Holiday Ecodays For Kids – 7 and 20 July 2017

Holiday Fun for Kids – We have two exciting Eco Days for Kids on the 7th and 20th of July:
 
On Friday the 7th of July from 7:00 we have the bird ringers setting up nets in our reserve for a special session for kids. You and your kids are welcome to join us any time from 7:00AM (but come early to see Chris Siebert and the friends setting up their nets and catching the birds!).
 
Parents – bring your cameras to catch the beautiful birds up close with your kids. After the ringing, we will have find a nice spot to sit and learn more about nature (from the birds found in the reserve to the tiny insects). Remember comfortable clothes, your camera and snacks! We should be done around 11:00.
 
20 July we will host a Eco Day for the kids with interactive talks on Water (Where does it come from, what insects are found and how they test the water). After this we will learn about the rocks found in the reserve.
 
More info to follow on the event of the 20th – but book these days in your calendar and come and enjoy the time with your kids in nature!
 
These events are free, but donations to the Friends of the Moreletakloof are always welcome. Please note that a parent, grandparent or guardian need to accompany the kids on these days.
 
Contact us for more info: info@moreletakloof.co.za
 
 

Spider Walk 10 April 2016 with Astri Leroy

We will be hosting a Spider Walk & Talk along with Astri Leroy and her friends to look for spiders found in the reserve.
You are welcome to join us from 08:30 on the morning – we will meet at the Information Hut at the gate.
Kids are welcome and they have a great time looking for spiders! Also remember something to eat and drink, and your camera for some pictures.  
The cost for the walk is R50/family, and any donations to the reserve is welcome.
For more information click on the document below, or contact us on info@moreletakloof.co.za.

Upcoming Walks & Talks March 2016

Walks and talks in Moreletakloof Nature Reserve coming up in the next few weeks:
On the 5th of March from 06:00 till 11:00 we will once again host a BIRD RINGING DAY .
Please remember your hat, camera and something to eat and drink for the whole family. The kids loving seeing the little birds up close, and assisting with the release. A donation to the reserve on the day is welcome (we do have a donation box as well as SnapScan).
Please tell you friends that this walk is friendly towards persons that are blind or in wheelchairs.

On the 13th of March 2016 from 06:00 – 10:30 for a SCORPION AND SNAKE WALK with Christopher Caine and Joubert Heymans.
Join us with your whole family as the the kids enjoy looking for the Scorpions and snakes that they do not see everyday. The brave ones will also be able to handle them.
This will be the last scorpion walk as the seasons are slowly changing. There will also be very nice posters
as well as books and torches to buy on the day.
Please remember to wear walking shoes and long denims. Bring your camera and something to eat and drink.
This is a very nice walk and even the young ones enjoy it.
We will meet at the Information Hut at 6am near the gate. We would like to ask you to make a donation for the reserves upkeep.

Scorpion & Snake Walk – 14 January 2016

We are hosting a Scorpion and Snake Walk and Talk on the 14th January 2016 from 18:00 at the Moreletakloof Nature Reserve.
Christopher en Joubert will first give us a short talk before we go out to look for Snakes and Scorpions. They recently visited the reserve for the first time and they were surprised how easily they found some special (luckily harmless) snakes and a few good looking scorpions.
 Afterwards we will have a short show at the Information Hut near the gate. You are welcome to bring some chairs and something to eat and drink.
Please let us know if you want to attend by contacting us on info@moreletakloof.co.za. There will a small fee of R40/person as a donation towards the reserve and as a payment for the talk.
Whenever we  hosted a talk on scorpions or snakes, it has always been one of the most popular walks. Please do wear long denims and good walking shoes, no open toes please.
Photos by: Christopher Caine
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Events and News for 2016

Moreletakloof Nature Reserve 2016

Ons wil baie graag ouers en kinders uitnooi om saam met ons in die Kloof te kom stap. Trek almal ou/of gemaklike skoene en klere aan, en kom geniet die natuur saam. Wat n lekker groen manier om jul vakansie af te sluit.

5 Januarie vanaf 6.30, neem ons n lekker uitstappie op die Duiker roete verby die skerm, en tot by die dam. Onthou eet en drink goed en kameras/en hoed. Ons stap net rustig vir so 3 uur en gesels. Daars soveel nuwe jong bokkies, wat huppel van plesier.

