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 Sep 2018 Inchanga Station & surrounds
Colin - 031 708 3517 | Grade 3 | 9km

Sun 30 Sep 2018 Toti Trek
Anna - 071 427 7139 | Grade 2 | 15km

Sat 6 Oct 2018 Porcupine and Mpithi Falls, Krantzkloof Nat. Res
Ann - 083 666 5630 | Grade 2 Moderate | 6km
Meet in main picnic site, Kloof Falls Rd, Kloof, at 13.45, entrance R30.00. Some shade along river, and some open grassland above Mpithi Falls. Along Longshadow Trail, cross river and explore Porcupine Falls. BYO sundowners for in the reserve. Gate closes 18.00.

Sun 7 Oct 2018 Peacevale Meander
Jon - 082 459 1552 | Grade 3 | 15km
Meet Union Main, Pinetown at 8.00 or Intaba View, Drummond, at 08.30. Don’t ask where, just Google it. Not been walked for a while so could have changed – come prepared! Drinks at Drum & Bell afterwards (if it still exists). Petrol sharing R20.

Sat 13 Oct 2018 Winston Park, into Stockville Valley.
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3 Strenuous | 7+km
Meet at Gillitts Post Office, York Rd, at 13.45. Walk through Winston Park to private property entrance to Conservancy in Stockville Valley. Steep walk down into and out of valley. Drinks in piazza where cars are parked.

Sun 14 Oct 2018 Eston
Margie - 073 437 6915 | Grade 3 | 14km
Drive in convoy to farm near Tala game reserve for a hike over rolling hills of indigenous bush, cane and grasslands. Meet Union Main Centre, Pinetown to leave promptly at 07.30, or at the Cato Ridge offramp at 07.50. Approx R50 petrol sharing

Sat 20 Oct 2018 Historical Hillary
Arthur - 083 482 3590 | Grade 1 Easy | 6km
Meet at 13.45 in parking space adjacent to Hillary Bowling Club and Hillary Primary School in Stella Rd off Sarnia Rd. Enjoy some of 'old Durban' as we walk through various parks and along streets of Malvern. Circular route.

Sun 21 Oct 2018 Toti Golf Course to Toti Beach - clean-up hike
Jill - 084 7800 818 | Grade 1 | 7km beach each way
Meet at Toti Golf Course parking area (2nd Prospecton turn-off, after the Toyota factory). Come armed with black rubbish bags to be filled with plastic rubbish as you hike along the beach to the Thirsty Whale at Toti Beach for drinks / brunch. Walk back along the beach afterwards. Depart Glenwood shopping centre 08.30 or meet at the golf course 09.00

Sat 27 Oct 2018 Sibaya
Jon - 082 459 1522 | Grade 1 Easy | 8km
Parking at Sibaya, near the parking entrance, by 13.45. Hike over rolling hills, not all sugar cane. Options for drinks at Sibaya afterwards.

Sun 28 Oct 2018 Mitchell Park to Point
Alaistair - 082 675 7730 | Grade 2 | 22km
Walk through Durban, stopping for coffee and snacks along the way. Meet at Mitchell Park (Nimmo Road parking) at 07.30

Sat 3 Nov 2018 NuDriving Range(Hillcrest) to MacIntosh Falls
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3+ | 6km
Meet at NuDriving Range, left off M13 at exit 31 opposite Plantations Estate, at 13.45. Parking R20. per car. Please park away from entrance to Driving Range (golfers privilege). Hike through farmland to top of MacIntosh Falls, scramble to bottom of Falls. Steep climb up again.

Sun 4 Nov 2018 Beachwood Mangroves, river & beach
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2 | 12km
Meet at the Pick’n Pay Hyper, Durban North, at 08.00. Walk through the Beachwood Mangrove Reserve and along the river and across the beach. Donation of R30 pp towards the Reserve. Bring cozzies if you want to swim

Sat 10 Nov 2018 Summerveld – Shongweni Circuit (cancelled in June)
Jon - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2 easy. One steep hill. Vertigo warning. | 8km
From M13 take exit 33, left and first right into Cliffdale, then left into Hawkstone, right into Summerhill Rd. Park at Summerveld Lodge, behind Pub. Meet at 13.45. Trail along 'horse-country' roads and grasslands. Drinks at Lodge afterwards.

