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Soulful Harold Porter Botanical Zigzag Trail above Leopards Waterfall

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Harold Porter Botanical Garden

Cnr Clarence Drive & Broadwith Rd · Betty's Bay

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See description in the event on how to get to the meeting point ;-)

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[16 Going so far - Booking Essential] - Suitable Soulful walk for those with a moderate to higher level of fitness if in doubt, please call - Route and Nature Experience on Offer – Harold Porter Botanical Zigzag Trail above Leopards Waterfall towards one of the Indigenous Forest overlooking the Kogelberg Nature Reserve on the boundary line of the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. We will also visit the Disa Kloof waterfall, named for the orchids that grow there for our morning tea break stop. This walk promises to offer some stunning views down towards Bettys Bay and not forgetting the splendour of the Botanical Gardens - http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/harold-porter/overview => If you can walk up Lions Head with ease, then this walk will be suitable for you – Sunday – 11th of February 2018 @ 8.30am - [10.35km] - Finished time of walk @ approx 5pm ==> TRAIL MAP ROUTE – https://www.mapometer.com/walking/route_3908436.html - For this trail, if you have any doubt of your fitness and would like to join please do call and I can advise accordingly? The last time that I did this upper section of the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens with the group, as back in 2010 and I am looking forward to visiting this area again ;-)

My aim is to connect like-minded people in the safety of a group in a sense of community who share similar soulful interests out in nature ;-)

PLEASE NOTE THE START TIME OF 8.30am – If you want to join, please send me your cell number and where you stay, so we SHARE transport costs if possible. Please ensure you prepare for all weather conditions, a good raincoat is a must, regardless of the weather. Don’t forget to bring some or coffee / tea to have at one of stops on route.

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"VERY IMPORTANT" -- Please email first or call me directly (Do not just mark yourself as going on Facebook / Meetup) to check for availability and to book on - [masked] or for more info, contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked] - When making a booking, please can you send me your cell number, email address, name & surname and number of people going. You can also send me a message on "whatsapp"

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS WALK ON OFFER
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@ Exploring the stunning floral fynbos in the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
@ The Visit to the lush and dense Disa Kloof waterfall
@ The dense lush indigenous forests above the Leopards Waterfall on the Plateau
@ The awesome symphony of nature in the reflective silent walking sections of the trail.

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@ -- This is a reminder and very important when joining any of the hikes on offer, don’t forget your water, this should be at least 2 litres and more if it is a hot day. What to wear on the hike. Comfortable hiking clothes (trousers / shorts). In winter long pants are preferable due to the change of temperatures. Jersey or fleecy top. As the weather often heats up during the day, it is good to wear clothes that you can layer on or off. Pack extra, thinner tops as gusty wind can cause the temperature to change quite dramatically. In summer a peak cap for the sun, in a winter beanie or buff and gloves just in case and very important a rain coat no matter the weather conditions, as this also acts as a wind breaker. Remember a warm hiker is a happy hiker ;-) --- being cold or wet on route affects you and the group adversely.

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Awakening Intuition Nature Walk Experience / Events - Promoting a sense of community & connectedness with like-minded soulful people – From – http://www.intuitionwalks.com /&/ http://www.awakening-intuition.com WHAT IS ON OFFER
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What is on offer is a soulful nature experience with like-minded people, with lots of extra time allocated to breaks to appreciate the beauty of our surroundings, a morning tea break on route, our lunch break, our swimming break and quiet time out in nature for reflection on our return route after lunch.

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For this walk we will be doing the Harold Porter Botanical Zigzag Trail, with its spectacular sea and Garden views winds up the mountain to our border with the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. We follow the trail across the Leopards Waterfall towards one of the Indigenous Forest overlooking the Kogelberg Nature Reserve on the boundary line of the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. We will also visit the Disa Kloof waterfall, named for the orchids that grow there for our morning tea break stop. This walk promises to offer some stunning views down towards Bettys Bay and not forgetting the splendour of the Botanical Gardens. After the walk, we will stop for coffee / tea at the restaurant in the gardens.

About - Disa Kloof Trail
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This trail follows the Disa River up as far as a beautiful waterfall. It is named after the red disa orchids which flower on the cliff faces. A boardwalk with a seat has been built near the waterfall.

About - Zigzag Trail
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The Trail zigzags up the mountain and goes as far as the Garden's border. It crosses the river above the main Leopard's Kloof waterfall. The mountainside was burned in early June 2010 but has recovered well and there is an interesting succession of plants emerging as time goes on.

