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 31 Mar 2018 New Germany Nature Reserve
Abdullah Dada - 084 478 6779 | 1 Easy to Moderate | 8km
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.

Sun 1 Apr 2018 Easter Sunday - No hike scheduled

Sat 7 Apr 2018 MacKintosh Falls
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 4 - Strenuous - Vertigo warning
Park at NU Driving Range (from M13, off ramp 31/Shongweni Rd, left to NU.) 13.45, R20.00 to Giba Conservancy and R5.00 per car. Through farmland to top of Falls, steep path down to bottom and up and over a few hills into Giba Gorge toward St Hillier. Exhilarating.

Sun 8 Apr 2018 Kloof Ramble
Jenny Rookes - 084 952 0622 | Grade 2 - Moderate | 16km
Postponed from last quarter. An easy scenic walk incorporating Memorial Park and stunning views of the Gorge from Uve road. This will be a morning walk with two snack stops. Refreshments at Tina s after the hike. Meet in the parking area of Tina s Hotel in Kloof to start walking at 08.00

Sat 14 Apr 2018 Paradise Valley Nature Reserve
Ismail - | Grade 2 - Moderate | 6km
10 Oxford Rd, Pinetown. Park in Oxford Rd (car guard) and meet inside Reserve by 13.45. Entrance R20.Good beginners hike through indigenous forests, bridges over river, view of cascades.

Sun 15 Apr 2018 Palmiet Nature Reserve
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | Grade 2-3 | 15km
Walk through suburbia into the nature reserve via the old quarry. Magnificent rock faces, beautiful deep pools and lovely bird life. Meet at Waxy s / Westville Hotel at 07.30. Drinks at Waxy s after the hike

Sat 21 Apr 2018 Umhlanga Promenade / Hawaan Forest
Ilona - 076 912 9829 | Grade 1 - Easy | 9km
Park at Durban View Park parking lot (Marine Dr, and Durban View Rd.) 13.45. Hike along the prestigious Umhlanga promenade, through indigenous Hawaan coastal forest, and out onto the beach to Lagoon and return to car park. Drinks afterwards enjoying the sea breeze.

Sun 22 Apr 2018 Holla Trails  Umhlali
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2-3 - Moderate | 15km
Go north for a tranquil walk through the rolling hills inland from Ballito. Cane, coastal forest and grassland. Meet at Collisheen Estate, 1 Esenembi Road, (R102) Compensation Station. Umhlali for an 08.30 start. Entry fee R30. Stay for drinks afterwards.

Fri 27 Apr 2018 Iphithi Nature Reserve
Ann - 083 666 5630 | Grade 1 - Easy | 8km
Park at Iphithi Nature Reserve, Edward Dr. Gillitts. From M13 exit 24, right over Everton Bridge, 1st left, right into Old Station Rd, 2nd left into Edward. Gate open by 08.30. R20.00 to Conservancy. Hike a few loops through this reclaimed wet-land, step it out in neighbouring suburbs, and return to Reserve for BYO braai lunch.

Sat 28 Apr 2018 Clifton Tower Circuit
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3 - Strenuous | 9km
Meet at 13.45 from Mushroom Farm. Exit 33 from M13, left into Kassier Rd left onto MR599 (Shongweni Dam sign) Hike through cane fields and uphill to Clifton Tower. Views to city, coast and surrounds. A few steep hills. Well-deserved drinks at Shongweni Club after hike.

Sun 29 Apr 2018 Monteseel
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 4 - Moderate | 14km
Walk down into the Valley of 1000 Hills, up to Monteseel and then back again on a circular route. Meet at the Intaba View Restaurant on Old Main Road, Drummond for an 07.30 start. Drinks at the restaurant afterwards.

Tue 1 May 2018 Alverstone Wildlife Park
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3 - Moderate | 8km
Exit 33 from M13, right over M13 into Kassier Rd, left opposite Hillcrest Hospital (Busamed) into Alverstone Rd (D435). Meet at 08.45, hike at 09.00 over grassland, game viewing, down to dam in the valley, through riverine forest. Some challenges with Werner! BYO braai in Boma. R20.00 to Conservancy.

Sat 5 May 2018 Tanglewood from Kloof Country Club
Sue - 079 980 0488 | Grade 3 - Moderate to Long | 11km
Park at Kloof Country Club (towards back of car park) 13.45. Exit 24 from M13, sign posted. R20.00 to Tanglewood. Hike through Kloof to Tanglewood Nature Reserve. We will be guided through the animal sanctuary, indigenous bush, under a waterfall. Steep in places. Drinks afterwards at the Club

Sun 6 May 2018 Old Baldy, Valley 1000 Hills
Abdullah Dada - 084 478 6779 | Grade 4 - Strenuous - Vertigo warning | 11km
Scenic hike through the iSithumba Village and along the Umgeni River, followed by a steep scramble up Old Baldy (400 m altitude gain) to some magnificent views of the Valley. There is one tricky chimney section; you need to be fit and agile. Meet Maytime Spar at 08.00 to drive in convoy to the start (about 28 km via Botha s Hill). This is a Green Corridor initiative  R40 per person

Sat 12 May 2018 Hill and Dale
Jenny Rookes - 084 952 0622 | Grade 3 - Moderate | 8km
From M3 take Exit 43 (Hammarsdale), turn left towards Hammarsdale, right at Hill and Dale sign. Meet in road at 13.45, then drive together to parking spot. Hike through cane fields and grassland. Views far and wide.

