Hillcrest Camera Club - Outing to Benvie Gardens - Sun 30 Sept 2018

Posted by Hillcrest Camera Club on Friday, November 16, 2018 Under: Outings

Hi everyone, 

If you enjoy azaleas, clivias and tall trees, and picnics on the grass, this outing is for you!

Benvie Gardens is only open for a few weeks a year, and is a photographer's dream. There are many idyllic scenes to shoot, of flowers, trees and ponds. There is abundant bird life as well. Insect life should be good too. The gardens are most photogenic. 

When: Sunday 30 September 2018.
Where: Benvie Gardens
Cost: R50 
Time: Gardens open at 9am, close at 4pm - you can arrive from 9am. 
Meet upt: In the parking area, or at the start of the walk, or see you around the gardens. 
Picnic Lunch - 1230/1pm, under the trees. 

We will have a picnic lunch under the trees, and make a day of it. They are open at 9am, close at 4pm, so you can stay as long as you want, or as short. The trip is 1.5 hours. The gardens are about 100 kms from Hillcrest, and about 10kms away from  Karkloof  Nature Reserve. (See directions below). 

The roads are not in good condition for part of the way, and only suitable to 4x4's or vehicles that can handle tough roads. As such, we encourage you to car pool, and go together with people who own suitable vehicles. If you can offer your car and are willing to give lifts, please indicate so on the RSVP form. If you would like a lift, please indicate so on the RSVP form. We will work who goes with who once we get the RSVP replies.

Click here to RSVP.

Directions from the N3 at Howick. Take either the Midmar Dam or Tweedie turnoff. Both these roads lead to Howick. Travel along Main Street through Howick until you reach the Rietvlei/Karkloof Road. Continue on tar until road becomes gravel. Your next landmark will be the Mbona gate on your right. Carry straight on as you wind up the hill. Look for the 32 km stone. Then turn right onto the New Hanover/York Road which is signposted. Travel downhill for 3 kilometres. Turn left onto District Road 583. Benvie is signposted at this point and the home is 200m away.

The entry fee is R50 for adults and children are free, for pensioners a reduced entry fee of R30 will apply on all Thursdays.


 Please RSVP, so that we can organise car pooling and lifts. 

Should you wish to contact the owners for more information, or for updates on the flowers, please contact John or Jenny Robinson, 033 502 9090 / 082 4433 805tomrob@mweb.co.za. The gardens are officially open from the 22nd September to 7th October, however they are receiving visitors from now. 

See you at the outing - Benvie Gardens - Sunday 30th Sept 2018

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