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.

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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.

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Saturday HikesSunday Hikes

Sat 2 Jan 2021 Alverstone Wildlife Park
- - - | Grade 3 | 8km
Exit 33 from M13, right over M13 into Kassier Rd, left opposite Hillcrest Pvt Hospital (Busamed) into Alverstone Rd (D435). Meet at Wildlife Park on left at 13.45. Entrance R20.00 pp. Hike over grassland and through riverine forest, possible game sighting. Some steep ascents. BYO braai in boma afterwards.

Sun 3 Jan 2021 Durban Promenade from Suncoast
Biff Maggs - 082 609 9684 | Grade 1 | 20km
Biff is leading our last Sunday hike of the year - and it will be a bumper distance to end the year. Early morning walk from Suncoast to Blue Lagoon and then up to the Umgeni River Bird Park. Back to Wimpy Suncoast (11km). Then walk to Ushaka and Moyo Pier and back to Suncoast (9km). Hikers can peel off at any time, except on the bird park part. Drinks afterwards at Suncoast. Bring water and snacks. Meet at 06.15 to hike at 06.30 in front of Wimpy Suncoast, on the Promenade. Park inside Suncoast R10, or at Pirates. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 4 Jan 2020 Nkuthu Upper & Lower Falls
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 4 | 7.5km
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 Dr. In dip Nkuthu picnic site on right. Meet 13.45. Entrance R50.00 pp or Rhino card. Hike across river, steep paths down to each waterfall, some boulder clambering. Good shoes essential, hiking poles are helpful.

Sun 5 Jan 2020 Kloof and Makaranga
Jenny Rooks - 084 952 0622 | Grade 1 | 10km
MEMBERS ONLY: To start off the new year Jenny has planned wonderful low key morning walk around Kloof and Makaranga Garden Lodge's beautiful gardens. We will end off the morning with drinks at Makaranga. A fee of R60 per vehicle is payable on exit. But on the purchase of refreshments, a free pass (code) is issued on request. Meet at 08:30am at the very top car park at Makaranga (1A Igwababa Rd, Kloof).

Wed 8 Jan 2020 Special remembrance hike in honour of Werner
Ann Olds / Biff - 083 666 5630 / 082 609 9684 |
On Wednesday 8 Jan. 2020, regardless of weather, we will do a 'short walk' at Giba Gorge to the ponds and lower waterfall, remembering the hiking times we enjoyed with Werner. Meet on the lawns at 09:00, bring a deck chair and a plate of eats to share, and a 'golf ball-sized' pebble. Teas and coffee provided. Charge at gate will be R15.00 pp.

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Sat 11 Jan 2020 Edgecliff Conservancy, Kloof
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3 | 8km
(Rained off last qtr) Park at Kloof Country Club (towards back of car park) by 13.30. New route from Club, road walk through Kloof to Edgecliff Conservancy near St Mary’s School. Hike through grassland, through Motala Valley, and uphill return through bush to Kloof Country Club. Drinks after long hike at the Club

Sun 12 Jan 2020 Umhlanga to Umdloti
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3 | 16km
Walk on the beach to Umdloti, with a stop for refreshments and then return inland, possibly along some of the M4 if it still closed. Low tide 10:50 for easier river crossings. Meet at 08:00am at Umhlanga Reserve parking (cul-de-sac opposite Breakers Resort, 88 Lagoon Drive). Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 18 Jan 2020 Burman Bush, Durban
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2 | 8km
Park in Nimmo Rd between Jameson Park and Mitchel Park (car guards) by 13.30. Walk through Morningside to main gate in Burman St. Guard will accompany us as we do several loops of this gem in suburbia. Return past some stately homes.

Sun 19 Jan 2020 Sunday Hikers' Social (Gillitts)
Jenny / Diana - 084 952 0622 / 083 468 6941 | Grade 1 | 10km
MEMBERS ONLY: Sunday hikers' annual social. Normally in December - but this year postponed to January. Thank you to Diana Patoir for having offered her home as a venue. Everyone to bring to bring own chair and something to put on the table to share. Meet at 09:00am for short walk around Gillitts followed by a bring-and-share braai.

Sat 25 Jan 2020 Westville Conservancy Trails
Linda Smith - 083 353 8319 | Grade 2 | 6km
Park at Westville Country Club by 13.45. R20.00 for Conservancy. Hike along well cut biking trails through tunnel, along river banks and across some grassland. Drinks afterwards at the Squash courts.

Sun 26 Jan 2020 Forest Gnome Trail (Howick)
Margret Kirsten - mjkaway41@gmail.com | Grade 2 | 14km
Combined Midlands and Durban Ramblers hike. Walk through shaded forest paths near Howick. Circular hike of 5-6 hours, 240m elevation - bring lunch and 2L water. No entrance fee to the forest is payable at present. Meet and park at 08:30 just outside the gate at Amber Ridge (just off Karkloof Rd). Please book with hike leader by email.

Sat 1 Feb 2020 Westbrook Beach, Westbrook
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3 | 9km
Meet at Beach Bums, 65 Casuarina Rd, Westbrook, at 13.30. About 40 km from central Durban. Directions: N2 to Umdloti, onto M4 through La Mercy, Desainagar. Casuarina Rd parallel to M4 on seaward side. Hike at 14.00 sharp. Some beach, some road, some cane. An undulating hike through farmland with lovely views. Drinks at Beach Bums.

Sun 2 Feb 2020 Kelso Pennington (Happy Wanderers)
Anne Wilson - 079 850 0206 | Grade 2 | 14km
World Wetlands Day. Some road, some beach, some tracks (no cane) and even a pontoon. Drinks after at Happy Wanderers (Kelso). Start 07:30 from the Happy Wanderers car park (just before Pennington). Petrol sharing from Durban R50. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 8 Feb 2020 AGM. No hike.

