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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 Hikes 

Please check with Colin – 031 708 3517 – for details of Wednesday hikes.

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Saturday HikesSunday Hikes

23 Dec 2017 Barn Swallows Hike
Linda - 083 353 8319 | Grade 2 - Moderate | 10kms
Meet at 13.45 at the Barn Swallow site. At N2 of ramp Umdloti/Verulam turn towards Verulam. Go just under 1km, turn right at white pillar saying Umdloti Estate, Mount Moreland. Follow the road, the rest is signposted Mount Moreland/Swallow View site. Binoculars essential for viewing the swallows. Hike will be around the area, through sugarcane, grasslands and suburbs. BYO picnic and drinks for enjoying afterwards at the bird viewing.
R10 entrance fee to the viewing area.

24 Dec 2017 No hike scheduled
Merry Christmas!

30 Dec 2017 Historical Tour of Morningside
Jonathan - 082 420 9577 | Grade 2 - Moderate | 8km
New Hike and new hike leader! Meet at the Botanical Gardens parking lot (bottom entrance) for a walk through the streets and suburbs of Morningside, visiting the historical sites. BYO Picnic afterwards in the Botanic Gardens.

31 Dec 2017 No hike scheduled
Happy New Year!

6 Jan 2018 Longshadow
Linda - 083 353 8319 | 1 Easy | 6kms
A nice easy hike to ease us all into the new year. Meet at the main entrance of the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve (Kloof falls Road) at 13.45. Entrance fee of R30. This is a pretty forested walk along a stream. Drinks afterwards at the Nature Café in Kloof Falls Road.

7 Jan 2018 Shongweni Explorer
Jenny Rookes - 084 952 0622 | Grade 2 | 14kms
 An easy hike around the area  nice for hot summer day.
Meet Shongweni Polo club at 7.30 a.m.

13 Jan 2018 Herbies Hike - Roosfontein
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | 2 Moderate | 7kms
Meet at 13.45 at the parking lot outside the Westville Prison. Hike is through grasslands and some forest, please ensure you bring enough water. R20 donation towards the upkeep of the Reserve. Meet afterwards for drinks at the Pavilion.

14 Jan 2018 Burman Bush
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2 | 14kms
 Lovely hike through this 55 hectare reserve, incorporating some road walking down to the Station Rd complex.
Start and finish at Mitchell park where you have the option of visiting the zoo and/or the tea garden after the hike.
Meet at Mitchell Park parking area, in Nimmo Rd, at 7.30 a.m

20 Jan 2018 Nqutu Falls Trail - KKNR
Ann - 083 666 5630 | 3 Strenuous | 9kms
Meet at the Nkutu Picnic Site off Valley Road in Waterfall at 13.45pm. Entrance fee of R30. A long hike over grassland and through forest with beautiful views,to Nkutu Waterfall. BYO drinks and picnic for social afterwards at the lovely picnic site.

21 Jan 2018 Isipingo Circuit
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2 | 12-15kms
Explore the beaches behind the old airport. Bring your costume. Back by lunch.
Meet at the end of Calicut Place in Merewent overlooking the Umlaas Canal cutting at 7 a.m.

27 Jan 2018 Phezulu Safari Park
Linda - 083 353 8319 | 2 Moderate | 7kms
Members only hike! Meet and park at Phezulu Safari Park (5 Old Main Road, Hillcrest) at 13:30pm (note earlier time). Hike will be a guided walk through the beautiful park. Drinks afterwards at the restaurant. Entrance fee to be confirmed closer to the time.

28 Jan 2018 Ballito to Salt Rock
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | Grade 2 | 10kms
Beach hike with tidal pools and rocky outcrops from Ballito to Salt Rock. Return same route or through the suburbs. Optional lunch/drinks afterwards. Bring costumes for a quick dip.
Meet Virginia Airport at 7.00 a.m. or Tedder Way, Ballito at 7.30 a.m.
Petrol sharing R20

3 Feb 2018 Rail Reserve Hike
Janet / Sue - 082 820 8182 | 2 Moderate | 10kms
Meet at the Station Master Arms at 13.45. A walk along the rail reserve via St Heliers dam. There will be one long uphill. Drinks afterwards at the Station Masters Arms.

4 Feb 2018 Pidgeon Valley / D'Moss Trail
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2-3 | 19kms
This hike goes from the University into Pidgeon Valley reserve and then incorporates the D'Moss trail. Slight variation to one previously done.
Meet at the parking above the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at UKZN Durban at 7.30 a.m.

10 Feb 2018 Virginia Bush Hike
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | 2 Moderate | 8kms
Meet at the Virginia Beach parking at 13:45. The walk will be inside forested area in the Virginia Bush and back down for a beach hike. R20 donation towards the upkeep of the Reserve. Drinks afterwards at Virginia Beach so BYO drinks and chairs.

