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 6 Jul 2019 Palmiet Nature Reserve
Linda Smith - 083 353 8319 | Grade 3 | 7km
Park at Palmiet Nature Reserve, Old New Germany Rd, Westville, 13.45. Donation R30.00. Hike up-stream, and then back into main reserve to venture downstream with several river crossings. Drinks afterwards at Waxy O’Connors.

Sun 7 Jul 2019 TC Robertson (Scottburgh)
Anne Wilson - 079 850 0206 | Grade 3 | 15km
Explore the TC Robertson Nature Reserve and surrounding areas. Some cane, road and beach walking. Sardine run season to add interest to our beach walk. Drinks after at the Blue Marlin Hotel. Donation to Conservancy R20. Meet at 08.15 for a 08.30 start from the Blue Marlin Hotel, Scottburgh. Petrol sharing from Durban R50. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 13 Jul 2019 Delville Wood
Abdullah Dada - 084 478 6779 | Grade 2 | 10km
M13, Exit 33, left into Kassier Rd, over Toll Rd, left towards Shongweni Dam. Park at Mushroom Farm. Hike starts at 14.00. Hike through sugar cane, then down to railway line and Delville Wood Station, through tunnel to base of Kirk Falls. Long rewarding hike. Car guard tip. Drinks at Shongweni Club

Sun 14 Jul 2019 Hill 'n Dale / Bartlett Estate
Jenny Rooks - 084 952 0622 | Grade 3 | 14km
Cancelled last quarter. Sat hike adapted for Sun hikers. Hike through the conservancy, grassland and cane fields with views far and wide in the Hammarsdale area. Donation R20 pp to conservancy. Meet at 07.45 at the Hammarsdale Road/D657 intersection towards the Estate from where we will drive in convoy to start hike at 08.00 (from N3 take exit 43 to the left towards Hammarsdale (Mr385 Rd), first main turnoff to the right is D657 Rd). Non-members to book with hike leader.

Sat 20 Jul 2019 Summerveld – Bux Farm
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3 | 8km
M13, Exit 33, left and 1 st right into Cliffdale, left into Hawkstone, right into Summerhill Rd, park at Summerveld Lodge by 13.30. A challenging winter hike, with some steep paths. Views towards Hammarsdale. Drinks at the Lodge.

Sun 21 Jul 2019 Virginia Trails (Eston)
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3 | 17km
Magnificent setting surrounded by beautiful scenery - high sandstone cliffs, deep valleys, streams and dams. Tracks are for MTB, trail runners and hikers. Entrance R35. Meet at 07.30 at Union Main Centre, 45 Old Main Rd, Pinetown, or in time to start hiking at 08.45 at Virginia Farm (Ezimwini Rd, Eston). Petrol sharing R60. Non-members to book with hike leader

Sat 27 Jul 2019 Krantzkloof Falls
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 4, vertigo | 7km
Meet at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Kloof Falls Rd, Kloof, by 13.30. Entry R40.00 per adult / Rhino Card. Set off along Molweni Trail, steeply down to river, then up-stream to base of Kloof Falls. A number of river crossings, some rock clambering, steep ascent on return.

Sun 28 Jul 2019 Paradise Valley to Pavilion
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | Grade 3 | 16km
Linear walk from Paradise Valley Nature Reserve back to the Pavilion. Cars will be shuttled from Pavilion. Drinks at Pavilion afterwards. Reserve fee R10. Meet at 07.30 at the free shaded parking at rear of Pavilion (next to the recycle area). Petrol sharing R10 for shuttling cars. Non-members to book with hike leader.

Sat 3 Aug 2019 Hill n Dale, Hammarsdale
Werner Vanslembrouck - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3 | 8km
From N3, take exit 33 Hammarsdale off ramp, left towards Hammarsdale, right onto D657, (Hill ‘n Dale), meet by 13.30 on sand road. Proceed in convoy to farm. Hike through conservancy, sugar cane and grassland with good views on a clear day. Donation of R20.00 for the Conservancy.

Sun 4 Aug 2019 Stonehaven Castle (Shongweni)
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3, vertigo, strenuous | 15km
Steep uphill from the railway line to Summerveld, returning on a circular path over grasslands and through bush. Do not attempt this hike if you suffer from vertigo! Meet at Union Main Centre, Old Main Road, Pinetown, at 08.00, to drive in convoy to the Castle. Petrol sharing R20. Non-members book with hike leader.

