Welcome to the Peninsula Ramblers
Ramblers Hiking Club is based in Cape Town, South Africa. The Club is
run by volunteers and would not exist without the support and
participation of its members. Our aim is simple: to get out into the fresh
air and beauty of our magnificent Cape mountains – and beyond – as often as
possible, while at the same time doing whatever we can to help protect the
pristine areas we visit.
How to join the Ramblers:
Once you've completed three hikes as a visitor, send your completed application form to the Club secretary. You'll need to have a proposer and a seconder, one of whom should be a member of the Executive Committee. Click here to download the application form and here to download the hike rules. Take the form with you on a hike and ask the leader and / or your fellow hikers to propose and second you. Please attach a photo to the form (it helps the Committee identify prospective members at their meetings) and include the application fee and applicable annual membership fee - see below - with the form. In the unlikely event of your application being turned down, these will be refunded to you. Applicants are discussed at Committee meetings so approval could take a while as the Committee only meets four or five times a year.
Membership is open to persons aged 15 years and over. Children over 12, accompanied by a responsible adult, are considered as family members and may take part in any half-day hikes, unless otherwise specified, and as long as the leader is in agreement.
Application fee: R30.00
Annual membership (single): R80.00
Annual membership (family): R110.00
If applying for membership between 1 October and 31 March annually, half the annual membership fee is payable. Membership fees are due by 31 March annually.
Standard Bank Rondebosch
Branch: 025009 or you can also use their universal code 051001.
Benefits of becoming a member:
Members receive the hiking programme and newsletter three times a year and, for those who have access to the Internet, any additional news by email between programmes. Members may attend any Club hike or social and our annual year-end function. Most of the hikes and socials are free of charge, but we do also do permit hikes from time to time and some of the socials may have a cost implication.
The times indicated in the hiking program are the times that the hikes start/leave from the meeting place. Please be at the meeting point at least 5 minutes before the starting time to allow for enough time to sign in etc. The leader may choose to wait 5 minutes for late comers, but more than this is not fair to the hikers that did arrive on time.
New Fee Structure
As at 1 October we have had to increase our fees. Our Visitors fees have gone up to R20. A family membership is now R110 and the single membership is now R80. The registration fee for New Memberships has gone up to R30. The decision was taken, when we discovered that out registration fee no longer covered the cost of the club badge. Our new fees are still well below those of other local hiking clubs.
Tips on avoiding expensive Entry Fees
My Green Card: (for SA Residents only) – this will cost you R105 for 12 entries per year into selected Sanparks (Cape Point being one of them). Simply go down to your Cape Nature or Tourism Info Centre with your SA ID book, two ID photos and a utility bill (proof of residence), not older than three months. This would be the same process for the Table Mountain National Park Dog Walking/Activity Permit. Both of these expire after a year.
The Wild Card: this is quite a bit more expensive, but worthwhile if you go to Nature Reserves more than 12 times a year. There are different options Individual, Couple or Family and then you have the options of various park clusters. More information may be viewed on www.wildcard.co.za
Prices below are valid until 31 October 2014.
The Cableway Card: If you are a Wildcard or My Green Card holder you qualify for a 20% discount when you purchase a Cableway Card. Normal card prices for an adult is R535, Child is R285 or an Adult and Child Combo R635. Ticket prices are currently Adult Return R225, Adult One Way R115, Child Return R110, Child One Way R58. (Senior Return is R95 and One Way R50 - on Fridays only.)
Prices correct as at 18 October 2014.
Saturday, 23 May, Cecelia Circular
Meet at Constantia Nek at 9:00 from where we will walk to Cecelia Forest area via the cork trees, ascend to the contour path and traverse part of Cecelia ridge to reach the waterfall.
Saturday, 30 May, Lion's Head
We'll meet at the parking on Signal Hill Road at the start of the trail to go up Lion's Head. We'll ascend to the top, enjoying the spectacular 360° views.
Sunday, 31 May, Smitswinkel
This will be a reccie hike. Meet at Seaforth parking area at 09h00. This is a strenuous hike with the several steep climbs. Very good views across and along the peninsula, in areas of pristine fynbos. Allow approximately 8 hours. There is not much water around so ensure you have enough. This is a hike in an area which requires permits so it is very important to book with the leader by Wednesday 27 May. Strong winds and rain cancels.