Botanical Society of South Africa - Kirstenbosch Branch
Know, grow and protect South Africa's indigenous flora

Out and About

Walks on the Peninsula

Saturday 29 June: Enjoy a morning botanical ramble on the Peninsula. For full details, contact the leaders: Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665; Cheryl and Bill Leith 021 7971618.

Wednesday 17 July: Slangkop – Kommetjie. Lovely morning mildly strenuous walk where we hope to see the beautiful Audouinia capitata in flower. Meet at the top of Rubbi Road, Kommetjie at 09h00. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605 or Margaret Herron 021 6855579. 

Sunday 21 July: Circumnavigation of Devils Peak via Newlands Ravine. Meet at Rhodes Memorial at 09h00. Strenuous. Duration 6 hours. Leaders: Dirk Muller 082 7795855; Pat and Tony Rebelo; 021 7127816; Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Lucille Krige 021 6719555; Margie Herron 021 6855579. 

Saturday 27 July: 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. 

Saturday 10 August: Silvermine. Meet at the Silvermine Dam car park at 09h00. Reasonably strenuous. Duration 3 hours. Leaders: Ivor Jardine 021 6899031; Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Moiragh Girdwood 021 6716890; Ann MacGregor 021 7857276. 

Wednesday 21 August: Jonkersdam – Glencairn. A morning walk where we will encounter the delightful Protea scolymocephala. Meet at 09h00 at the Jonkersdam signboard at the top of the Glencairn Expressway shortly before it descends down to Main Road. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605 or Margaret Herron 021 6855579. 

Saturday 24 August: 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 8 September: Meet at Deer Park just above Herzlia School at 08h30. Duration 3 hours. Reasonably strenuous. Leaders: Dirk Muller 0827795855; Teresa Raposo 021 4222874; Pat & Tony Rebelo 021 7127816; Jean Stephenson 021 5317468; Heidi Timm 021 6710726. 

Wednesday 18th September: Noordhoek Peak – Silvermine West. A delightful morning walk amongst superb fynbos and with stunning views. Relatively strenuous. Meet at 08h30 at the dam parking area. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605 or Margaret Herron 021 6855579. 

Saturday 28 September: 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 6 October: Meet at the Silvermine car park at 08h00 at the top of Ou Kaapse Weg on the left traveling towards Fish Hoek. 3 to 4 hours walk. Reasonably strenuous. Leaders: Dirk Muller 0827795855; Pat & Tony Rebelo 021 7127816; Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Lucille Krige 0849592157. 

Wednesday 16 October: Tygerberg Nature Reserve. A 5 hour mildly strenuous, scenically beautiful walk on Swartland Shale Renosterveld rich in geophytes and other spring flowers. Meet at 09h00 at the Welgemoed Main Gate at the end of Totius Street. A small entrance fee payable. Rain will cancel. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605 or Margaret Herron 021 6855579. 

Saturday 26 October: 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. 

Saturday 2 November: Kalk Bay Mountains. Meet at 08h00 at the bottom of Boyes Drive in Lakeside for a morning walk above Kalk Bay. Reasonably strenuous. Duration 3 to 4 hours. Leaders: Ivor Jardine 021 6899031; Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Jill Blignaut 021 7944836; Moiragh Girdwood 021 6716890; Jean Stephenson 021 5317468. 

Wednesday 20 November: Cape Point. A reasonably strenuous 5 hour walk along the scenically stunning and botanically rich False Bay side from the first parking area after the gate to Booi se Skerm at the coast – cars at both ends. Meet at the Entrance Gate at 08h00. Wild/Green Card or entrance fee required. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605 or Margaret Herron 021 6855579. 

Saturday 30 November: 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 8 December: Newlands Forest. Meet at the main entrance at 09h00 for a 3 hour meander through indigenous forest. Leaders: Dirk Muller 0827795855; Ann MacGregor 0828235805; Adre Marshall 0836583158; Teresa Raposo 0836756884; Jane von Witt 021 6839822; Zoe Poulsen.

Wednesday 18 December: Skeleton Gorge/Aqueduct/Cecelia Ravine to see the exquisite drip disa, Disa longicornu. This is a 7 hour strenuous hike, thus come prepared with lots of water and snacks. Meet at 07h30 at Kirstenbosch Gate 2 next to the Garden Centre Nursery Shop. Contact: Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605 or Margaret Herron 021 6855579.


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 9 July, starting at 08h00 led by Joel Radue
Tuesday 13 August, starting at 08h00 led by Dennis Laidler
Tuesday 10 September, starting at 08h00 led by Daryl de Beer
Tuesday 15 October, starting at 08h00 led by Peter Steyn