Hike to appreciate fynbos beauty

2018-07-24 06:00
Members of the Red Hill Eco Club enjoying the view.

Members of the Red Hill Eco Club enjoying the view.

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Monthly hikes and exploring and walking in the Cape Point Reserve are what the Friends of Cape of Good Hope (FOGH) enjoy most.

FOGH is one of 600 Friends groups throughout South Africa endeavouring to protect the environmental aspects of their particular area.

“FOGH was established 32 years ago together with the Friends of Helderberg and were the first Friends group established in SA.

“We work to promote conservation in the Cape Point Reserve and share information about the unique Cape fynbos biome,” says Kelly Izzard, chairperson of FOGH.

For several years, before SANParks took over management, FOGH members helped to hack the alien vegetation and produce information leaflets for visitors to the reserve covering a variety of subjects – birds, flowers, shipwrecks, history and suggested hiking routes.

Today FOGH’s main activities are the monthly hikes for members and anyone who is interested in exploring and walking in this scenic part of the Cape – a world heritage site of international interest.

“Occasionally FOGH is requested to host visiting tour groups from overseas who want to experience the joy of walking among the unique fynbos in this rich floral kingdom­.

“Flower lists and illustrated leaflets are handed out to the visitors who appreciate being introduced to flowers and plants by the members who are equally happy to share their knowledge,” she says.

FOGH asks for a contribution on these walks which helps fund their outreach project, the Redhill Eco Club. For the last few years, assisted by SANParks on entry and transport, FOGH has been taking small groups of young children on outings to the reserve, Silvermine, Boulders, the Shark Centre, Two Oceans Aquarium, Iziko Museum – “anywhere that can encourage a love of, and interest in, nature in the young”.

“Hikes take place on the third Sunday of each month – very often the walk notice is published in People’s Post. Meet through the paygate entrance – at 08:00 from October to March, and at 09:00 from April to September. There is no charge for the hike.

“Annual membership is R50 (covers single, couple or family) and members receive a newsletter emailed each month reporting on the last hike and promoting the next one,” Izzard says.. V Follow Friends of Cape of Good Hope on Facebook or call Kelly Izzard on 021 712 6004 or 083 746 5705

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