Saturday HikesSunday Hikes

Sun 1 Jul 2018 New Hike! Hilton College Conservancy
Philip - 082 417 0204 | Grade 2 moderate | 15km
Explore the Hilton College Conservancy, with its wonderful views over the Midlands. Meet Union Main. at 7:00 for ride sharing, petrol sharing R50, or at the Hilton College gates at 08.30. R30 donation to the Conservancy.

Sat 7 Jul 2018 Crestholme
Colin - 031 708 3517 | Grade 2 Moderate | 8km
Meet at Jock's Cafe at 13.30, to proceed to private parking. Drive east on Inanda Rd from Waterfall, pass Crinkley Bottom, turn at Crestholme signpost on left, immediately left again. Walk across grasslands to expansive views of Inanda Dam.

Sun 8 Jul 2018 Paradise Valley to Pavilion
Margie - 073 437 6915 | Grade 3 | 16km
Linear walk from Paradise Valley Reserve back to the Pavilion. Cars will be shuttled from Pavilion. Meet 7.30 at the free shaded parking area at rear of Pavilion (next to the recycle area) Petrol sharing R15. Reserve fee R10. Drinks at Pavilion afterwards.

Sat 14 Jul 2018 Bux Farm
Jon - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3 | 8km
M13, exit 33, left and first right into Cliffdale, left into Hawkstone, right into Summerhill Rd, park at Summerveld Lodge by 13.30. Hike along rural roads, up and over grasslands for views towards Hammarsdale. Drinks at the Lodge.

Sun 15 Jul 2018 Umhlanga Estuary
Jon - 082 459 1522 | Grade 2 | 16km
Meet and park in the nature reserve next to Breakers Hotel, Umhlanga, in time to start hiking at 8.00. We'll spend the day exploring the Umhlanga Estuary. Drinks at the Breakers

Sat 21 Jul 2018 Kloof - Nkonka
Ann Olds - 083 666 5630 | Grade 4
Park at main picnic site, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Kloof Falls Rd, Kloof, 13.45. R30.00 entrance / Rhino card. Hike up behind the Conference Centre to grasslands with views to the ocean, and steep scramble down to foot of Nkonka waterfall. Drinks at Nature Cafe.

Sun 22 Jul 2018 Umdoni Conservancy, Pennington
Anne Wilson - 079 850 0206 | Grade 3 | 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 07.30 or Umdoni golf club parking at 8.30. Petrol sharing R60

Sat 28 Jul 2018 Botha's Hill along the railway
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 2 moderate | 9km
Park at Sugar Loaf Centre, Old Main Rd, bottom of Botha's Hill, opposite church.(proceed through traffic lights cnr of Old Main Rd and Kassier Rd) Meet at 13.45. Hike along railway line to the historic Botha's Hill station. Return via Heidi's Farm Stall and suburb of Assagay. Drinks at Station Master's Arms, Hillcrest.

Sun 29 Jul 2018 Kirk Falls
Jon - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3-4 strenuous | 18km
Walk over undulating hills down to the Delville Wood station from the opposite side, through the tunnels to the Kirk Falls. Meet at at Union Main, Pine Town at 8.00 or at Maytime Centre, Kloof at 8.15 from where we will drive to the parking. Petrol sharing R25.

Sat 4 Aug 2018 Palmiet
Linda - 083 353 8319 | Grade 3 vertigo warning
Park at Palmiet Nature Reserve, Old New Germany Rd, Westville, 13.45. Donation R20.00. Hike up-stream, and then back to main reserve, across river and up to grasslands. Some steep areas. Drinks at Waxy O'Connor's.

Sun 5 Aug 2018 1000 Hills
Stella - 078 319 8979 | Grade 3-4 (Steep in parts) | 18km
Hike into the valley and follow the river before scrambling back up to the dirt road then back down to river before the final climb out of the valley, via the dam. Meet 1000 Hills Chef School, Wootton Ave, Botha's Hill at 8.00. Petrol sharing R20. Drinks there afterwards.

Thu 9 Aug 2018 Women's Day Shongweni hike + BYO braai
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 2 easy | 6km
Relax, hike and braai on the banks of Shongweni Dam. Cost R45 pp, discount for pensioners. Free entry with a Wild Card (not Rhino card). Meet alongside the Mzinyati Canoe club by 9.00 for hike at 9.30. Braai fires lit at noon. BYO meat, salads, utensils, drinks, chairs etc.

Sat 11 Aug 2018 SPCA, Kloof
Ann - 083 66 5630 | Grade 2 vertigo | 7km
M13, exit Village Rd, left, and quickly right to Kloof SPCA. Park outside main offices on left by 13.45. Hike through Glenholme Nature Reserve, grasslands, out to St Mary's Rd, return to SPCA to hike along cliff top and scramble down a bit to explore waterfall area. Varied, and not all easy. R20.00 donation.

Sun 12 Aug 2018 KZN Table Mountain
Philip Collyer - 082 417 0204 | Grade 4 | Strenuous
Meet 7.30 at the Cato Ridge Motors to drive to Nagel Dam for 8.00. Those wishing to meet there may do so. We will then drive through to a base from where the climb of the KZN Table Mountain will be from the base of the valley to summit. Donation to guide R30.

Sat 18 Aug 2018 Infinite Adventures, Wootton Rd, Botha's Hill.
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 3 Strenuous | 9km
Meet at Pot & Kettle, Botha's Hill 13.30, to proceed to Infinite Adventures for hike. Start at 14.00, donation R20.00. Hike on ⬠SPark Run⬠ tracks, up grassy hill towards Phezulu. Beautiful views of the Valley of 1000 Hills.

