Bird Ringing – 19 August 2017

We would again like to invite everybody to join us for a lovely friendly morning with our Birdlife, Gauteng North Bird ringers for a bird ringing on the 19th August 2017 from 06:00 until 10:30.
Its a day for parents and grandparents to come for a early morning walk with their kids as well as photographers and people that love our special reserve.
Remember to bring something to eat and drink in your back pack, and also the cameras.

Remember that these bird ringing sessions are easily accessible for people with wheel chairs as well as the blind to join us. You can enjoy the beauty of our reserve and the blind persons will get the chance to sit with the ringers and get the feel of what is happening holding the birds.

We start early to put up the nets. Join us before it is too hot!

The event is free, but  you are welcome to make a small donation at our container at the gate for Moreletakloof Nature Reserve. We also have SnapScan available.

Voëlring deur BirdlifeSA se Gauteng Noord op die 19 de Augustus 2017 vanaf 06:00 tot 10:30.

Hierdie is altyd n heerlike uitstappie vir oud en jonk.

Kom geniet die vroëe oggend saam met ons in die kloof – Onthou asseblief iets te ete en drinke asook u kameras! Die ringers doen soveel moeite om elkeen persoonlik te wys wat hulle doen, hoe mooi die voëltjies is en vertel ook waarom die ring van voëls so baie belangrik is.
Hierdie is n wonderlike geleentheid vir persone in rolstoele sowel as blindes om saam ons te kom kuier. Die roete is maklik rolstoelvriendelik, en almal geniet die om te voëls van naby te sien en vas te hou.

Selfs die kleinste kinders geniet dit en u kan met stootwaentjies tot in ons voëlskerm met gemak kom. Hulle het n fees by sulke geleenthede.
Sal u asseblief vir ons as Vriende van Moreletakloof n donasie maak as u die uitstappie geniet het (donasie houer by die ingang van die reservaat waar u registreer).

Bird Ringing 18 September 2015

Ons het weer ʼn Voëlring sessie op die 18 de September vanaf 06:00 tot 12:00 aangebied deur Chris Sibert in die Moreletakloof Natuur Reservaat.

Hierdie voëlring word spesiaal aangebied veral vir persone met gestremdheid (dit word op versoek aangebied, maar almal is welkom). Julle is welkom om enige tyd die oggend in te val by sessie, maar vroeg oggend is die beste.

Parkeer in die reservaat parkeerarea en stap dan af met die teerpad tot by plek waar mens afdraai na die voëlskerm en toilet. Julle sal hul daar sien. Chris Sibert gee baie persoonlike aandag en sal vir elkeen die kans gee om presies te sien hoe dit gedoen word en hy sal ook baie interessante feite oordra oor die natuur.

Bring asseblief eie dink en eet goed en dalk n klein donasie vir Chris Sibert.

Dit is belangrik dat ons weet hoeveel mense dit gaan bywoon so kontak ons gerus op 082 9274673 of info@moreletakloof.co.za.

We will be hosting another birdringing session on the 18th of September from 06:00 – 12:00 in the morning. This session is specifically aimed at people living with disabilities (it is hosted on request) but anyone can join.

You are welcome to join in at any point of the morning, but earlier is always best.

After parking in the main parking lot, walk down the tarred road until you see the sign for the bird hide. You will spot the nets there.

We do need confirmation on how many people to expect, so please contact us on info@moreletakloof.co.za or call us on 082 927 4673 for info.

 

 

Walk and Roll Challenge 5 September 2015

We will be hosting a Walk and Roll Challenge in the Moreletakloof Nature Reserve, Helios Street, Moreletapark on the 5th September 2015 from 09:00.

This challenge is open to all people with different abilities, making use of wheel chairs and also for persons that are blind. The route will include a tarred road as well as slightly off-road path ways, that can be used by people with wheel chairs. The full distance that will include a visit to our bird hide and rest deck with toilet, all fully accessible and then down to the dam of the reserve back to the parking area (4 km). We will have toilet facilities, at the beginning and on route.

There will be no cost, and families and helpers will be welcome to join us. We will have two water points on the route and lots of people that can assist you. Young kids are welcome to join with their parents.  Schools like Pathways regularly visit the reserve and the kids love to be out in then veld with the animals that can be seen all along the route. There will be spot prizes given out.

For more information contact Jeannie at info@moreletakloof.co.za 082 9274673 or visit Moreletakloof Nature Reserve on Facebook

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Upcoming events for Spring

Upcoming Events in the Reserve:

20 September 2014 from 08.30:

We will have a walk/roll with Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones to enjoy the time together in nature. Contact us for more information on info@moreletakloof.co.za.

25 September 2014, 18:00 –19:00 :

Talk by Mr Mike Silberbauer on the state of the Moreletaspruit that flows into the Roodeplaat dam. He has been doing a very intensive study for the Adopt-a-river project. This is a very interesting talk about the water system’s source:  A fountain on the Wingate Golf course grounds until it ends as drinking water for parts of Pretoria.