Fri 9 Aug 2019 Cumberland Nature Reserve
Werner Vanslembrouck - 084 206 7836 |
Meet in the picnic site by 10.00, having registered at the hut, made a donation in the Honesty Box. Enjoy a hike along the cliff above the Umgeni River among the aloes and some game. BYO picnic lunch, and stay as long into the afternoon as you like. GPS co-ordinates from info@cumberlandreserve.co.za, or Ohrtman exit from N3, right over N3 in Ohrtman Rd, second traffic lights turn right, becomes Bishopstowe Rd, second traffic light turn left, cont for about 3 km, right into Table Mountain Rd, left on D408. Cumberland Nature Reserve sign at turn off.


Sat 10 Aug 2019 Winston Park
Werner Vanslembrouck - 084 206 7836 | Grade 2, vertigo | 9km
Park by 13.45 in vicinity of Gillitts post office, behind Caltex Garage, Clifton Rd, Gillitts. Donation R20.00 to Conservancy. Hike at 14.00 through tree-lined Jan Smuts Ave. to grassy area overlooking Giba Gorge and N2, then along cliff top to pathway down into Giba Gorge Conservancy. Continue towards St Hillier Dam, and return along the road to Gillitts parking. Drinks at pub in Gillitts centre.

Sun 11 Aug 2019 Hilton College Conservancy
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2 | 15km
Explore the Hilton College Nature Reserve, with its wonderful views over the Midlands. The terrain is varied, the ecosystem diverse and the home of a wide range of flora and fauna, including two newly discovered spiders. R30 entrance fee to Conservancy. Meet at 07.00 at Union Main, Pinetown (petrol sharing R50), or at 08.30 at the Hilton College gates. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 17 Aug 2019 KKNR - Nkonka
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 3 | 8km
Park at main picnic site, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Kloof Falls Rd, Kloof, by 13.45. Entrance R40.00 /Rhino Card. Hike through indigenous forest up to Bridle Rd, cross to grasslands with views to the ocean. Steep scramble down to base of Nkonka Falls, and return. Drinks at Nature Cafe.

Sun 18 Aug 2019 Hammarsdale Falls
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | Grade 3 | 19km
Mix of rural tranquillity, various river crossings, a strenuous hill or two and bits of industry. Good view of the falls. Meet at 07.30 Union Main Centre, 45 Old Main Rd, Pinetown to regroup at 07.50 at the Assagay turnoff so the gate at Summerveld Lodge is opened only once for the hike group. Petrol sharing R20. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 24 Aug 2019 Sibaya
Ilona Lamprech - 076 912 9829 | Grade 2 | 7km
Park at Sibaya near the parking entrance, by 13.45. Hike over rolling hills with views east and west. Not all sugar cane. Some tough vegetation to scramble through so long pants and gloves are suggested. Options for drinks at Sibaya afterwards.

Sun 25 Aug 2019 Inanda Dam MTB Trails
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2 | 12km
One of the new hikes we would like to explore around the Inanda Dam. Undulating trails in forests and some grass areas along the Inanda Dam edge going towards the entrance and mouth. We will recce on the day. A Green Corridor initiative. Guide fee R40 members, R50 non-members. Meet at 08.00 at Mozambik restaurant parking area - 9 Inanda Rd, Hillcrest, to drive in convoy. Alternatively, meet 08.45 at Durban Green Corridor's eNanda Adventure Park (directions available from their website). Petrol sharing R30. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 31 Aug 2019 Tanglewood, Kloof
Sue McMahon - 079 980 0488 | Grade 3, vertigo | 11km
Park at Kloof Country Club (towards back of car park) 13.30! Exit 24 from M13, sign posted. Donation R20.00 to Tanglewood. Hike 13.45 along Abrey Rd through Kloof to Tanglewood Nature Reserve. We will be guided through animal sanctuary, indigenous bush, under waterfall. Steep in places. Drinks afterwards at Club.

