Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get into the outdoors more often?

Kloofendal: close to the urban centre, yet part of the great outdoors

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.

Where is Kloofendal?

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)

History of Kloofendal

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)\

Goldmining tours

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.

Upcoming events Jan – March

And these  are but some of the upcoming events for Jan, Feb and early March:

  • Nocturnal Events 
    • 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
  • Day Events 
    • 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. W
      • 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 Spottiswood
    • 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.


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