Sun 11 Nov 2018 Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve, Howick
Keith Ashton - keimarg@iuncapped.co.za | Grade 2 | 15km
Lovely views, plenty of game and bird life. Email only to Keith to confirm attendance and get details of time etc. R30pp

Sat 17 Nov 2018 Hillcrest Rail and Springside Nature Reserve
Sue - 079 980 0488 | Grade 2, easy | 8km
Meet at Station Masters Arms, Inanda Rd, Hillcrest at 13.45. Donation R20. Walk along 'reclaimed' railway, through Hillcrest, over grassland, and into Springside Nature Reserve. Drinks at Station Masters Arms.

Sun 18 Nov 2018 Mt Moreland
Jon - 082 459 1522 |
Join Jon as he explores new routes around Mt Moreland. He has never been on some of them, so come prepared! Meet Virginia Airport for 0730 departure or Mt Moreland village green for 0800. BYO drinks and snacks to celebrate safe return afterwards. Petrol sharing R15.

Sat 24 Nov 2018 Virginia Bush, Durban North
Ilona - 076 912 9829 | Grade 2 | 8km
Meet at 13.45 at Virginia Airport. Walk through Virginia Bush to enjoy old dune forest vegetation and birdsong. Ilona makes good use of many paths, twists and circuits in several parts of Virginia Bush. A gentle beach walk before drinks at the Wings Club at Virginia Airport. Forest, Beach and aeroplanes, even a helicopter or two, makes for an interesting afternoon.

Sun 25 Nov 2018 Ballito to Salt Rock
Margie - 073 437 6915 | Grade 1 | 14km
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 7.30 or Tedder Way, Ballito at 8.00 Petrol sharing R20

Sat 1 Dec 2018 Krantzkloof Nature Reserve surprise!
Ann - 083 666 5630 | Grade 2 | Short
Meet at main picnic site in Kloof Falls Rd, Kloof at 13.45. Entrance R40. Venture on new trail across main falls and up to View Site. Enjoy vistas of Gorge and out to east coast. BYO sundowners to enjoy in picnic site. Gate closes at 18.00

Sun 2 Dec 2018 Ramblers Year End Lunch

Sat 8 Dec 2018 Honey Trails, Monteseel.
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3 Strenuous | 8+km
Meet at Honey Trails on Old Main Rd. Monteseel at 13.30. On Old Main Rd from Botha’s Hill, left at large sign before Monteseel turnoff. Cost R20. Enjoy expansive views on new trails over grassland and through bush. BYO sundowners in gardens afterwards.

Sun 9 Dec 2018 Sunday hike / Social
Short hike followed by social braai. Details will be sent to all Sunday hike members nearer the time.

Sat 15 Dec 2018 Giba Gorge to MacIntosh Falls
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3+ Strenuous
Meet at Giba Gorge at 13.45. Cost R20. Hike along some steep trails to bottom of MacIntosh Falls and enjoy the cool spray! Refreshments at Giba Centre afterwards.

Sun 16 Dec 2018 Start of the silly season! Sunrise beach walk
Jill - 084 680 0818 | Grade 1 Easy | 12km
Time to revive an old Durban Ramblers’ tradition of the annual sunrise hike. Park Suncoast Casino to leave from outside the Wimpy at 05.30. Okay, so sun actually rises 04.50 but we’ll still witness a beautiful dawn! Walk along the Promenade to the surf club on the Point for drinks / breakfast and then back along the promenade. Home by lunchtime.

Sat 22 Dec 2018 Shongweni polo grounds to dams
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 2, Mod. | 8km
Exit 33 from M13, left, and first right then immediately left in to Shongweni Club. Park to right of main parking by 13.45. R20 per car. Hike on 'Park Run' trails, under N3, through cane fields to lower dams. Drinks at Shongweni Club.

Sun 23 Dec 2018 No hike scheduled – join Saturday Ramblers

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