Welcome to the Peninsula Ramblers
The Peninsula 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.
20 – 22 Feb – WEEKEND AWAY – Surprise Hermanus Area
Join Eddie and Anita for another Surprise weekend. Stay in Fisherhaven and do two hikes in the area. Limited to 12.
21 Feb – Beach Walk (Small Bay to Dolphin Beach)
Meet at 3pm in the Small Bay car park near Blue Peter, walk around Small Bay, past Ons Huisie, and on towards Blouberg beach, heading towards Dolphin Beach or as far as we get in 1 to 1½ hours.
22 Feb - Blinkwater Ravine
A strenuous hike up a beautiful ravine. There is some minor rock scrambling. Lots of the hike is in the shade. The path goes at times over loose rocks. The way down will be decided at the top.
The annual WESSA Wild Walk takes place on the Wild Coast next month. Apart from the route offering hikers one of the most spectacular and diverse coastal environments on earth, there are also fantastic birding opportunities throughout the route, with raptors, oyster catchers, and vulture colonies to be seen. A special highlight this year is that extreme adventurer, conservationist and WESSA patron Braam Malherbe will be doing the full hike with us. View the flyer.