Mervyn Henderson

In Switzerland 2017

My Background:

I am a roads engineer and I worked at the Provincial Roads Department for most of my life with a 5 ½ years interlude working in Brisbane, Australia. I started hiking early in my teens and joined the club in 1987. I have been club chairman on several occasions.


Travel, photography, bird watching, classical music concerts and opera.


I enjoy a variety of hikes, the Otter being my favourite, having hiked it 16 times! I have organised hikes to the furthest reaches of SA, e.g. the Prospector Trail in Mpumalanga and the Kosi Bay Trail in KZN. I have also enjoyed regular visits to the Drakensberg, where I have done a variety of wilderness hikes including climbing Cleft Peak as well as the Giant's Cup Trail. The Cederberg is a favourite hiking destination as well as the Whale Trail at De Hoop. During summer I have enjoyed many river trips to Bainskloof and Du Toitskloof rivers.

In Australia I visited many places to hike, including Carnavon Gorge, Mount Kaputar, the Bunya Mountains, Girraween, Lamington National Park, Oxley Wild Rivers NP, Snowy Mountains, Yuraygir NP, Victorian Alps, Lord Howe Island, etc. I also hiked the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro NP and Bream Heads near Whangarei, New Zealand.

More recently, I hiked in Switzerland in the Bernese Oberland, where I hiked in the shadow of the Eiger and many other famous peaks; the Dolomites in Italy and around Kas and the St Paul’s Trail, both in Turkey. I aim to hike Mont Blanc in 2019.

See Mervyn's write-up in the Aug 2009 newsletter of his adventures in Australia

Contact details
Tel: 0738493393 or 0217950092