[Time permitting we will stop for tea / coffee afterwards. The estimated time of walk end will be at 5pm]

=== > [*You are invited to join us for a walk that will be for those with a Moderate to advance Level of Fitness, however the pace will not be hurried. => If you can walk up Lions Head, then this walk will be suitable for you. If you are not sure of your fitness or have not been before, please call, however extra time is allocated to the breaks *]

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About the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden

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This lovely garden is situated in the centre of the coastal fynbos where the flora is at its richest. It encompasses mountain slopes with wind-clipped heathlands, deep gorges with relict forests, flats and marshes with restios, sedges and bulbs, as well as dunes adjacent to the beach with specialised salt-adapted plants. The Garden is renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools.

The main fynbos families (proteas, ericas and restios) are present as well as other important families such as irises, daisies and orchids. The Garden boasts red disa (Disa uniflora) in its natural habitat as well as South Africa's national flower, the king protea (Protea cynaroides).

This beautiful, secluded Garden is set between mountain and sea, in the heart of the Cape Fynbos region within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It consists of 10 hectares of cultivated fynbos garden and 190.5 hectares of pristine natural fynbos. The Garden Estate is the natural part of the garden with several kilometres of nature trails providing scenic views of forests, mountains and coastline.

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COST: Entrance fee R25.00 and R50.00 - Per Person for the organised walk, payable on the day
@ Meet @ 8.30am – [10.35km] --- Return time @ 5pm
@ The Weather forecast is set to be sunny. Temperature - max 28c / min 20c
@ Please note that unfortunately no dogs are allowed on any of the walks that are on offer.

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PLEASE NOTE CANCELLATION POLICY.
Due to the large numbers of no shows, especially on the day of the walk or the night before.
For this trail – no shows or those cancelling 24 hours prior to the trail, unless sick and have called or sent me a message, will be charged a no-show fee on the next trail. This is especially where people booked one or two friends and they don’t show or cancel, then the person booking will be liable for the extra amount on the next walk per person. The only conditions that affect this if you cancel, if there is a forecast of rain on the day of the walk.

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Please note that when booking. The joining options on Facebook are - JOIN or MAYBE for all facebook events or if the event shows INTERESTED, clicking this means you are going. If you are not sure that you can commit to the walk on the day, then pls mark yourself as maybe / not going.

My 3 x listings combined are over 5000 people and events are popular and tend to fill up quickly. The reason that I am structuring it this way is that people who do want to join get turned away because the event is full and that is most unfair for them, when booked people do not arrive. It is impossible for me to follow up each person individually and the responsibility of marking yourself appropriately lies with each member. If you do change your mind please update your status or on the day send me a whatapp or a sms only.

Please do read the instructions in full as it contains all the relevant instructions for the hike, for example, meeting time, what to bring, fitness, and starting point. For future in my group those who have not let me know prior to the walk starting, will be removed from the walk listing.

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For more info or directions, contact Iain Macdonald on Tel:[masked] or[masked] or [masked]

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A reminder for those who have not been on the walks before, the walks are intended to be of such a nature that we are able to slow down and through our senses, experience some of the wonders that nature has to offer. The slowing down creates an opportunity for re-connection within. Not to mention seeing some of Cape Town’s magical spots. Normally 2 hours of the time allocated is set aside for breaks. This time out offers a great way to meet and connect with like-minded people who share similar interests

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DURATION OF WALK - Start time at 8.30am - [10.35km] -- Return time @ aprox 5pm

Approximately 7 hours - (please note that these times may vary) with sufficient time to stop along the way. 2 hours of the allocated time is set aside for breaks and to explore the wonders of nature. This walk will be a walk suitable for those with a moderate minimum level of fitness, but the pace will not be hurried.....Bring along something to eat for lunch, tea or coffee for one of the break stops, comfortable walking shoes, a hat and/or beanie (for the wind) sun block, a jersey, a rain coat, a must regardless as it can also act as a wind breaker to keep you warm and sufficient water (NB at least 2.5 Litres of water)

For more info and directions, you can email or call me on Tel:[masked] or [masked]

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This is for those that are concerned about fitness in joining. We cover the same routes as most other groups, but take longer as more time is allocated to breaks (Normally about 2 hours during the day). This extra time provides is a day out in nature, time to connect with the beauty of nature, including plenty of opportunity for taking pictures. Our mission is to provide an enjoyable day out in nature and meet like-minded soulful people. As group safety are paramount, we walk at the pace of the slowest person, (without any pressure). There is always an experienced hiker at the rear to assist anyone who is struggling and ensure no-one is left behind. We have first aid kits as well as at least 2 x two-way radios on all the walks to enable communication between leader and the person covering the rear at all times.

