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…

Walk Report – April 2018

Botsoc Kogelberg Walk Report - By Tim Attwell (17th March 2018) After a series of more challenging walks, the intention was to take this one easy with a botanical ramble in the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens, go slow and easy up the Bobbejaanskop path and hopefully see the last of Nivenia stokoei near the top. There was also the possibility, lower down in more sandy areas, of coming across Nerine sarniensis and other Amaryllidaceae such as Haemanthus, Brunsvigia and Ammocharis, not an unreasonable expectation, it being the month of March, after all.   But ‘things…

Walk Report – March 2018

Botsoc Kogelberg Walk Report - By Tim Attwell (17th February 2018) It seemed a good idea at the time. February serves up the best of summer in the Kogelberg; not much wind, little chance of rain and warm sunny days. The prospect of a swim in the Palmiet River was too good to resist. And so it proved. Except that the swimming spot we chose, the famous ‘Beach’ on the Palmiet River, deep in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, was five kilometres from the parking spot and there was indeed little cooling breeze, negligible cloud cover and…

WALK REPORT

Beach GeoHike with Dr John Rogers - Merrilee Berrisford Icy wind blew along Silversands Beach, chilling to the bone assorted naturalists, amateur geologists and just beach people following John the geologist. Anyone know how to recognise a yardang? It’s a coppice dune eroded (deflated in geology speak), and there they were! Barbara Jenman and I thought we’d never noticed them before. Were they the work of the storm? And a coppice dune is a small dune on its own, with grass growing on the top. Then there was the elaborate wind-etching on the side of…

WALKS PLANNED FOR 2017

Saturday 22 April 2017: Hangklip Ecologial Corridor No, it’s not a mistake. Botsoc Kogelberg walks are usually on the third Saturday of each month, except that the third Saturday of April this year is on Easter Saturday, right in the middle of the Easter weekend. That’s why we’ll be walking the following Saturday, 22 April. Here’s what we’ll be doing and where we’ll be going: Looking for new life, monitoring the Hangklip Ecological Corridor In March we monitored the recovery of the Western Coastal Shale Band vegetation in the Kleinmond Mountain Nature Reserve. In April…

WALK REPORT FOR JANUARY 2017

-Tim Attwell An easy walk, circumnavigating the Palmiet Estuary is one of our area’s most beautiful routes. With a brilliant blue sky overhead, eleven members and guests set off from Fairy Glen, dart across the R44 and duck under the forest canopy hiding the steps down to the popular picnic spot on the rocky riverside. The holiday crowd is already gathering, we say hello but don’t linger. The path along the east bank of the Palmiet River, in the direction of the river mouth, takes us through a tiny patch of Afrotemperate forest, an outlier…

WALKS PLANNED FOR 2017

Botsoc Walk 18 February 2017 Finding Nivenia. Brilliant blue Nivenia stokoei is one of our local treasures and coming into bloom as we speak. Meanwhile, it’s that time of year when members of the Amaryllidaceae family (e.g. Haemanthus, Amaryllis, Nerine) start strutting their stuff. We go looking for them on Bobbejaanskop in the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. We’ll take the high path, but not all the way up the zig-zags, to a spectacular view and return via Disa Kloof. Bring refreshments, a hat and a hiking stick. Meet at the Harold Porter National Botanical…

JULY WALK REPORT

- Tim Attwell Saturday 16 July It often happens. Cold rain and wind in the lead-up to the monthly walk makes the prospect daunting, then, as we set off, the clouds part, the sun comes out and we feel smug that we braved the weather and won. This time was no exception. The route took us from the lagoon parking area at Kleinmond beach to the Frank Robb walkway along the coast, to the Kleinmond harbour. Calling it a ‘walkway’ doesn’t really do justice to this delightful trail. It winds its way just above the…

JUNE WALK REPORT: SATURDAY 18 JUNE 2016

Say ‘Dune Strandveld’, or more precisely ‘Overberg Dune Strandveld’, and you get a mental picture of huge mounds of white sand. Well, huge mounds of white sand are seldom far from it, but in reality Overberg Dune Strandveld is dense thicket, populated by low growing trees, among them the well named, species rich ‘taaibos’ (‘tough bush’) of the genus Searsia, dune olive Olea exasperata, sea guarrie Euclea racemosa, Cape coast cabbage trees Cussonia thyrsiflora and a host of others. But Overberg Dune Strandveld is not only about low growing trees and shrubs. Succulent shrubs of…

MAY WALK

Botsoc Kogelberg Walk Report: 21 May 2016 Tim Attwell Who would have thought it? The Hanneshoek trail looks a bit of a Cinderella when compared to the splendours of the Three Sisters route, Oudebosch to Harold Porter or the heights of Perdeberg. But this unprepossessing little route boasts an astonishing variety of Protea species in full bloom at this time of year. Hanneshoek is a gently undulating two kilometre path (one way) at the base of Jean’s Hill, above the Kleinmond golf course. More than a dozen Botsoc members and guests of all ages, including…