Future Events

TALKS PLANNED FOR 2018: 21 APRIL 2018 Sheraine van Wyk of the Whale Coast Conservation will be presenting, ‘Planting a Seed – Life as an Environmental Educator’ 21 April 2018, 18h00 at Nivenia Hall, Harold Porter Botanical Garden, Betty’s Bay. WALKS PLANNED FOR 2018 It’s been nearly two years since we last visited Hanneshoek, the area above the Kleinmond Golf Course. This year Protea compacta, our own Bot River Protea, is on spectacular display in the area. This easy walk also boasts many other Protea species; P. repens, Suikerbossie (of course), P. neriifolia, P. Longifolia,…

Botsoc Kogelberg Next Walk

21st April 2018 It’s been nearly two years since we last visited Hanneshoek, the area above the Kleinmond Golf Course. This year Protea compacta, our own Bot River Protea, is on spectacular display in the area. This easy walk also boasts many other Protea species; P. repens, Suikerbossie (of course), P. neriifolia, P. Longifolia, P. lepidocarpodendron and more. We’ll make it easier too, starting the walk at the Kleinmond Golf Course (after travelling together from the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens). And the path is relatively flat! Meet at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens at…

Your branch needs you

Jou Plek in die Kogelberg Ons het onlangs met Christine Dreyer se hulp, die vertaling van “Your Place in the Kogelberg” na Afrikaans voltooi. SucceedGroup het dit in die regte formaat beskikbaar gestel en ons is so te sê klaar met die elektroniese weergawe. Ons wil graag ook hierdie boek laat druk vir ons Afrikaanse lede en gemeentskap. Om hierdie rede, soek ons ‘n borg vir die druk van Jou Plek in die Kogelberg. As u kan help of iemand ken wat dalk kan, kontak asseblief die Redakteur by kogelbergbotsoc@gmail.com By voorbaat dankie!  This month…

Pringle Bay Hack Report No 133

The change of season created havoc today! The convenor made the mistake, in the previous report, that today’s hack would start at 08h00. After personally communicating with all hackers, it was confirmed we are now on Autumn/Winter time and all hacks going forward will start at 08h30. Until we see Summertime again! On 25 March 2018 the Pringle Bay Hack Group convened at Drostergat. Today we had a follow-up hack at Pringle Bay’s Main Beach Parking lot. We removed small seedlings, medium sized – and big monster Rooikrantz Trees. There was a lot of dragging…

Betty’s Bay Hack Report No 660

What a peculiar hack! We started off with 6 people with an average age of about 80, and ended up with 21, with an average age of about 40! Lots of Rooikrans and Spider gums bit the dust. Thank you all. The tea was made by Merran Silberbauer, and the sandwiches by Jane Fearnhead. We were then spoilt with Melktert from Sandra Horn and scones from Catherine Jaussaud. Thank you all! The troops were: Merrilee Berrisford with sons Stephen and Jeremy and grandchildren Sam, Xavier, Kate and Zara, Tom Dreyer, Ulli Niemann, Jim Russell, Richard…

‘Your Place in the Kogelberg’, the E-Book Version

Until the early 1950’s only people with determination and a passion for remote and unspoilt places made their way to the southern coastal part of the Kogelberg. Access was complicated and farming was unprofitable. In the 18th and 19th centuries the area developed a reputation as the haunt of fugitives from the law which lingered into the early 20th century. Who would want to go there? Those who did knew that they had discovered treasure, long hidden by remoteness and inaccessibility. Little affected by the urban sprawl creeping across the Cape flats, the Kogelberg coast…

The Wednesday Hack

Work continued on the slopes of the Klein Hangklip Mountains between Pringle Bay and Rooi Els. During the month 54 Man-hack days were thrown at the enemy. We also did a follow up hack on the slopes of Olifant Klip and finished the day at Die Stroompie for hacking and a braai.People attending the hacks were: Tom Dreyer, Ed Silberbauer, Frik Potgieter, Jan Joubert, Ulli Niemann, Selwyn Botha, Louw Toerien, Chris Geldenhuys, Mike Begley, Jane Fearnhead, Mike Robinson, Willem Stiglingh, Sue Fielden,  Chris Cadman, Nils Rottcher, Jack Wixley, Nikolai Renson and Greg Mossner. Frik Potgieter…

Talk Report – April2018

Namibia - Prime birding in magnificent and varied habitats – By Otto Schmidt (17 May 2018) From Vioolsdrif one crosses the Orange River. Canoeists paddle serenely past on a gently flowing river as one enters Namibia.  It’s a good place to visit as it’s not too far and the Namibian dollar is the same as our Rand.  It’s a land of such varied landscape, 67% the size of South Africa but with 87% of the bird species. Otto and his wife Sandy have visited Namibia several times – a favourite destination.  The Reserves have become…