This is the perfect group you if are a beginner, with every second walk suitable for all levels of fitness and this will give you a chance to build up fitness levels. I also do not repeat a hiking route within a 12 month cycle, which offers an expanded range of walks on offer. If hike is more strenuous or exposed, this will be communicated in the walk description, indicated by comparing against popular hikes (for example Lions Head) -------------------------------------------------------

LEVEL OF FITNESS

@ -- The walk on Sunday the 11th of February 2018 some moderate to advance minimum level of fitness is required, but the pace will not be hurried.
@@ -- If you can walk up Lions Head with ease, then this walk will be suitable for you.
@@@ -- I will also be following a quicker pace than the regular Sunday walks, due to the distance and terrain
@@@@ -- If you have any doubts about the type of walk or pace in terms of fitness level, please call and I can advise accordingly..
@@@@@ -- Extra time has been allocated for breaks along the way and to enjoy the spectacular scenery below

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WHAT TO BRING ALONG & SAFETY GUIDELINES

*These requirements are for all walks if you wish to join, as individual safety affects the whole group*

@ -- Most important - proper footwear. This being comfortable walking shoes (hiking boots for ankle support) or a good pair of running shoes. Please no crocs or sandals and do not come on a walk without any shoes or bare feet. You need to have a decent grip on the trail, as your safety affects the whole group. Also bring along a black bag to sit on in winter to keep your pants dry, if the grass or rocks are wet.
@ -- Bring along something to eat for the tea break and lunch, trail snacks / fresh fruit, juice or flask for tea / coffee or cup a soup in winter. Sunblock very important and don’t forget your water, this should be at least 2 litres and more if it is a hot day. En route you should be drinking at least 1 full cup every 60min.
@ -- What to wear on the hike. Comfortable hiking clothes (trousers / shorts). In winter long pants are preferable due to the change of temperatures. Jersey or fleecy top. As the weather often heats up during the day, it is good to wear clothes that you can layer on or off. Pack extra, thinner tops as gusty wind can cause the temperature to change quite dramatically. Remember a warm hiker is a happy hiker ;-). In summer a peak cap for the sun, in a winter beanie or buff and gloves just in case and very important a rain coat no matter the weather conditions, as this also acts as a wind breaker.
@ -- A backpack (or daypack) to carry your supplies. A backpack with a hip belt is ideal; it allows the strong bones of your pelvis to support the pack's weight, easing the load on your shoulders.
@ -- As this is a group walk, stay with the group and for the entire duration of the hike. We depart and arrived back as a group, this is non-negotiable, as anyone leaving early affects the whole group.

***Please note that unfortunately no dogs are allowed on any of the walks that are on offer.

Normally 2 hours of the time allocated is set aside for breaks. This time out offers a great way to meet and connect with like-minded people who share similar interests

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DIRECTIONS Please note the new cancellation policy. Due to the large numbers of no shows, especially on the day of the walk or the night before. Should in future any one cancel less than 24 hours before a walk, then on joining the next walk 50% of the walk fee will be added on to the next walk amount charged. This is especially where people booked one or two friends and they don’t show or cancel, then the person booking will be liable for the extra amount on the next walk per person. The only conditions that affect this if you cancel, if there is a forecast of rain on the day of the walk or if you emailed or send a sms that you are sick and the reason.

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FROM CAPE TOWN - Driving Directions from Cape Town City Centre:

WHEN LEAVING PLEASE CHECK THAT YOU HAVE DIRECTIONS WITH YOU

From Cape Town take the N2 towards Somerset West. Take the R44/Broadway Boulevard exit towards Stellenbosch/Somerset West. Turn right at Broadway Blvd/R44. Turn right at Main Road/R44. Turn left at Faure Marine Drive/R44. Drive through Gordons Bay and Rooi Els Continue to follow the R44. Once in Betty’s Bay continue on and you will see the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens just past Betty’s bay on the Left hand side. We will meet in the parking area.

Here is the google Map link for Directions - https://tinyurl.com/yd52b9ey

Driving time is about 90min from Central Cape Town

==> Please give your sufficient time to be there on time. Meeting time is at 8.30am.
COST: R50.00 - Per Person for the organised walk,

For more info and directions, you can email or call me on Tel:[masked] or[masked].

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Please do let me know if you will be coming along on our little adventure. If possible send me your contact number, as the weather in Cape Town can be quite unpredictable and it is sometimes necessary to inform you of cancellation. It is always a good idea to bring along a warm jersey and waterproof light raincoat if possible.

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Please note that it is important, if you would like to join us, that you please send me an email or sms with a cell number. Should the walk be cancelled or be changed at the last moment, I will be able to reach you. For more info or directions, contact Iain Ma