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 Hikes 

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

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Saturday HikesSunday Hikes

30 Sep 2017 Rumdoodle Hike
Linda - 083 353 8319 | Grade 2 - Moderate | 7km
Meet at the Uve Road Car Park of the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. R30 fee towards the Reserve. A hike to Rumdoodle with detours.

1 Oct 2017 Mt Gilboa
Marie Gurr Stella Wells - 082 586 0266 - 078 319 8979 |
Note: Members only.
Join the ‘weekenders’, who will be staying at Shawswood , on this hike.
Directons: Go thru Howick, turn right on to the Karkloof/Rietvlei Road and travel approx. 23km Shawswood is just beyond Bushwillow Caravan/Camping. Meet and park at 8.30 (Bundy will show you where to park.)
Please let Marie or myself know if you will be joining us, preferably before Friday 29 Sept.
Guide fees R20

7 Oct 2017 D'Moss / Portuguese Club
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 1 - Easy | 7km
Great beginners Hike. Meet and park at the Portuguese Club (5 Wright Place, Carrington Heights) at 13.45 to explore the Umbilo D'Moss trail and surrounds.

8 Oct 2017 Killarney Rockeries
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | Grade 2-3 | 14km
Steep in places and hopefully lots of spring fowers. Meet at Union Main Centre, 45 Old Main Road, Pinetown, at 7.30 or Cato Ridge turn of (exit 53) at 7.50, or follow signboards to Highstakes where hike will start at 8.00.
Refreshments at Highstakes afer the hike. Petrol sharing from Pinetown R30

14 Oct 2017 Tanglewood
Sue - 079 980 0488 | Grade 3 - Strenuous | 11km
Meet and park at the Kloof Country Club (26 Victory Rd) at 13.45. This hike will take us around the beautful Tanglewood Nature Reserve and surrounds. Drinks afterwards at the Kloof Country Club. R20 donation to the Tanglewood Reserve.

15 Oct 2017 Toti Trek
Anna Kapp - 071 427 7139 | Grade 2 | 15km
An exploraton of Amanzimtot, incorporatng a walk along the Tot River. A slightly diferent route from the one done previously.
Meet at the Lord and Legends, Riverside Rd. Amanzimtot at 8.00 . Drinks after at the Sports Bar!

21 Oct 2017 Beacon Trail KKK
Abdullah Dada - 084 478 6779 | Grade 3 - Vertigo warning | 7km
Meet at the KKNR main entrance at 13:45 for a hike through the forest then up to the open grassland and the beacon. Entrance fee R30.00. Meet afterwards for drinks at the Nature Café in Kloof Falls Road.

22 Oct 2017 (Amashova) Umzinto Farm
Jon & Sharon - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2-3 | 15km
Hike on a farm in the Umzinto area. Lovely views. Meet in road at Glenwood Village, 397 Che Guevara Rd (Moore rd) at 7.30 or the Park Rynie offramp at 8.00. BYO for drinks /braai at the farm house afer the hike. Petrol sharing R45

28 Oct 2017 Ubikwe Eco Trail
Linda - 083 353 8319 | Grade 2 - Moderate | 5km
New Hike! Meet and park at the start of the trail at 1 Deeptank Road, Lower Illovo Business Park. Please inform security that you are going to the trail. Beautiful walk with lots of birdlife. R20 to the Eco-trail Conservancy.

29 Oct 2017 Umgeni Valley Nature Reserve
Keith Ashton / Stella Wells - 0332395023 / keimarg@iuncapped.co.za / 0783198979 / stellawells4@gmail.com | Grade 2-3 | 12-15km
Lovely day hike in a beautiful area - great views & a chance to see plenty of game & bird life. Several trail variatons. Combined hike with Midlands Hiking Club & Mountain Backpackers. Please phone the leader to book a place on this hike by Wednesday 25 Oct. Immediately thereafter, contact Stella to co-ordinate transport from Durban, if required. Entrance fee to reserve R30

4 Nov 2017 Shongweni Hike
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 2 - Moderate | 8km
New Hike! Meet and park at the Shongweni Polo grounds (parking to the right of the Polo Pony parking ) at 13.45. Hike will go to the lower dams across from the N3 , then through the grounds to the K4 dog entrance, down to the M3 and back Drinks afterwards at the Polo Pony.

