JOIN US AT THE RETREAT AT GROENFONTEIN

- Merrilee Berrisford  I was in  the Klein Karoo last week, and stayed at The Retreat at Groenfontein in the foothills of the Swartberg. Last spring I was there, mostly on hands and knees looking at flowers, I felt it would be a good place for a Kogelberg Branch stay. There are two possible plant people who could guide us. As John Rourke says, it is not a really botanically rich spot but it is Klein Karoo, different. There are special places on the way where we may meet to botanise. Rates are very reasonable with deductions…

AGULHAS NATIONAL PARK – A VERY SPECIAL PLACE

- Dr Allan E F Heydorn - Marine and Coastal Ecologist August 2016   Some observations prepared for the Kogelberg Branch of the BotSoc, following a field trip in August 2016 It is hard to think of a more spectacular location than that of the Agulhas National Park (ANP) situated right at the southern tip of the enormous African Continent. It is furthermore of interest that the ANP represents a transitional area between the sub-tropical East Coast and the West Coast with its more temperate, mediterranean-type climate. Plant and animal life - on land and…

SPRING VISIT TO AGULHAS PLAIN AND HAARWEGSKLOOF

Merrilee Berrisford We now have concrete plans for a Kogelberg branch expedition in August and so far a group of around sixteen interested people. The trip will be in two parts: the first three nights in the Agulhas National Park main camp then an optional two nights either in the Haarwegskoof Renosterveld Reserve with limited accommodation or in a place of your choice in the area – De Hoop, Bredasdorp or Napier. Agulhas National Park Dates Sunday 21 – Wednesday 24 August Booking We have provisionally reserved a number of chalets with different options which…

“TRAVELS IN PERU” FUNDRAISER 28 NOVEMBER 2015

Peter Berrisford Judy New gave 70 guests an amazing tour of Peru. A kaleidoscope of high mountains, swollen rivers, Peruvian towns, steep valleys, strange new species of animals, descendants of the Incas in traditional multi-coloured costumes, parades in Peruvian town squares, tortuous roads, landslides, human sacrifices 500 years old preserved in the rarefied cold high mountain air, jungles, and for the botanists, pictures of unfamiliar plants. It was a breathtaking tour de force, immaculately prepared, professionally presented. While the excuse for the entertainment was fundraising, these functions double as social events. The subject of the…