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Assegaaiboskloof – Blushing Bride bioblitz (MCSA Stellenbosch)

2 October 3 October SAST

2 or 3 October, weather dependant.

To finalize on Monday 27 September.

Blushing Bride Bioblitz – Under the guidance of fynbos specialist, Tony Rebelo (SANBI), we will be exploring new life after the Feb ’21 fire (fynbos as well as aliens) in Assegaaiboskloof, the last natural home of the Serruria
Florida (Blushing Bride)

Our goal: to add as many photo observations onto inaturalist to assist in management and preservation of the fynbos: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/saving-the-bride

We will drive in from the gate 5km to the ‘drif’ and hike in 7.5 km via the
top plantation road into the back of Assegaaiboskloof, and out again via the bottom river footpath.

The total distance is 15km, height gained 300m. We cross the river 3 times
on our way in and again on our way out. The terrain is rough and bottom footpath overgrown, so proper hiking gear, boots, long pants and long sleeved shirts are recommended. There is a wonderful swimming opportunity where we cross the Berg River, 5km in, so do pack swimming costumes. Attendees must please download the free inaturalist phone app and start practicing using it to register observations. Free on-line training sessions are currently available via SANBI:

We will meet at the gate at the end of the Robertsvlei Road just outside
Franschhoek at 8am.
We will need high ground clearance vehicles to travel in to the ‘drif’, as
the road is in a bad condition. Please let the leader know if you are willing to make your vehicle available to help with transporting attendees to the start of the hike.

Permit fee of R50 per person is payable via snapscan honesty system at the
Robertsvlei gate.

Numbers are limited to 20 people – MCSA non-members are welcome.

Very popular, so please contact Santi to place your name in the waitinglist.

Contact leader: Santie Gouws, sgouws.28@gmail.com

The club uses a grading system (given in brackets after the hike name) to make it easier for club members to communicate the difficultly of an outing. You can check out our Meets Grading page for details on how to use the grading system, or alternatively you can contact the meet leader directly if you are unsure of the difficulty of a meet.