11 Feb 2018 Bluff Walkabout
John van Zyl - 083 799 8382 | Grade 1-2 | 10kms
Hike around the Bluff, including the old airport site and then back to Harlequins for social drinks.
Meet Wimpy/B.P Garage, 299 Edwin Swales Drive at 8.00 a.m. and travel in Convoy to Harlequins club where we will park. Parking R5.00

17 Feb 2018 Durban Ramblers AGM
The AGM will be held in the meeting room of the Palmiet Nature Reserve, Old New Germany Road. Join us at 11:00 am for an educational snake talk by Nick Evans of KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile conservation. The AGM itself will start at 12 Noon. There is parking available. After the meeting, which normally is concluded by 1.00PM, the club will provide Braai fires. Bring your own food, drinks, cutlery, crockery and a chair for a get-together after the meeting.

18 Feb 2018 Umgeni Valley
Keith Ashton / Stella Wells - 0332395023 / keimarg@iuncapped.co.za / 0783198979 / stellawells4@gmail.com | Grade 2-3 | 12-15kms
Lovely local day hike in a beautiful area - great views & chance to see plenty of game & bird life. Several trail variations. As it can be hot this time of year we will keep to high ground. Combined hike with other clubs. Please email the leader to book a place on this hike by Wednesday 14 Feb.
Immediately thereafter, contact Stella to co-ordinate transport from Durban, if required.
Entrance fee to reserve R30

24 Feb 2018 Hillcrest/Keg Hike
Werner - 084 206 7836 | 2 Moderate | 10kms
Meet the Oxford (old Heritage Market) at the Keg at 13.45. The hike goes down to the valley below with a small stream crossing. Some wooded areas, sugar cane and open areas. Meet back at the Keg for drinks afterwards.

25 Feb 2018 Kloof Ramble
Jenny Rookes - 084 952 0622 | Grade 2 | 16kms
An easy, scenic walk through Kloof incorporating Memorial Park and with stunning views of the Gorge from Uve Rd. This will be a morning walk with two snack stops. Refreshments at Tinas after the hike.
Meet in the parking area of Tinas Hotel in Kloof to start walking at 7.30 am.

3 Mar 2018 Pigeon Valley
Tina - 083 289 6276 | 1 Easy to moderate (2 uphills) | 6kms
Meet at Stella Sports Club,( 175 Helen Joseph Road (was Davenport Road) at 13.45. Some street walking to the pretty little Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve, with some steep hills going up to St Augustine s Hospital and the University. Drinks afterwards at a nearby pub.

4 Mar 2018 Beach Bums
Jill Dunstone - 084 780 0818 | Grade 2 | 15kms
Hike up and down the hills, across a nursery, through some bush and along a bit of beach.
Meet Virginia airport at 6.30 a.m. or Beach Bums, Causerina Beach in time to start walking at 7.00 a.m.
Hike will finish around lunch time. Optiona drinks/lunch at Beach Bums afterwards.
Petrol sharing R20.

10 Mar 2018 Springside Nature Reserve
Linda - 083 353 8319 | 2 Easy to Moderate | 6.5kms
Meet and park at the Springside Nature Reserve (Springside Road, Hillcrest) at 13.15pm (note earlier time due to closing time of Reserve). The hike will take us through the streets surrounding the reserve and then through the pretty reserve itself. R20 donation to the reserve

11 Mar 2018 Everton Circuit
Chris Dobson - 082 461 1954 | Grade 3 | 14kms
Hike a circuit from the parking spot taking in both used and new routes to various waterfalls. Bring plenty of liquids. Combined with Midlands Hiking Club.
Meet at Acutts Drive Bridge parking area at 08.00 a.m. Donation R30 (split between Ezimvelo Krantzkloof and Everton Conservancy). Parking/Entrance fee R30

17 Mar 2018 Burman Bush
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | 2 Moderate | 13kms
Meet and park outside Mitchell s Park Zoo in Morningside at 13.45. A walk through the streets of Morningside to the reserve with undulating paths in shaded area, covers most of Burman Bush.

18 Mar 2018 TC Robertson
Anne Wilson - 079 850 0206 | Grade 3 | 15kms
Explore T.C. Robertson Nature Reserve and surrounding area. Some cane, road and beach walking. Drinks after at the Blue Marlin Hotel.
Meet in road at Glenwood Village ,397 Che Guevara Rd (Moore) at 7 am or Blue Marlin Hotel, Scottburgh at 7.50 am for 8 am start. Petrol sharing R50

24 Mar 2018 Umbogovango Nature Reserve
Linda - 083 353 8319 | Easy
New Hike! A new reserve with abundant birdlife to explore in the middle of an industrial area. Please check website and facebook for details closer to the time.

25 Mar 2018 Blythedale Beach
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2 | 15kms
Hike along the beach to the Mvoti Estuary and back through Jon's mystical forest.
Meet Virginia airport at 6.30 or Blythedale beach parking at 7.30.
Petrol sharing R50.

31 Mar 2018 New Germany Nature Reserve
Abdullah - 084 478 6779 | 1 Easy to Moderate | 8kms
Meet at the New Germany Nature Reserve at 13.45. Hike is along woodlands and grasslands. Donation of R20 towards the upkeep of the Reserve. Braai afterwards in braai area just outside the reserve so BYO meat, drinks and chairs.