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 5 Oct 2019 Winston Park
Colin Turner - 062 392 1818 | Grade 2, vertigo | 7km
Winston Park off-ramp from M13, proceed along Jan Smuts Ave, left at 4-way stop (still Jan Smuts Ave) many speed bumps, to view site at end, meet at 13.45. Views to the east, grassland flowers, hike long cliff top overlooking Stockville Valley to shade in the valley. BYO sundowners to enjoy at the viewsite.

Sun 6 Oct 2019 Nagle Dam / Umgeni Bend (Cato Ridge)
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2-3 | 15km
Hike through the tunnel (bring torches) and around the dam. BYO drinks/ snacks and relax at the dam after the hike. Msinsi Reserve entrance ±R30 (bring credit card). Meet at 07.30 at Union Main Centre (45 Old Main Rd), Pinetown. Petrol sharing R40. Non-members book with hike leader.

Sat 12 Oct 2019 Springside Nature Reserve
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 2 | 7km
Meet at 13.15 (early start as reserve closes early). Donation of R20.00 pp. Hike across grasslands south of the reserve, before doing a few loops in this delightful Nature Reserve. Hope to see many grassland spring flowers.

Sun 13 Oct 2019 Ballito to Salt Rock
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | Grade 2-3 | 15km
Beach hike from Ballito to Salt Rock with rocky outcrops (some difficult sections), lovely rock pools teeming with marine life and soft corals, tidal pools for a quick dip (bring costumes). Return same route or through the suburbs. Optional lunch/ drinks afterwards. [Full Moon tides Low 09.27; High 15.37]. Meet at 07.30 Virginia Airport or at 08.00 Tedder Way, Ballito. Petrol sharing R30. Non-members book with hike leader.

Sat 19 Oct 2019 Virginia Bush
Ilona Lamprecht - 076 912 9829 | Grade 2 | 9km
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 in several parts of this reserve. A gentle beach walk before drinks at the Wings Club at Virginia Airport.

Sun 20 Oct 2019 Bluff Nature Reserve to Treasure Beach - Recce
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2-3 | 15km
A combination of 2 Sat hikes. Start with Bluff Nature Reserve, the lesser known top section, walk Bluff streets to Treasure Beach, explore rock pools towards Brighton Beach, climb along a bushy path up the rounded cliff that gives the Bluff its name and zigzag along streets back to the Bluff NR bottom section. End with a picnic and/ or some bird watching. ±R40 reserve entrance. Meet 08.00 at Bluff NR in Tara Rd (near Quality Str/ Highbury Rd intersection) [note Amashova 2019 road closures]. Non-members book with hike leader.

Sat 26 Oct 2019 Clifton Tower Circuit, Shongweni
Werner Vanslembrouck - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3 | 8km
From M13, exit 33, left into Kassier Rd, over Toll Rd, left towards Shongweni Dam. Park at Mushroom Farm on left by 13.45. Start at 14.00, hiking through cane fields up to tower. Views east over Giba Gorge towards coast. Continue down a steep path, onto farm land before return to cars. Drinks at Shongweni Club.

Sun 27 Oct 2019 Westville Trails – Recce
Linda Smith - 083 353 8319 | Grade 2 | 12km
A new area to explore by Sunday hikers. Walk around the newly created Westville Trails and also the Westville Parkrun. Peace and tranquillity in an urban green lung. Some road walking may also be involved to add a bit of distance. R20 donation to the Westville Conservancy. Drinks after at the club. Meet and park at 08.00 at the Westville Country Club (1 Link Rd). Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 2 Nov 2019 Crowned Eagle Conservancy & Iphithi Nat. Reserve
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 2 | 8km
Park at Gillitts Post Office, York Rd, Gillitts, at 13.45. Donations R40.00 pp. Reclaimed wetlands in 2 conservancies. Walk down Stockville Rd to Crowned Eagle Cons., tour through the reclaimed wetland, waterfall, archaeological artefacts, then return along Stockville, cross M13 to Iphithi Nature Res. Drinks in Piazza where cars are parked.

Sun 3 Nov 2019 Umzinto Farm
Jon & Sharon - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2-3 | 15km
Hike on a farm in the Umzinto area. Lovely views. BYO for drinks and a braai at the farm house after the hike. Meet at 07.30 in road at Glenwood Village, 397 Che Guevara (Moore) Rd or at 08.00 at the Park Rynie off ramp (exit 104). Petrol sharing R50. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 9 Nov 2019 Edgecliff Conservancy
Werner Vanslembrouck - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3 | 8km
Park at Kloof Country Club (towards back of car park) by 13.30. New route from the Club, through Kloof to Edgecliff Conservancy near St Mary’s School, through grassland into Motala Valley, and up-hill return through bush to Kloof Country Club. Drinks after long hike at the Club.

