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: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za.. Tel: 031 201 5111 (Mon and Thurs after 10:00) Cell: 071 8693 693

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Talk: Chameleons of KZN

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

Popular snake rescuer Nick Evans of KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation will tell us about the mysterious and fascinating life of the Chameleon. The various species found in KZN, behaviour, threats to their survival, and how to attract them to your garden will be addressed. Nick will bring a couple of live specimens to show us too! Nick’s new book, ‘Life of a Snake Rescuer’ will be available for sale.
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: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693


Visit to Cycad Centre Nursery

Umlaas Road, Camperdown
Saturday 6 April - 10:00-12:00

Enjoy a guided tour by Mrs Avis Nel of her nursery, which not only specialises in cycads but in succulents and Clivias too. There will be a mini-market of country produce and wares by local artisan folk, including teas and eats, for our benefit. The Cycad species bought here come with a permit. Bring a box to fill with your purchases!
Booking essential in case of last minute changes, with cell number, any lift offered or required, to: Sandra on email botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za / tel: 031 201 5111 / 071 8 693 693. Directions will be sent on booking.



Talk and book launch: The Sand Forests of Maputaland

Visitors Centre, Durban Botanic Gardens
Monday 8 April 17h30 for 18:00

Retired medical doctor Dr. Francois du Randt will show the beautiful forests, birds and animals found in the sand forests of Maputaland including Ndumu, Kosi Bay, Sodwana Bay, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Phinda and other parts of north-eastern KZN. His new book, The Sand Forests of Maputaland, published by SANBI, will be available for R800.00. The book is not only a 25-year-long study of the unique plant-life, but it is also a comprehensive natural history overview, 400 pages, with >500 colour photos.
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: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693


Guided walk: The Maputaland Sand Forest species of the Durban Botanic Gardens

Durban Botanic Gardens Indigenous Forest Section 
Tuesday 9 April - 11:00-12:00

Dr. Francois du Randt will lead a walk in the Indigenous Forest section where some beautiful KZN sand forest tree species are showcased. Entrance: Members R30, Non-members R50, Students/learners R20. Proceeds to branch projects. All welcome. Bookings: botsoc-kzn@mweb.co.za tel: 031 2015111 / 071 8 693 693