Sun 1 Sep 2019 Honey Trails (Monteseel)
Abdullah Dada - 084 478 6779 | Grade 2 | 15km
A new Sunday hike at a privately owned nature reserve on Honey Hill which should be ablaze with a multitude of flowering plants at this time of the year. Honey Trails was developed to allow for the general public to enjoy this incredibly beautiful natural area. Expansive views, meandering paths through grasslands and forests down into the valley and back up some quite steep hills. Entrance R20. Meet at 08.00 at Honey Trails (off Old Main Road, Inchanga/Drummond - opposite Irene St, Monteseel). Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 7 Sep 2019 Summerveld from Jockey Academy
Colin Turner - 084 499 0371 | Grade 2 | 8km
Exit 33 from M13, left into Kassier Rd, continue towards Farmers’ Market, take first right (MacIntosh Dr), to Summerveld Jockey Academy. Continue about 2 1/2km passed dams on right, under bridge, to Club House and parking on left. Meet by 13.45. A real country trail through grassland, around horse paddocks, possible stream crossings. BYO sundowners.

Sun 8 Sep 2019 Umhlanga Estuary
Jon Stevens, Rani Reddy - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2 | 16km
Spend the day exploring the Umhlanga Estuary. Drinks afterwards at Breakers Hotel. Meet and park in the nature reserve next to Breakers Hotel, Umhlanga, in time to start hiking at 08.00. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 14 Sep 2019 Mphithi Trail, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 3 | 6km
Meet in main picnic site, Kloof Falls Rd. Kloof at 13.45. Entrance R40.00 each/ Rhino Card. Follow the Mphithi Trail through indigenous forest to bottom of Falls. Enjoy the views from grasslands above the falls. Along Longshadow Trail to explore Porcupine Falls. BYO sundowners. Gate closes at 18.00

Sun 15 Sep 2019 Vernon Crookes (Umzinto)
Stella Wells - 078 319 8979 | Grade 3 | 15km
This reserve situated about 12km inland of Umzinto has a wide variety of habitats (extensive grasslands, scarp forests, rivers, wetlands, cliff faces and dams) providing opportunity to see a wide range of wildlife and game and even sea views. Entrance R40. The turn-off for the reserve is approximately 12.5km from the N2 (Park Rynie/ Umzinto t/off) and the entrance gate is a further 6km. Meeting place and time at reserve to be confirmed nearer the time. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 21 Sep 2019 Honey Trails, Monteseel
Werner Vanslembrouck - 084 206 7836 | Strenuous | 8km
Meet at Honey Trails on Old Main Rd, Monteseel, at 13.30! (On Old Main Rd from Botha’s Hill, big Honey Trails sign on left before Monteseel turn to right.) Cost R20.00. Enjoy expansive views on trails through grassland and bush. BYO sundowners in gardens afterwards.

Sun 22 Sep 2019 KZN Table Mountain (easier route)
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 4 | 14km
Hike to the top of the KZN/ PMB Table Mountain to enjoy some of the escarpment and magnificent views of the Valley of a 1000 Hills, the Midlands in the far distance, the Msunduzi and Umgeni Rivers as well as the Nagle Dam. Car guard R20. Guide. R25 members, R50 non-members Meet at 07.30 at Union Main Centre, 45 Old Main Rd, Pinetown or at 08.15 at Cato Ridge Motors (close to Eddie Haven Drive, Cato Ridge). Petrol sharing R40. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 6 Jul 2019 28 September 2019
MacIntosh Falls - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3, Strenuous | 6km
Werner Vanslembrouck Meet at NU Driving Range, Hillcrest. Left off M13 at Exit 31 (opposite Plantations Estate), at 13.45. Parking donation R20.00. Please allow space for golfers parking. Hike through farmland to top of MacIntosh Falls, scramble to bottom of falls. Steep climb up again.

Sun 29 Sep 2019 Karkloof Clivias (Midlands Hiking Club)
Neville Lee - 083 626 9983 | Grade 3 | 6 hours
Combined day hike with Midlands Hiking Club. Annual CLIVIA hike in Karkloof. Come and see the indigenous Clivias in bloom, then have lunch at Grey Mare’s Tail falls. Most of the hike is in pristine indigenous forest. Meet at Bushwillow Park in the Karkloof from 08.00. We start walking at 08.30 sharp. Cost is R30pp. Book with Neville Lee (neville.lee@clariant.com).