Local Tree expert and Sand Forest specialist Doctor Francois Du Randt will be leading a dendrological outing this weekend. This is late notice but if you are interested there is still time to break away and enjoy a weekend away. If you need accommodation we can offer you a bed and breakfast package at R495 per per person sharing per night. Note that Francois has arranged a bring and braai at his house just a 5 minute drive from Hluhluwe River Lodge for dinners and picnic lunches will need to be arranged by yourselves. This will be a fantastic weekend and remember that Francois is happy for you to join in whichever outing interests you if you want to spend some time just relaxing here at Hluhluwe River Lodge. Planters Camp is available at R1200 per night and sleeps 6 pax.
18 – 20 OCTOBER 2013
Arrangements for the weekend – Daily outings with Francois Du Randt leading walks in a variety of environments in the area. See details below. Accommodation: We have 8 rooms available for this weekend as well as Planters Camp self catering lodge which sleeps 6 people.
Venues: Sand forest & bushveld at False BayPark, as well as planted trees on Sit-en-Drink (since 1987) and possibly the bushveld, grassland and swamp forest at Ozabeni wilderness area, or sand forest at NibelaPeninsula. Unfortunately we could not get access to the sand forest at Phinda Private Reserve, but we will arrange that in next year. I have not yet obtained permits for Ozabeni because of administrative red-tape, but we will use NibelaPeninsula, or northern False BayPark as an alternative. We will discuss this during the weekend.
Anybody just joining for the day, can meet at the various venues, at the times indicated. This will also allow for some free time for optional excursions.
Fridaynight, 18 October 2013:
Arrive and settle in at leisure – own birding or dendrology. Optional braai with us at Sit-en-Drink.
Saturday, 19 October 2013:
Meet at 08h00 at Sand Forest Lodge, or 08h15 at False Bay Park Picnic Site Ablution block/boat launching site, to join in a walk in False BayPark sand forest (tar road loop) and part of the Ingwe trail. Experienced & beginners welcome – we can split the group to cater for beginners to assist in identifying trees. Please bring notebook, pen and the latest Pooley’s tree book of eastern SA by Richard Boon. Habitat: Tembe sandy bushveld and Maputaland sand forest.
(Outing time is depending on interest etc, normally about 3 – 4 hours)
Lunch time at leisure.
Afternoon: Outing to Sit-en-Drink to look at planted indigenous trees & birding (optional outing). Meet at 14h00 at entrance gate of Sit-en-Drink. Bring binoculars.
Bring and Braai at Sit-en-Drink from 17h00 onwards – bring your own food & drinks for a social evening around the fire, also to discuss future outings.
Sunday, 20 October 2013:
Outing to Ozabeni wilderness area: grassland, bushveld & swamp forest (day visit) – also for beginners, also to look for rare endemic plants.
Ozabeni entrance is 55 km away from Sand Forest Lodge/FBP, on R22 tar road to Mbazwane and Sodwana (about 18 km before Mbazwane village). Ozabeni wilderness area is part of iSimangaliso WetlandPark and is not open to the public, but it is a wonderful area to look at trees, birds and grassland plants. Bring your own picnic lunch & drinks. You need a 4×4 vehicle for access – we can join up on transport from Sand Forest Lodge. We will visit the most accessable areas, but even that needs a 4×4 vehicle. (I was there last week and the sand is quite thick. It was also very dry, unfortunately)
Meet at Sand Forest Lodge at 07h00 (latest) to join transport. If we cannot get access to Ozabeni, we will go to either NibelaPeninsula, or the northern part of False BayPark.
Francois du Randt
Home phone: 035-5622238
Cell no: 0799736655 (Francois) or 0721155880 (Ronelle)