6 Januarie vanaf 6.30, vandag stap ons in en langs die spruit. Dis die mooiste deel van die reservaat en daar is soveel dinge om te sien en te doen. Ons sal verkies as ouers saam met jong kinders stap, en deel wees van die pret. Ou skoene en klere, en n paar sterk vuilgoedsakke, as moontlik en drink en eetgoed asb, in n rugsak. Dit sal ongeveer 2-3 uur duur. Ontmoet in die parkeer terrein.

8th January, from 06.30 till 10:00. We will do some cutting down of the invader plants like Bug weed. Bring your own clippers or saws and we will supply a safe poison, which can be applied by adults.

We would like to invite you to come and enjoy our first Walks and Talks for 2016 presented here.

Our very first event will be a tree walk with Izak van der Merwe and Owen Brett on the 6th February from 09:00 and we will meet in the parking area. We did this walk in November and we can promise you that it will be excellent because this tree people know so many very interesting stories about every tree … even back in history. We do ask for a R40.00 donation, for the reserve. You are welcome to join them afterwards at Rademeyers. Remember your hat, camera, walking shoes and something to eat and drink.

On the 20th February we will once again have Prof Adam Bumby walking and talking to us about the rocks that we find in this reserve. It is the same age as the rocks at the Cradle of Humankind and this walk will last for at least four hours. Young children also always enjoy this walk. Remember hats, water and something to eat. It is a very popular walk so do not miss out. Once again remember the R40.00 for the upkeep of the reserve. The walk will start at 6.30.

Spider walk with Astri Leroy on the 10th April from 8.30. Young children are welcome to join us because it is presented in a way that will be enjoyed by everybody. Remember your cameras and water and snacks. They do ask a fee of R50/adult and R10/under 11.

We will post more events for the year as we confirm dates!

Please remember that the membership to become a Friend of Moreletakloof have been lowered to R150/family of two adults and two children under 18 (you will also receive free entrance, for two visits for the family to Rietvlei, Groenkloof and Wonderboompoort etc).

You will receive a Newsletter about everything happening in this special reserve and important issues to be handled like our aging palisade. We would also like to thank Nature Conservation for looking after our reserves.

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Bird Walk with Andy Featherstone

Bird Walk with Andy Featherstone:

  • When: 22 November at 06:00
  • What: Bird Walk with Andy Featherstone from Wits Bird Club. Lance Robinson (also very well known in birding circles) will also walk with us too also help new birders.
  • Fee: R40 is optional as a donation.

Do not miss this walk! It is always well attended by other birders that know the reserve and birds very well. Join us for a ‘Walk and Talk’ with some very special people that also share your love for the reserve and its birds. We will meet in the parking area.

Clean-Up in the Reserve:

When: 30th October 2015 from 06:00

What: The best walk of all along the Rademeyer spruit to remove all the street rubbish that land in the reserve. You can start with us at 06:00 (cool and calm) or join us at 08:00 it’s your choice. Kids are welcome as long as they have adult supervision. The water is mostly very shallow. We supply the yellow garbage bags.

For more info please contact us on info@moreletakloof.co.za or 082 927 4673

 

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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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Bird Ringing morning – 1 August 2015

Voëlring oggend – 1 Augustus 2015 vanaf 06:30 – 11:00

Dit is weereens Voëlring dag in ons reservaat! Almal van oud tot jonk is welkom om die oggend weer saam met ons te geniet. Onthou iets te ete en drinke, gemaklike skoene. Blindes en persone met rolstoele is veral welkom want hulle kan met gemak tot by die skerm gaan; en word orals geakkommodeer en kan self voëls hanteer.

Onthou ook kameras want dis die kans om pragtige fotos te neem van baie naby.

Op die oggend is julle dan welkom om n donasie maak vir die reservaat se instandhouding- ons maak voorsiening vir n donasiehouertjie en het ook n SnapScan kode beskikbaar as u dit per foon wou doen by die voëlring area.

Kontak Jeannie du Plessis op 082 927 4673 of info@moreletakloof vir meer inligting.

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Bird ringing in Moreletakloof – 1st August 2015 from 06:30 – 11:00

Come and join us for another bird ringing session in the reserve. Anyone is welcome – from small children to older people, people in wheel chairs and the blind also enjoy this outing very much. Everyone has fun handling the birds and being part of this outings so please tell your friends about this.

Remember something to eat and drink, and wear some comfortable walking shoes. Cameras is a must because the get the best close up photos of our special birds.

We will have a donation box available and also have a SnapScan code if you want to make a payment from your phone at the tables of our 19 bird ringers.

Contact Jeannie du Plessis on 082 927 4673 or mail info@moreletakloof.co.za 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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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