Sun 9 Feb 2020 Burman Bush
Phillip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2-3 | 14km
Lovely hike through this 55 hectare reserve after brunch at Station Drive Precinct in Greyville. Some road walking involved. Meet at 07:30 Mitchell Park (Nimmo Rd). Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 15 Feb 2020 Giba Gorge to MacIntosh Falls
Steve Verreynne - 083 956 1556 | Grade 3 | 9km
Park at Giba Gorge Bike Park by 13.45. R15.00 entrance at gate. Hike along some steep bike trails, under N2 highway to base of MacIntosh Falls. Enjoy some cooling spray, before long return. Enjoy refreshment at Giba Centre afterwards.

Sun 16 Feb 2020 Blythedale Beach & Forest
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2 | 15km
Hike along the beach to the Mvoti Estuary and back through Jon’s mystical forest. Meet at 06:45 Sibaya Casino (left side of the parking lot near the entrance) or at 07:30 Blythedale Beach parking. Petrol sharing R50. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 22 Feb 2020 Everton Conservancy
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 3, vertigo, | 7km
Everton Rd exit from M13, down Everton Rd, right at fork into Pearson Rd, cont left in Forest View downhill, across a stream, immediately right into Everton Park. Meet a by 13.45. R20.00 for Everton Conservancy. Hike along cliff above the Longshadow Gorge, down to river, a few river crossings, steep uphill and ladder to cliff path. Circular route not done for a while. BYO for sundowners in Park after hike.

Sun 23 Feb 2020 Toti Trek (Toti Sports Club)
Anna Kapp - 071 427 7139 | Grade 2 | 15km
An exploration of Amanzimtoti, incorporating a walk along the Toti River. Drinks at the Sports Bar afterwards. Donation R30pp towards trail maintenance. Meet to start hiking promptly at 07:30 Lords & Legends, Riverside Rd, Amanzimtoti. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 29 Feb 2020 Paradise Valley
Ismail Vahed - 083 786 6733 | Grade 2 | 7.5km
Park in Oxford Rd (car guard) to meet inside Reserve by 13.15. Entrance R30.00. Start at 13.30. A good hike for beginners through indigenous bush, bridge over the river, remains of early water works and views of the cascades.

Sun 1 Mar 2020 Stockville Valley (Gillitts)
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | Grade 3, vertigo | 17km
Durban Ultra Triathlon. 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 07:30 at rear of new Checkers Centre, Gillitts. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 7 Mar 2020 Nkuthu Forest Trail
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 3 | 9km
Waterfall end of Krantzkloof Nature Reserve (directions same as for 4 Jan). Meet at 13.30 for start at 13.45. R50.00 entrance, or Rhino card. Hike over grassland. Steep in parts, through forest, wonderful views across Gorge to Kloof, and east to ocean.

Sun 8 Mar 2020 Kenneth Stainbank NR
Stella Wells - 078 319 8979 | Grade 2 | 10km
Hike through grassland, bush and across a few streams. Game and bird viewing. Use tick repellent. Finish around lunch time. ±R50 entry fee. Meet at 08:00 in the main parking area. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 14 Mar 2020 Pigeon Valley, Durban
Tina Regnard - 083 289 6276 | Grade 2 | 7km
Park and meet across the road from Stella Sports Club (175 Helen Joseph Rd.) by 13.45. Street walking via Phansi Museum to explore Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve; an indigenous gem in suburbia, bristling with birdlife. A couple of steep hills. Drinks at nearby pub afterwards

Sun 15 Mar 2020 Everton Conservancy from Gillitts (Recce)
Jonathan Sampson - 082 420 9577 | Grade 2 | 10km
Deloitte Challenge. Explore the Everton Conservancy in Acutts Drive following the Molweni River trail to Gillitts Falls where we will stop for lunch. Return along a different route where possible. Donation R30 pp to Everton Conservancy. Meet and park at 08:00 at The School Of Modern Montessori, 9 Anthony Dr, Gillitts. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 21 Mar 2020 Nkonka Trust & Tanglewood, Kloof
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 3, vertigo | 7km
Human Rights Day. A combination of routes visiting 2 conservancies: Park at Nkonka Trust: Maytime Centre from M 13, to end of Haygarth Rd. Drive down to parking area by 13.45. R40.00 for 2 conservancies. Great views, new trails over grassland down into Motala. Along road to Tanglewood for snack break, visit the animal sanctuary, then up to cliff ledge and waterfall. Steep path out of Tanglewood, and return to Nkonka Trust. BYO for sundowners at the view site.

Sun 22 Mar 2020 Verbara (Umhlali)
Jenny Rooks - 084 952 0622 | Grade 2-3 | 16km
World Water Day. Hike in the Umhlali area through coastal forest, grasslands, shady streams, undulating sugar cane fields and protea and macadamia nut plantations. Donation R20 members R30 non-members. Meet at 07:45 Sibaya Casino (left side of the parking lot near the entrance). Petrol sharing R40. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 28 Mar 2020 New Germany Nature Reserve
Steve Verreynne - 083 956 1556 | Grade 3 | 7km
Off Otto Volek Dr, New Germany. Park and meet in Nature reserve by 13.30, as early closing. Hike over undulating grasslands and through indigenous bush.

Sun 29 Mar 2020 Pigeon Valley & D’Moss Trail to Sea View
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2-3 | 19km
This hike goes from UKZN into Pigeon Valley NR and then incorporates the D'Moss trail to Sea View. Meet at 07:30 Elizabeth Sneddon parking area (Howard College, UKZN). Non-members to please book with hike leader.