Botanical Society of South Africa - Kirstenbosch Branch
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Out and About

Walks on the Peninsula

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.

Wednesday 15 January: Lubbert’s Gift and Kirstenbosch contour paths. A lovely shady morning’s walk exploring Kirstenbosch’s forested areas. BotSoc card or entrance fee required. Meet at 08h00 at the Visitor’s Centre parking area. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Margaret Herron 021 6855579.

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.

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.

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.

Monday 11 November, starting at 08h00 led by Vince Ward.
Saturday 7 December, starting at 15h30 led by Cheryl Faull.
Saturday 28 December, starting at 08h00 led by Linda Hibbin.