at 7.30 or Illovo Brewery to start hiking at 08.15. Petrol sharing R35 (4x up)

Sat 23 Mar 2019 Pigeon Valley
Tina - 083 289 6276 | 1, easy | 7 km\
Park and meet across the road from Stella Sports Club (175 Helen Joseph Rd. 13.45.Street walking via Phansi Museum to explore Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve. A couple of steep hills. Drinks at nearby pub afterwards.

Sun 24 Mar 2019 Parks of the Berea
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | 2-easy | 14 km
Explore the green areas of the Berea: Bulwer, Merryick Bennet, Berea, Pigeon Valley and Umbilo. Park Stella Sports Club; drinks there afterwards. Start time 08.00

Sat 30 Mar 2019 Westville Conservancy Trails
Linda - 083 358 8319 | 2, easy-mod | 7 km
Park at Westville Swimming Pools, St James Ave. 13.45. R20.00 for the Conservancy. Hike along biking trails, through tunnel, along river banks and across some grassland.

Sun 31 Mar 2019 Stockville Valley
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | 3 vertigo | 17 km
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. Meet and park at 7.30 at rear of new Checkers Centre, Gillits