Sun 19 Aug 2018 Mount Moreland & surrounds
Jenny - 084 952 0622 | Grade 2-3 | 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 R25.

Sat 25 Aug 2018 Uve Road to 10ft Crossing, Krantzkloof.
Abdullah - 084 478 6779 | Grade 3+ Vertigo | 7km
Meet at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Uve Road entrance. Entrance R30.00 / Rhino card. Hike at 14.00. Hike along grassland path to ⬠SRumdoodle Crack⬠, then down steeply to 10 Ft Crossing (formerly known as Saurus Pools). Strenuous climb up again. BYO refreshment for after hike.

Sun 26 Aug 2018 Giba Gorge
Jon - 082 459 1522 | Grade 3 | 16km
A moderate hike with a few ups and downs in and around Giba Gorge. See the Macintosh Falls (twice) and admire the cucumber farm. Drinks at Giba after the hike. Meet at Giba Gorge at 8.00. There is an entry fee of R20.

Sat 1 Sep 2018 Delville Wood
Abdullah - 084 478 6779 | Grade 2 | 10km
M13, exit 33, left into Kassier Rd, over Toll Rd, left towards Shongweni Dam. Park at Mushroom farm. Hike starts at 14.00. Goes through sugar cane, then down to railway line and Delville Wood Station, through tunnel to see waterfall. Long, rewarding hike. Car guard tip. Drinks at Shongweni Club.

Sun 2 Sep 2018 Everdon Estates, Karkloof, with Midlands Hiking Club
Keith Ashton - | Grade 3 | 12-15km
Hike through Everdon Estates with the man who knows the area better than anybody. This hike has some of the most spectacular views in the area including the Umgeni and Karkloof Rivers. Cecil Hackney will lead the hike but bookings are through Keith and you'll need to book early to secure your place ⬠ closing date Wednesday 29 August 2018ust. R20 donation to conservancy

Sat 8 Sep 2018 Ipithi Nature Reserve, Gillitts
Ann - 083 666 5630 | Grade 1 | 7km
M13, exit 26 from Dbn side, right over Everton Bridge, 1st left, then right into Old Station Rd, 2nd left into Edward. Entrance for Iphithi Nature Reserve is after first house on right (note the windmill). R20.00 to the Conservancy. We will hike at 14.00 through this reclaimed wet-land, then ⬠Üstep it out' in the suburb, to another green belt. BYO refreshment for after the hike.

Sun 9 Sep 2018 Vernon Crookes
Stella - 078 319 8979 | Grade 2/3 Strenuous | 15km
Open grassland and forest with opportunities to see game. The reserve turn-off is approximately 12.5km from the N2 Park Rynie/Umzinto turn-off and the entrance gate is a further 6km Meet at Glenwood Village, 397 Che Guevara (Moore) Rd at 7.15 or reserve office/reception at 8.30. Petrol sharing R70. Entrance fee R30

Sat 15 Sep 2018 Giba Gorge from Winston Park/St Helier
Werner - 084 206 7836 | Grade 2 | 9km
Park by 13.45 in vicinity of Gillitts Post Office, behind Caltex Garage, York Rd, Gillitts. Hike at 14.00 through tree-lined Jan Smuts Avenue to grassy area overlooking Giba Gorge and N2, then along cliff top to pathway down into Giba Conservancy. Continue towards St Hillier Dam, then along road back to Gillitts Post Office.

Sun 16 Sep 2018 Kloof Gorge
Margie - 073 437 6915 | Grade 3-4 | 12km
Walk through the Gorge to Soras Pools and return along the river. Steep in places so fitness essential. Meet main picnic/parking area at 7.30. Parking/entrance fee R30

Sat 22 Sep 2018 Kranzkloof Falls
Ann - 083 666 5630 | Grade 4 Vertigo | 7km
Meet at main picnic site, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Kloof Falls Rd, Kloof, at 13.45. Entance R30.00 / Rhino card. We set off on the Molweni Trail down to the river, then up-stream on the Kloof Falls Trail to the falls. A number of river crossings, steep descent and return ascent.

Sun 23 Sep 2018 Karkloof hike.
Neville Lee - 083 626 9983 | Grade 2+ | 6 hours
Come and see the indigenous clivias in bloom, then have lunch at Grey Mare's Tail falls. Most of the hike is in pristine indigenous forest. Meet at Bushwillow Park in the Karkloof from 8 am. We start walking at 8.30 sharp. Combined hike : Midlands Hiking Club + Durban Ramblers. Cost R35 (to be confirmed)

Mon 24 Sep 2018 Heritage day Springside Nature Reserve & Surrounds
Steve - 083 956 1556 | Grade 2
Spend a relaxing morning with a hike and braai at Sprngside Nature Reserve, Hillcrest. Meet at 9.00 Donation of R20.00. Hike over grasslands where there may be spring flowers, through riverine forest, wetlands, and some extended hiking through neighbouring grassland. Braai fires will be lit around noon. BYO food, drinks and utensils.

Sat 29 Sep 2018 Inchanga Station & surrounds
Colin - 031 708 3517 | Grade 3 | 9km
N3, exit 43 (Hammarsdale). Turn right over N3, left towards Monteseel, then right to Inchanga Station. Meet and park at the old Inchanga Railway Station at 13.30. Colin will lead a hike up hill, and down, over grassland, along the railway ⬠ wherever⬠¦Car-guard tips.

Sun 30 Sep 2018 Toti Trek
Anna - 071 427 7139 | Grade 2 | 15km
An exploration of Amanzimtoti, incorporating a walk along the Toti River. A slightly different route from the one done previously. Depart Glenwood 07.30 or meet at the Lord and Legends, Riverside Rd, ⬠ÜToti at 08.00. Drinks at the Sports Bar afterwards.