From 19:00 we would like to invite you to join us at the Voerkraal (part of Rademeyers), to enjoy a nice braai with us (“Sundowners, T-Bones, Chicken Flatties” served from the braai). Please join us and meet all the other people that are involved with our reserve. Please let us know if you would like to attend (info@moreletakloof.co.za). This will be for your account.

11th October 2014,07:00 – 10:30:

We will have a Walk and Talk with Anto Eyssel-Knox and Rudi Bezuidenhoudtt. Both are specialists on wetlands and they will talk about our own wetlands as well as all the new veld flowers that will be blooming after the rain. We will meet at the parking, remember comfortable shoes, a hat, your camera, something to eat and drink and a R 40 donation towards the reserve. People really enjoy this walks, please join us.

18th October 2014 07:00 – 11:00:

People who have joined us for talks by Prof Adam Bumby will know how much he loves to talk about our own very special rocks and rock formations. Since his talks are always popular and well attended, we have invited him to hold another one. Please meet us in the parking area and remember good walking shoes, a hat, your camera, something to eat and drink and a donation towards the reserve.

30th October 2014 from 18:00:

We plan to have our Annual General Meeting for all our Friends of Moreletakloof as well as people who would like to know more about the reserve and what we would like to accomplish as community with this reserve, in cooperation with Nature Conservation. The date is now confirmed and notice will be sent out to everyone.

1 November 2014, vanaf 6.30 until 11:00:

Hein Bantjies and his team of bird ringers will once again join us for a morning of bird ringing, followed by a talk. They always take great care to show everyone how the ringing is done, and people have the opportunity to see the birds up close and help release the birds (something the kids really enjoy). This is another one of our regular events and always very well attended. This is also one of our events easily accessible for people in wheelchairs or people who are visually impaired.

As with all events, remember comfortable shoes and something to eat and drink.

For information on any of these events, please contact us on info@moreletakloof.co.za

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Walk & Roll Challenge – 16 June 2014

On the 16th of June we will have a Walk/Roll Challenge for people that are differently abled from 10am.
We will start from the special parking area near the gate of the reserve and then go down into the reserve
on the tarred road, that goes down into the kloof, and from there to the bird hide. If you are fit you are welcome to do the rest of the route on the Rademeyers-, and Maintenance routes down to the dam. Parts of the route is more off-road but with a friend you can go all the way.

When you reach the dam, and on your way back, you will see a concrete bridge , on your left where you can go to the side of the spruit.
We will have two water points, which you will then pass four times. There will be marshals along the way
to give directions and help when needed.

There will also be some Springbuck, Blesbuck, Impala and Zebra to chat to you on the way. The distance is between two or four kilometres, its your choice.
There is no cost involved and you are welcome to come in a group, or with your friends or family. Blind
persons are welcome to join us, as the pathways are mostly even or manageable.

You are welcome to contact us on info@moreletakloof for more information.

Walk or Roll Challenge

Join us for a ‘Walk or Roll’ challenge on Wednesday 7 May at 10:00.

We would like to invite persons making use of wheel chairs, differently-able as well as blind persons to join us for this challenge. It is your choice what distance you feel comfortable with – either the full distance of 4 km or the shorter distance down to the bird hide and rest deck. At the bird hide you will be welcome to enjoy the view over the spruit, enjoy the quiet, do a spot of bird watching or look out for  Zebra, Blesbuck and Springbuck. We will have marshals along the way as well as water points.

We start from the parking area of the reserve near the gate of the reserve, where there is also special parking available.

For more information please contact us on info@moreletakloof.co.za.

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Join us for a Bird Walk on 23 March @ 06:00

Come and enjoy an interesting Bird Walk with Rihann Geyer, on the 23rd March at 06:00, in the Moreleta Kloof Reserve. You will get to enjoy the big variety of birds while you walk among beautiful old Bush Willows and White Stinkwood, along the Rademeyer Spruit. You will also see our brand new Bird hide that is wheelchair friendly! 

  • The cost will be R 40/person, and please remember your binoculars and/ or camera, hat, WATER and something to eat.
  • The walk will take between 4-5 hours.
  • Please meet in the parking at 5:45, near the gate of the reserve.

For more information contact us at info@moreletakloof.co.za

Bird Hide

If you have visited the Moreletakloof Nature Reserve recently, you would have noticed our lovely new bird hide.

In the article below, BirdLife South Africa shares some interesting facts about bird hides, as well as a comprehensive manual on how to build a universally accessible bird hide. The Moreletakloof Nature Reserve’s hide is one of the plans that they share.

“In order to promote birdwatching, BirdLife South Africa realises that facilities such as hides and boardwalks are needed. Not only do these allow people to get close to birds, thus allowing the viewing of secretive species and providing bird photography opportunities, but they ensure that the impact on the environment, for example through limiting access across sensitive wetland habitats, is minimised.

It is important for bird hides to be carefully designed, properly constructed and well maintained. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and some hides have been poorly planned and built, and despite original good intentions often fall into disrepair. Sadly, many hides are also not accessible to everyone, such as to people who are visually impaired, in wheelchairs, or the elderly who have difficulty walking. In order to assist potential bird hide builders with the building of bird hides a document with the title “A guide to build universally accessible bird hideswas drafted and can be downloaded below. The document of 31 pages contains information about the planning, construction and maintenance of bird hides as well as sketches, technical drawings and more than 40 photographs to illustrate the text.”

