Coming events

Join BOTSOC KZN Coastal branch on our exciting outings and events programme. This year we have a more ecological slant - plants with birds, bats, butterflies… something for everyone- young and old, beginner or expert !

Attendance at any of our functions / outings is at your own risk and neither the Botanical Society nor this Branch can be held responsible for any injury or loss that may occur. You are required to sign an indemnity form for all outings.
Booking is essential, as arrangements may change at the last minute.
Non-members are most welcome and are asked to pay R20/pp. donation. Unless otherwise stated, please book /enquire /arrange lifts through the BotSoc branch office: email: Tel: 031 201 5111 (Mon and Thurs after 10:00) Cell: 071 8693 693

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Outing: Giba Gorge Nature Reserve

Saturday 23 February 09:00 – 13:00

‘Giba Gorge is a natural valley carved out rock by millions of years of water flow. The deep corridor is walled by steep rocky cliffs which give way to natural grassland slopes, through the middle of which runs the Giba River. Giba Gorge is home to a unique complement of rare and threatened ecosystems with an impressive list of animals and plants. The human history of Giba Gorge has stretched back to the time of the Stone Age.’- Giba Gorge website . The Reserve is funded by a co-op of private and municipal landowners.

The Reserve’s Conservation Manager Thuthuka Majola will lead us through the upper section along the Ndabushe Trail through grassland and forest to the beautiful McIntosh Falls. This is a long, fairly strenuous walk along some quite steep inclines, but it is worth the effort!
Non-members are asked to pay a donation to BotSoc of R30 p.p., there is no charge for members/students. Meet at 09:00 at the St. Helier Lake parking. Bring hat, water, binoculars, snacks, and, for afterwards, chairs and teas. Booking essential in case of last minute changes, and if any lifts are offered/needed, to Outings Co-ordinator Phili Dlamini on email: or cell: 078 121 0452.

Talk: The flowers of Sehlabathebe National Park, Lesotho

Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens
Monday 25 February 17h30 for 18:00

A talk by Pmb horticulturist, Alison Young. Sehlabathebe National Park is the highest national park on the African continent and is one of the first proclaimed national parks in Lesotho.
A team of botanical enthusiasts went on a short camping trip in early February 2018. It was an exciting season to visit because the grasslands were full of a vast selection of orchids and other specials which were a feast to the eye. The beautiful basalt rocks of the Devil’s Knuckles that towered overhead, the beautiful sandstone rock gardens in the high grasslands and lots of overfilled watercourses made up the sensory overload.
Entrance: Members R35, Non-members R55, Students/learners R25, includes teas at the start. Proceeds to branch projects. All welcome. No need to book. Enquiries: tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693

Visit to Hillcrest AIDS Centre nursery

Postponed until later in the year

Enjoy a guided tour by Nursery Manager John Lund of the plant nursery. The Centre staff will then kindly provide us with tea. After tea you can browse on your own and buy as much as you like - and support a good cause too. The gift shop will also be open.
Booking essential in case of last minute changes, with cell number, whether you can offer or require a lift and from where, to: Sandra on email / tel: 031 201 5111 / 071 8 693 693