Sun 13 May 2018 Virginia Walkabout / Danville Dawdle
John van Zyl - 083 799 8382 | Grade 2 | 15km
Meet and park at Danville Park Girl s High School at 21 Middlebrook Avenue, Durban North. John will set off at 08.00 on a circular ramble, mixing street walking with Danville Park and other green areas, with wonderful views of the sea

Sat 19 May 2018 Westville Conservancy Trail
Linda - 083 353 8319 | Grade 2 - Easy | 7km
Park at Westville Swimming pool, St James Ave. 13.45. R20 for the Conservancy. Hike along newly cleared bike trails, through a tunnel, along the river banks, and across some grassland.

Sun 20 May 2018 Kloof Gorge
Margaret K - 083 783 7852 | Grade 3 | 12km
Meet in the main picnic site for an 08.00 start. Up to the beacon, down to Sauros Pools and back along the river. R30 entry fee. (Regular hikers should consider buying a Rhino Card to cover the Emzemvelo entry fees)

Sat 26 May 2018 Casino to Bird Park
Biff - 082 609 9684 | Grade 1 | 7km
Park at the Casino or at Battery Beach and meet on Promenade in front of Wimpy at 13.45. Walk along the Promenade to Umgeni River, over the bridge and up-stream to the Bird Park.
Drinks and supper options abound.

Sun 27 May 2018 Bux Farm, Shongweni
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | Grade 3 | 16km
Meet at Assagay Garage at 07.30 to drive in convoy to parking area. Hike up and down over grasslands and through the quarry towards Peacevale. Drinks afterwards at Summerveld Lodge.

Sat 2 Jun 2018 Nkutu Picnic Site  Red Trail to Waterfalls
Ann - 083 666 5630 | Grade 4 - Strenuous | 6km
Waterfall end of Krantzkloof Nature Reserve: Kloof Falls Rd from Kloof, past main picnic site. Road becomes Bridle Rd. Continue to 3-way stop in Waterfall, turn right into King George, over speed bumps, road becomes Valley Rd. In the dip Nkutu picnic site on right. Meet 13.45. R30 entrance. Hike across the river, steep paths down to each waterfall, and some boulder clambering. BYO sundowners in the Reserve.

Sun 3 Jun 2018 To be advised

Sat 9 Jun 2018 Palmiet Nature Reserve
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3 - Vertigo warning | 6km
(Off Old New Germany Rd, Westville.) Meet 13.45. R20 to the Conservancy. River crossings, grassland and indigenous bush, snack at the cascades. Drinks at Waxy O Connor afterwards.

Sun 10 Jun 2018 Stainbank Nature Reserve
Stella Wells - 078 319 8979 | Grade 2 | 10km
Follow a variety of paths meandering across this popular reserve. Always some game to be seen  usually ticks as well to use insecticide! Finish around lunchtime. Meet inside the reserve gate at 08.00. Entrance fee R40.

Sat 16 Jun 2018 Krantzkloof Nature Reserve - Beacon Trail
Abdullah Dada - 084 478 6779 | Grade 3 - Vertigo warning | 7km
Meet in the main picnic site in Kloof Falls Rd, Kloof, at 13.45. R30.00 entrance. Enjoy wonderful views of Kloof Gorge, and east to the ocean and city. A few challenging steep parts on the route. Drinks at The Nature Cafe afterwards.

Sun 17 Jun 2018 Thornyridge, Cato Ridge
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3 | 15km
Hike through African thornveld, wetlands and some interesting urban areas (is the famous Chinese shop still there?). Meet at Cato Ridge turnoff (exit 53) at 08.20. Petrol sharing from Durban  R40. BYO for afterwards

Sat 23 Jun 2018 Summerveld  Shongweni Circuit
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2 | 15km
M13, exit 33, left and first right into Cliffdale, left into Hawkstone, right into Summerhill Rd, park at Summerveld Lodge at 13.45. Trail along  horse country roads and through grassland. Drinks at Lodge afterwards.

Sun 24 Jun 2018 Mzinyati Falls, Inanda
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2 - Vertigo warning | 8km
A Durban Green Corridor hike. Park at the Green Hub in Inanda to start at 09.00. An interesting walk through lower Inanda to the Falls, down into the Gorge and a circular route back. Meeting places to be advised in Durban / Hillcrest to be advised. R40 for the guide.

Sat 30 Jun 2018 Stainbank Nature Reserve
Steve - 083 956 1556 | Grade 3 | 8km
Coedmore Rd, Yellowwood Park. 13.30 as entry process is slow. R40.00. Hike through pleasant grassland, bush, a few river crossings, game. Steve knows this reserve inside-out and will surprise us. BYO sundowners.

Sun 1 Jul 2018 Clansthal Conservancy
Anne Wilson - 079 850 0206 |
New hike, details to follow on the Durban Ramblers website and Facebook page and in next magazine.