Botanical Society of South Africa - Kirstenbosch Branch
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Out and About

Walks on the Peninsula

Sunday 10 February: All Day Walk to see the Red Disas. Please note: due to the closure of Myburgh’s Ravine by SANParks the original route and meeting venue have been changed. We will meet at 08h00 at Gate 2 in Kirstenbosch and ascend Table Mountain via Skeleton Gorge to see the Disas at the Aquaduct and descend via upper part of Disa Gorge and back down either Skeleton or Nursery Ravine. The walk is strenuous and is about 8 hours in duration. The walk leaders are Dirk Muller 0827795855; Pat & Tony Rebelo 021 7127816; Margaret Kahle 021 7623170 and Jean Stephenson 021 5317468.

Wednesday 20 February: Newlands Forest. A cool morning walk under the shade of the superb indigenous forest. Meet at 08h00 at the Newlands Forest main entrance (Forest Station) on the M3. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605 or Margaret Herron 021 6855579.

Saturday 23 February: an enjoyable ramble amongst the fynbos. For details of the route and meeting venue, please contact one of the leaders: Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665; Cheryl Leith 021 7971618 or Liz Barnett 021 5318605.

Sunday 17 March: Steenberg Plateau. Meet at the Steenberg Plateau parking area on the summit of Ou Kaapse Weg. Morning walk. Reasonably strenuous. Leaders: Margaret Herron 021 6855579; Lucille Krige 0849592157; Teresa Raposo 0836756884; Heidi Timm 021 6710726.

Wednesday 20 March: Kalk Bay – Echo Valley/Spes Bona Kloof. A superb display of Haemanthus can be expected. Mildly strenuous. Meet at the Lakeside turn-off to Boyes Drive at 08h00. Contact Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605 or Margaret Herron 021 6855579.

Saturday 26 March: a delightful ramble of 4 to 5 hours. For details of the route and meeting venue, please contact one of the leaders: Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665; Cheryl Leith 021 7971618 or Liz Barnett 021 5318605.

Saturday 13 April: Kalk Bay Mountains. Meet at 08h30 at the intersection of Boyes Drive and Main Road in Lakeside. Hike from the yellow wood tree in Boyes Drive up Spes Bona Kloof and down Echo Valley. Duration approximately 3 hours. Reasonably strenuous. Leaders: Ivor Jardine 021 6899031; Jill Blignaut 021 7944836; Catherine Burnett 021 7881778; Moiragh Girdwood 021 6716890; Teresa Raposo 0836756884.

Wednesday 17 April: Silvermine East – Gate 2. A lovely morning walk via the waterfall and Klein Tuin to Bertie’s Balcony, returning down Crassula Path. Meet at the parking area at 08h30. Rain will cancel. Contact: Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665 or Margaret Herron 021 6855579.

Saturday 27 April: The ever-popular fynbos ramble will be led by Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665; Cheryl and Bill Leith 021 7971618. Please contact the leaders for details.

Sunday 12 May. Cape Point. Meet at the entrance gate at 09h00. The route to be followed will be discussed on the day depending on the conditions. Duration 6 to 7 hours. Reasonably strenuous. Leaders: Dirk Muller 0827795855; Pat & Tony Rebelo 021 7127816; Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Lucille Krige 021 6719555; Zoe Poulson; Heidi Timm 021 6710726. Bring along your Wild Card.

Wednesday 15 May: Constantiaberg – Silvermine West – Main Entrance. A reasonably strenuous but very beautiful walk to the top of Constantiaberg. Meet at 08h30 at the parking area next to the dam. Required: Wild/Green Card or Entrance fee payable. Rain will cancel. Contact: Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605 or Margaret Herron 021 6855579.

Saturday 25 May: A lovely morning’s ramble on the Peninsula. Contact the walk leaders for full details: Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Hanneke Hawkes 021 7121665; Cheryl and Bill Leith 021 7971618.

Sunday 9 June. Meet at the Silvermine Dam car park at 09h00. Route to be decided on the day. Duration 3 hours. Reasonably strenuous. Leaders: Margie Herron 021 6855579; Liz Barnett 021 5318605; Ann MacGregor 021 7857276; Adre Marshall 021 7621943; Jean Stephenson 021 5317468.

Wednesday 19 June: Table Mountain front contour path. A classic and much loved route from Kloof Corner passing under the cable car all along the face of the mountain and back along a path below Tafelberg Road. Meet at 09h00 at the Kloof Nek car park, corner Kloof Nek Road and Tafelberg Road. Rain will cancel. Contact: Margaret Kahle 021 7623170; Liz Barnett 021 5318605 or Margaret Herron 021 6855579.

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.


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.

Wednesday 20 February starting at 08h00 led by Otto Schmidt
Tuesday 19 March starting at 08h30 led by Simon Fogarty
Tuesday 16 April starting at 09h00 led by Graham Pringle
Tuesday 14 May starting at 08h00 led by Brian Vanderwald
Tuesday 11 June starting at 08h00 led by Kevin Drummond-Hay


DATES TO DIARISE

Cape Town to take part in City Nature Challenge 2019: 26-29 April

Cities around the world will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the 2019 City Nature Challenge http://citynaturechallenge.org/

This is the first year that African cities will be participating and it is fitting that we in Cape Town, the capital of the Littlest Plant Kingdom, should showcase our incredible diversity of fauna and flora, both on land and shore, to the world.

iNaturalist run by SANBI will be co-ordinating and submitting the Cape Town entry. You are encouraged to join in this fun event. Sign up to iNaturalist at www.inaturalist.org and you are ready. Dr Tony Rebelo will hold an information and training session nearer to the time, details of which will be posted on our Facebook page as well as our Website.