If one of your goals in 2013 is to take more time off and get fit while also getting into nature, then we have lots right on our doorstep in Joburg. I was sent the Friends of Kloofendal newsletter and was amazed by the range of activities and events on offer.
Run by Joburg City Parks, Kloofendal is a nature reserve some 20 km from Liz at Lancaster in Roodepoort at Cnr Galena Ave & Amphitheatre (also called Veronica) Str. (just over an half hour drive). It was founded on the site of the first payable gold mining operation of 1884 (this was prior to the main reefs being discovered) and the old shafts have been restored and are national monuments, open to view. The wildlife is generally of the smaller variety, the main attraction being the pristine vegetation contained by the reserve. Walking trails criss-cross the area and there is a bird hide at the small dam on the reserve. The reserve also is home to the geological site of Confidence Reef.
To find out more contact Friends of Kloofendal (FroK) www.kloofendalfriends.org.za
On the last Sunday every month from 2 – 4pm Rod Kruger a gold mining historian leads a walk in reserve exploring the Confidence Reef Goldmine in Kloofendal. Here he introduces you to the gold mining characters involved in Johannesburg’s early gold mining history as well as to the functioning of the stamp mill. Fee R50 per adult, R25 per child.
And these are but some of the upcoming events for Jan, Feb and early March:
Sat 12th Jan 4.30-8.30pm Bats
Sat 19th Jan 6-8pm Nocturnal Creatures with Grant Egen
Sat 26th Jan 6-8pm & Sat 9th Feb 6-8pm Frogs 6-8pm with Warren Schmidt Author of “Reptiles & Amphibians of Southern Africa”
Sat 2nd Feb 6-8pm Nocturnal spiders with Astri Leroy Co-author with John Leroy Spiders of Southern Africa
19th Jan 9-12 Grass course Karin Spottiswoode
Sat 26th Jan 9-12 & Sun 24th Feb 9-12 Bushfood & drink walk Guided walk, picking & tasting various edible fruits, collecting leaves for various teas, coffee beans, collecting fruits in preparation for making mampoer to be consumed at a later date. Walk is followed by tasting the “harvest” and some previously prepared produce (jam) from the reserve. Cost: R60 per adult, R30 per child with Clr Tim Truluck from Slow Foods+ Karin Spottiswoode
Sun 27 Jan 8-12 Spiders and Scorpions with Jonathon Leeming
Sat 2nd Feb 9-12 Trees with Karin Spottiswoode
Sun 3rd Feb 9-12 Mushrooms and Fungi with Bernice Porter Mycologist
Sat 9th Feb 9-12 Water Insects with Bernice Aspoas Entomologist
Sat 23rd Feb 9-11 & Sun 3rd March Spider walk with Astri Leroy
Sun 2nd March 9-11 Geology with Tony Jamison
So combine taking time out with getting into the outdoors and learning more about Joburg’s natural environment.