The  Friends of Silvermine Nature Area have a varied and vibrant Activities programme centered around walks  in wilderness areas in the Far south Peninsula.   These walks are lead by locals with a wonderful depth of knowledge of the area. Although a basic level of fitness is required the focus is on exploring and enjoying both the outdoors and good company.  National Environmental Action days such as Arbour Day,  Coastal Clean-up Day, Marine Week and Big Bird Day are also celebrated with an outing in Nature. 

NB.   FOR ALL WALKS PLEASE PHONE THE CONVENOR TO BOOK.  The convenors contact details and descriptions of meeting places are at the end of this schedule of activities.


1st September – Arbour Day and 1st – 7th September is National Arbour Week

Saturday 1st September                                              Time:  14.00 – 17.00

Convenor:   Jay Cowan                                              Meet at:  Silvermine, Gate 1

Walk:  Hacking afternoon, come and help for a while 


Thursday 6th September                                             Time: 8:00 – 12:30

Convenor:   Lyn Fouche                                             Meet at:  Hout Bay Museum  Andrews Road 

Walk:  Baviaanskloof Waterfall & Manganese Mine     


Saturday 8th September                                            Time: 1.30pm – 5.00pm

Convenor: Heron Burger                                             Meet at: Silvermine, Gate 2                                      

Walk:   St James Peak


12th – 17thSeptember – National Clean-up Week ,  17th September is International Coastal Clean-up Day


Thursday 13th September                                           Time: 8:00 – 12:30

Convenor: Ellen Christopher                                       Meet at: Long Beach, Kommetjie

Walk: Beach Walk – Kommetjie to Noordhoek       



Thursday 20th September                                           Time: 8.00 – 12.30

Convenor:  Meryl Hutchison                                        Meet at:  Suikerbossie, Hout Bay

Walk: Myburgh Ravine                          


Thursday 27th September                                           Time:   8.00 – 12.30

Convenor: Jayne McDermid                                       Meet at:  Silvermine, Gate 1                    

Walk:  Spitskop                                                                                              


1st October – World Smile Day


Thursday 4th October                                                 Time:   8.00 – 12.30

Convenor: Joy Frost & Dinah Mills                             Meet at: Pinehaven, Red Hill

Walk:  Red Hill Surprise



Please phone to book.  Children to be accompanied by an adult

Friday: 5th October                                                    Time:  9.00 – 12.00

Convenor: Sue Frew   021 7153953                           Meet: Spaanschemat River Rd

Walk: Tokai Forest                                                      Compost Farm Parking Area

Please bring something to eat and drink.


Saturday 6th October                                                  Time:   14.00 – 17.00

Convenor:   Jay Cowan                                              Meet at:  Silvermine Gate 1Walk:  

Hacking afternoon, come and help for a while                                                                                                                  


10th – 14th October – National Marine Week


Thursday 11th October                                               Time:  8.00 – 12.30

Convenor:  Lynda Downing                                        Meet at: Silvermine, Gate 2

Walk: River walk & Inner Circuit


Thursday 18th October                                               Time:   8.00 – 12.30

Convenor: Tammy Weinberg                                     Meet at: Muizenberg Pavillion

Walk: To Kalk Bay Harbour for tea.  Bring or buy your tea


Thursday 25th October                                               Time:   8.00 – 12.30

Convenor: Sue Windo                                                  Meet at:  Silvermine Gate 2

Walk:     St James Peak


Thursday 1st November                                              Time: 8:00 – 12:30

Convenor:   Tammy Weinberg                                   Meet at: Simonstown Station

Walk: Walk through Simonstown    BRING OR BUY YOUR TEA


Saturday 3rd November                                               Time:  14.00 – 17.00  

Convenor:   Jay Cowan                                              Meet at:  Silvermine Gate 1

Walk:   Hacking, please join us for a while                


Thursday 8th November                                              Time:  8:00 – 12:30

Convenor: Meryl Hutchison                                         Meet at: East Fort, Hout Bay

Walk: Chapman’s Peak                                                                            



Saturday 10th November                                          Time:  9.00

Convenor: Celia Wolfe                                              Meet at: Rondevlei Nature Reserve

Walk: Birding Morning                                      Contact: Heron Burger 021 7825079



Thursday 15th November                                            Time: 8:00 – 12.30

Convenor:       Sue Windo                                          Meet at:   Godfrey Road

Walk:   Amphitheatre and Spes Bona Valley                                                      


Thursday 22nd November                                           Time: 8:00 – 12:30

Convenor:       Janet Botha                                         Meet at:  Silvermine Reservoir  Parking  

Walk:  Panorama route overlooking Hout Bay                                                                                                                                                          


26th November – Birding Big Day


Thursday 29th November                                            Time:   8.00 – 12.30

Convenor:  Lynda Downing                                        Meet at: Silvermine, Gate 2

Walk:  Steenberg and Muizenberg Peak


Saturday 1st December                                               Time:  14.00 – 17.00

Convenor:    Jay Cowan                                             Meet at: Silvermine Gate 1

Walk:   Hacking, please join us for a while


Thursday 6th December                                             Time:   8.00 – 12.30

Convenor:  Janet Botha                                              Meet at: Silvermine Reservoir  Parking

Walk: Hout Bay Lookout and Tokai Ridge                               




FOSNA Walks Convenors

Dinah Mills                   021 7865572

Ellen Christopher        021 7830378

Heron Burger              021 7825079

Janet Botha                 021 7129582

Jay Cowen                  021 7152074                                                  

Jayne McDermid         021 7853928

Joy Frost                     021 7126898

Lyn Fouche                 084 5803474

Lynda Downing           021 7127929

Meryl Hutchison          021 7902892

Sue Windo                  021 7853377

Tammy Weinberg       021 7884781


Directions to meeting places for FOSNA walks


GATE 1 – OU KAAPSE WEG:  On right hand side at the top of Ou Kaapse Weg when travelling towards Fish Hoek. Entrance is free for Wild Card holders. If you do not have a Wild Card the fee is R15 per adult.


GATE 2 – OU KAAPSE WEG:    On left hand side just over the top of Ou Kaapse Weg when travelling towards Fish Hoek. There is a R5 parking fee which is paid to the authorized car guard when leaving.


SILVERMINE RESERVOIR PARKING AREA:    Same entrance as for Gate 1 above.   Once inside, follow tarred road to its end – reservoir parking on the right. If there is a car guard in attendance, you may wish to tip him when leaving.


PINEHAVEN:   At top of Red Hill, Simonstown, turn right at sign to Pinehaven. Continue to parking area.


LONG BEACH, KOMMETJIE:   From Kommetjie Road, turn right into Kirsten Road then park at Long Beach parking

 HOUT BAY MUSEUM:  Andrews Road, Hout Bay

 SUIKERBOSSIE, HOUT BAY: On Hout Bay to Llandudno Road (Victoria Avenue M6) take right turn to Suikerbossie, parking on left just before entrance to Ruyterplaats Estate.


GODFREY ROAD:   At end of Boyes Drive, Kalk Bay side


EAST FORT, HOUT BAY:   Coming from Hout Bay along Chapmans Peak Drive, first parking area on the right.

 RONDEVLEI NATURE RESERVE:  Fishermans Walk, Grassy Park


Important: All walks undertaken at own risk.

What to wear: Hiking or walking footwear with firm rubber soles and good support; sun protection (sun block lotion, hat, sunglasses); warm windproof/waterproof clothing – remember weather can change en route.

What to bring: Something to eat and plenty of fluids.