5 Nov 2017 Nagle Dam
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3 | 15km
Hike through the tunnel and around the dam. Bring own drinks and relax at the dam afer the hike. Meet at Union Main Centre, 45 Old Main Road, Pinetown, at 7.30. Petrol sharing R35. Entrance fee R25 .

11 Nov 2017 Gillitts Suburbs and Iphithi Nature Reserve
Ann - 083 666 5630 | Grade 2 - Moderate | 8km
Meet at 13.45 at the Gillits Post Office.
A walk around suburbs of Gillits and the lovely Iphithi Nature Reserve. Drinks afterwards at a local pub. R20 donation to the Iphithi conservancy

12 Nov 2017 No hike scheduled
Weekend away

18 Nov 2017 Monteseel Hike
Linda - 083 353 8319 | Grade 3 - Strenuous - Vertigo warning | 7km
Meet at the Hacienda Pub in St Andries Street, Monteseel at 13.45. A different route used by mountain climbers down into the Monteseel Valley. Some clif edges and boulder scrambling, definitely fitness required. Down into the Valley of a 1000 hills and back again. Donation of R20 to the Monteseel Conservancy. Drinks afterwards at the Hacienda Pub

19 Nov 2017 Gromor
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | Grade 2 | 15km
A moderate hike across Gromor land through the old railway nursery, across the railway bridge and back to Inchanga.
Meet at Union Main Centre, 45 Old Main Road, Pinetown, in time for a prompt 7.30 departure or Inchanga Station at 8.00. Petrol sharing R20

25 Nov 2017 Whilson's Wharf
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 1 - Easy | 9km
NEW SAT HIKE. Meet and park at Wilson’s Wharf. This hike will stop at the maritime museum (entrance fee R10), continue onto UShaka and explore the old Point Road area. Drinks afterwards at Wilson’s Wharf

26 Nov 2017 Sunday hike / Social
Short hike followed by social braai. Details will be sent to all Sunday hike members nearer the time.

2 Dec 2017 St Helier / Giba Gorge
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 2 - Moderate | 8km
Meet and park at the Oxford Village (old Heritage Market) at 13.45. We will walk from there to St Helier road and through Giba Gorge.

3 Dec 2017 Pennington Conservancy
Anne Wilson - 079 850 0206 | Grade 2 | 19km
Explore the coastal forest trails of Umdoni Park, including the gorge along the Nkumbane river and a short beach walk. Drinks on the club deck, overlooking the sea, afterwards.
Meet in road at Glenwood Village, 397 Che Guevara Rd (Moore) at 7.00 or Umdoni golf club parking at 8.15. Petrol sharing R50

9 Dec 2017 Hill 'n Dale Farm
Jenny Rookes - 084 952 0622 | Grade 2 - Moderate | 8km
A hike that takes us through the conservancy with a combination of grassland and cane in the Hammersdale area. Meet at 13.30 at the now closed Assagay hotel to drive in convey to the Hill ‘n Dale Farm ( -29.766542, 30.654463). R20 per person donation for the Hill ‘n Dale Conservancy.

10 Dec 2017 Club End of Year Lunch
See magazine for details.

16 Dec 2017 Reconciliation Day - Nagle Dam Hike and Social
Linda - 083 353 8319 | Grade 1 - Easy | 7km
Join us for a Ramblers social on Reconciliation Day. Meet at the first picnic site at the lower entrance of Nagle Dam at 10.00. We will do a short hike that takes us through the reserve past the dam wall and back. Entrance fee R30.00 (bring your credit cards just in case cash is not accepted). BYO braai and social afterwards at the picnic site by the river.

17 Dec 2017 Mount Moreland
Jenny Rookes - 084 952 0622 | Grade 2 - Moderate | 15km
This is a redesigned version of a hike not done for several years and will start at Mount Moreland through to La Mercy. No beach hiking. BYO for after the hike. Meet Virginia airport at 7.00 or the Village Green, Mt Moreland at 7.30. Petrol sharing R20.

23 Dec 2017 Barn Swallows Hike
Linda - 083 353 8319 | Grade 2 - Moderate | 10km
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!