For more, click here: http://www.birdlife.org.za/conservation/iba/657

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How friendly is our routes for people living with disabilities?

We receive a lot of queries about how accessible the Moreletakloof Nature Reserve is for  people living with disabilities, so we asked a few of our regular visitors, Chris Patton from SANParks and Mathys Roets, to give us their personal experiences:

Chris Patton:

I am a T6 paraplegic in my 40s and reliant on a wheelchair to move around.  I find Moreletakloof Nature Reserve an excellent place to visit for exercise and to get fresh air in a safe natural location in the Pretoria area.  It also enables me to interact closely with nature, particularly birds and the reserves large animals which include zebra, blesbok, springbok and ostriches, all of which are relatively comfortable with human presence.  There is also an amazing array of flora – trees, grasses and flowers, plus fungi, reptiles and insects, all an indication of a healthy eco-system in the heart of suburbia.

At present there are 3 specific features adapted for use by mobility impaired visitors:

  • A paved level parking area ideal for getting in and out of a vehicle from one’s wheelchair.
  • An accessible toilet with ramped access, grab rails, and a 2 way swing door easily pushed open by hand or one’s feet.
  • The Flufftail hide overlooking a vlei area and containing ramps and moveable benches in front of viewing slots that are designed in such a way to provide comfortable clearance to accommodate wheelchair users wanting to gaze out of the view slot.

Because Moreletakloof Nature Reserve is a kloof it is not a flat landscape and one must descend from the parking area down to the stream that runs through the reserve’s centre to get to the hide.  One has 2 choices to do so… one can free wheel down the tar service road, which oscillates between a gentle gradient to a steep gradient in parts; or one can take the more rugged foot path through the indigenous woodland, where one travels over compacted earth, and a wheelchair user needs to negotiate leaf litter and the odd tree root or rock, in what is very natural experience.  Because one is moving downhill progression is possible, but the patches of steeper gradient, loose earth and occasional obstacle mean that this alternate route is probably only an option for a wheelchair user in its descent, and to come back up the hill the tar road is the route one must take.

For those persons of frailer disposition, it is possible to drive all the way down to the bottom of the hill and park near the accessible toilet; and to then only have to travel a shorter distance through the river bed along a grass-covered path and then to move along a short path parallel to the stream to get into the hide.  This distance can be negotiated by oneself or with assistance depending on the physical strength of an individual. 

If one ignores or has finished with the hide diversion, the main pathway ascends up the Kloof parallel to the stream.  The tarred section is left behind.  The gradient is gentle enough for a few hundred metres and one passes the vlei and through woodland.  Eventually one comes to a steeper rise as the path ascends up to a dam wall that breaches the stream and forms a small pond.  Here a wheelchair user will require a bit of assistance to negotiate both the gradient and the tilt of the pathway.  From the pond there are other walking routes moving further up the Kloof and into the woodland on the steep slopes of the other side of the stream, but these routes are not realistically accessible to persons in wheelchairs.

Mathys Roets:

Op die stadium is die toegangklikheid vir ons paraplee baie goed. Ek dink dit is ideale omgewing om so bietjie jouself uit te daag en buite lewe te geniet. Dit is heel doenbaar sonder te veel moeilike dinge en kan baie help met bietjie oefen terwyl mens omgewing geniet. Uit die aard van die saak praat ek namens myself. Ek raai altyd ouens aan wat so bietjie onfiks is of quadrapliee om iemand saam te bring om saam te stap. Die bult boontoe is nogal moeilik as mens nie gewoond is nie. Selfs vir die stoter is dit uitdagend.

Nogmaals baie dankie vir die birdhide wat rerig baie goed werk vir rolstoele.

Mathys

 

Casual Day 2013

Moreletakloof Nature Reserve, Helios Street, Moreletapark, Pretoria would like to invite the elderly, persons in wheelchairs as well as the blind, to come out to our very special reserve for Casual Day, on the 6th of September, from 09:00 till 13:00, to see what we can offer you. We will have a map available at the gate, so that you can see where the tarred road and the other off-road pathways are.
You will be able to go down into the reserve, on a tarred road, or if you are fit you can make use of our off-road pathways, that was evened out so that you can go there with a friend, and see what beautiful piece of nature is available for you to visit.

Blind people enjoy the pathways because they can come close to nature and feel and hear all the birds and the many animals, like Blesbuck, Zebra, Springbuck and Impala.

Casual  Day is a special day, please make use of this invitation, on the 6th September or you can even come to the reserve on Saturday, the 7th, we are open from 06:00 till 18:00.
Please do not go in on your own, bring a friend with you.

You can also visit our brand new bird Hide, next to the Rademeyer spruit, under the big old Wild Peach and White Stinkwood trees. Clear signage on the roads and pathways.

Contact Jeannie 082 9274673 or info@moreletakloof.co.za

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