Botanical Society of South Africa - Kirstenbosch Branch
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Out and About

Walks on the Peninsula

Saturday 25 January: Enjoy a morning botanical ramble amongst the fynbos. For full details contact one of the leaders: Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665; Cheryl Leith 021 7971618 or Liz Barnett 021 5318605.

Sunday 26 January: Noordhoek Peak. Meet at 08h00 at the Silvermine Dam for a 4 hour walk via Noordhoek Peak. Reasonably strenuous. Leaders: Dirk Muller 0827795855; Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Margaret Herron 021 6855579; Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Pat and Tony Rebelo 021 7127816.

Saturday 8 February: Steenberg Mountains. Meet at 08h00 at the Steenberg Plateau parking area just off Ou Kaapse Weg for a morning walk in the Steenberg Mountains. Duration 4 hours. Leaders Ivor Jardine 021 6899031; Lucille Krige 021 6719555; Teresa Raposo 0836756884; Jean Stephenson 021 5317468; Heidi Timm 021 6710726. 

Wednesday 19 February: Red Disas – Nursery Ravine/Skeleton Gorge. The annual ‘pilgrimage’ to admire the stunning Disa uniflora. BotSoc card or entrance fee required. This is a strenuous 6-7 hour hike. Meet at the Rycroft Gate at 07h30. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Margaret Herron 021 6855579.

Saturday 29 February: Enjoy a morning botanical ramble amongst the fynbos. For full details contact one of the leaders: Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665; Cheryl Leith 021 7971618 or Liz Barnett 021 5318605.

Sunday 15 March: Echo Valley, Spes Bona Kloof above Kalk Bay. Meet at 08h00 at the Boyes Drive turnoff to share cars. We will walk from the Yellowwood tree. Reasonably strenuous. Duration 4 hours. Leaders: Dirk Muller 0827795855; Pat & Tony Rebelo 021 7127816; Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 7944836; Jean Stephenson 021 5317468.

Wednesday 18 March: Baskloof Private Reserve above Scarborough. A lovely mildly strenuous walk onto Redhill where we hope to see Erica fairii. Reserve fee of R30 payable. Meet at 08h00 at the Camel Rock Restaurant parking area in Scarborough. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Margaret Herron 021 6855579.

Saturday 28 March. Enjoy a morning botanical ramble amongst the fynbos. For full details contact one of the leaders: Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665; Cheryl Leith 021 7971618 or Liz Barnett 021 5318605.

Wednesday 15 April: Vlakkenberg. A mildly strenuous morning walk offering 360° views over the southern peninsula. Meet at the Constantia Nek parking area at 09h00. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Margaret Herron 021 6855579.


Saturday 18 April: Silvermine. Meet at the parking lot next to the dam at 08h30. Reasonably strenuous. Duration 4 hours. Leaders: Ivor Jardine 021 6899031; Jill Blignaut 021 7944836; Margie Herron 021 6855579; Lucille Krige 021 6719555.

Saturday 25 April. Enjoy a morning botanical ramble amongst the fynbos. For full details contact one of the leaders: Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665; Cheryl Leith 021 7971618 or Liz Barnett 021 5318605. 


Sunday 10 May: Silvermine. Meet at 09h00 in the parking lot on the left after entering the main Silvermine gate. Reasonably strenuous. Duration 4 hours. Leaders Dirk Muller 0827795855; Pat and Tony Rebelo 021 7127816; Ann MacGregor 0828235805; Zoe Poulsen; Teresa Raposo 0836756884; Heidi Timm 021 5317468.


Wednesday 20 May: Myburg’s Ravine overlooking Hout Bay. A gentle morning walk in the fynbos. Meet at 08h30 at the Ruyterplaats parking area next to Suikerbossie just off Victoria Road heading towards Llandudno. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Margaret Herron 021 6855579.  

Saturday 30 May. Enjoy a morning botanical ramble amongst the fynbos. For full details contact one of the leaders: Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665; Cheryl Leith 021 7971618 or Liz Barnett 021 5318605.

Sunday 14 June: Rhodes Memorial. Meet at Rhodes Memorial at 09h00. Easy walk. Duration 3 hours. Leaders: Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Jean Stephenson 021 5317468; Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Margie Herron 021 6855579.  


Wednesday 17 June: Oppelskop. A mildly strenuous 4-5 hour hike along Table Mountain’s north eastern lower and upper contours via Saddle Rock with a tea stop at Oppelskop. Meet at 09h00 at the last parking spot on Tafelberg Road. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Margaret Herron 021 6855579.

Saturday 27 June. Enjoy a morning botanical ramble amongst the fynbos. For full details contact one of the leaders: Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665; Cheryl Leith 021 7971618 or Liz Barnett 021 5318605.  


IN THE GARDEN – Guided Walks in Kirstenbosch

Kirstenbosch Gardens is indeed extremely fortunate to have an enthusiastic and hugely knowledgeable team of volunteer garden guides drawn from the Botanical Society. Each guide presents a unique tour taking in the highlights of the season. All tours are free.

Guided Walks in Kirstenbosch

Monday to Friday:
Leaving from Gate 1 (Visitors’ Centre): 90 minute walks at 10h00, 11h00 and 14h00 (except the first Monday morning of each month)
Leaving from Gate 2 (Garden Centre): 90 minute walks at 10h45 (except the first Monday morning of each month)

Saturday:
Leaving from Gate 1 (Visitors’ Centre): 90 minute walks at 10h00
Leaving from Gate 2 (Garden Centre): 90 minute walks at 10h45

No walks on Sundays.

Bird Walks in Kirstenbosch

These fascinating few hours getting to recognise some of Kirstenbosch’s feathered visitors are led by volunteers from the Cape and Tygerberg Bird clubs. All walks leave from the Information Desk at the main Visitors’ Centre Gate 1. The walks are free.

Tuesday 21 January, starting at 8:00am, led by Joel Radue.
Wednesday 12 February, starting at 8:00am, led by Felicity Ellmore.
Wednesday 12 February, starting at 8:00am, led by Felicity Ellmore.
Wednesday 18 March, starting at 8:00am, led by Otto Schmidt.
Tuesday 14 April, starting at 8:00am, led by Simon Fogarty.
Wednesday 13 May, starting at 8:00am, led by Margaret MacIver.