Sun 10 Nov 2019 Verbara Umhlali
Jenny Rooks - 084 952 0622 | Grade 2-3 | 16km
Hike in the Umhlali area through coastal forest, shady streams, grasslands, protea and macadamia nut plantations and undulating sugar cane fields. 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 16 Nov 2019 Monteseel Ramble
Colin Turner - 062 392 1818 | Grade 3 | 8km
From Old Main Rd through Botha’s Hill, turn right to Monteseel, and first left to Hacienda Pub for parking, by 13.45. Colin will lead a ramble around Monteseel, where we take in views of the Valley of a 1000 Hills, and Hammarsdale to the south. No steep rocky clambering. Likely a hot hike, with a shady “tea spot”. Have a hat and plenty of water. Drinks at Hacienda in appreciation for parking.

Sun 17 Nov 2019 iSithumba Trails – Recce
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2-3 | 16km
Explore trails at iSithumba heading towards Mfula Store. We may not reach Mfula Store - but future hikes around there are on the cards. Umgeni River crossings involved - come prepared. R40 members; R50 non-members. Meet at 07.30 Maytime Centre (20 Charles Way), Gillitts or at 08.15 at iSithumba Adventure Park (15030 D1004 Rd, Ximba). Petrol sharing R30. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 23 Nov 2019 Krantzkloof NR - Longshadow Trail
Ann Olds - Grade 2 | 7.5km
Meet at the main picnic site in Kloof Falls Rd by 13.30. Entrance R50.00 pp. Enjoy a shaded walk through riverine forest along the Molweni river. A few river crossings. 083 666 5630

Sun 24 Nov 2019 Zinkwazi – Recce
Jon Stevens - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2-3 | 15km
Walk south from Zinkwazi Beach. This hasn’t been walked for a while so who knows what has changed. However the old red dune erosion pits should still be there. These are quite unusual. Drinks after at the club. Meet at 07.40 Sibaya Casino near the entrance or at 08.30 Zinkwazi Ski Boat Club (parking at the end of Seagull Drive). Petrol sharing R50. Non- members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 30 Nov 2019 Hillcrest Keg and Canefields
Werner Vanslembrouck - 084 206 7836 | Grade 2 | 10km
Meet at the Oxford Centre in Hillcrest, (off Olds Main Rd) at The Keg at 13.45. Hike down into valley below Plantations. Some wooded areas, a stream crossing, and canefields. Possibly hot, so a welcome drink at The Keg afterwards.

Sun 1 Dec 2019 Nkutu to Lingwood Beacon (KKNR) – Recce
Abdullah Dada - 084 478 6779 | Grade 4, vertigo | 17km
A lesser travelled route. Hike from Nkutu picnic site along the Molweni Trail down the Wall to 10 Feet Crossing (Sauros Pools), up to Uve Road to pick up the Beacon Trail. The return is down into the gorge on the Molweni Trail and back up the Wall to Nqutu. We go down into the gorge twice - so it's a fairly strenuous hike. But this stunning and very rewarding reserve with many wonderful views makes all the effort worth it. BYO for post hike picnic / refreshments. Entrance R50. Meet at 08.00 Nkutu picnic site (62 Valley Dr, Forest Hill). Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 7 Dec 2019 Giba Gorge to base of MacIntosh Falls
Werner Vanslembrouck - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3 Strenuous | 9km
Meet at Giba Gorge at 13.45. Entrance cost R10.00 pp. Hike along some steep trails to bottom of MacIntosh Falls, and enjoy the cool spray! Refreshments at Giba Centre afterwards.

Sun 8 Dec 2019 Ramblers Year End Lunch - Shongweni Club
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Sat 14 Dec 2019 Shongweni Park Run and Dams
Abdullah Dada - 084 478 6779 | Grade 2 | 8km
Exit 33 from M13, left and first right then immediately left into 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 dams. Drinks after at Shongweni Club

Sun 15 Dec 2019 Eston
Margie Forbes - 073 437 6915 | Grade 2-3 | 17km
Drive in convoy to a farm near Tala game reserve for a hike over rolling hills of indigenous bush, grasslands and cane. Donation R20 members, R30 non-members. Meet to leave promptly at 07.30 at Union Main Centre, Pinetown or at 07.50 at the Camperdown off-ramp (N3 exit 57). R50 petrol sharing. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 21 Dec 2019 Everton Conservancy
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 3 | 7km
Meet at Acutts Dr bridge (entrance to Everton Conservancy Trail) 13.45. From M13, Everton Rd, Kloof, left fork into Acutts Dr. Donation R20.00pp to Everton Conservancy. Circular trail through forest and wetland to waterfall.

Sun 22 Dec 2019 Art Deco Walk from Wilson's Wharf – Recce
Jonathan - 082 420 9577 | Grade 1 | 12km
Jonathan will lead a walk around central Durban pointing out some of our architectural heritage, specifically the Art Deco Style. We will then head off to view the new Promenade extension at the harbour mouth. Bring some money for refreshments along the way. Drinks afterwards at Wilson’s Wharf. Park at Wilson’s Wharf (Boatmans Rd) to start walking at 08.00. Non-members to please book with hike leader.

Sat 28 Dec 2019 Alverstone Wildlife Park
Werner Vanslembrouck - 084 206 7836 | 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 29 Dec 2019 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.