SAPPI Saunter

On Monday, 27 March the eager walkers were greeted with a clear sky for Day 2 of the Karkloof Catchment to Confluence River Walk. We were thrilled to have Hlengiwe Ndlovu, an environmentalist for Sappi, join us for the day and share her expertise and knowledge with our team for this vitally important project. The […]

Source Seeking and Catchment Clambering

Clamber (verb): to climb or move in an awkward and laborious manner, typically using both hands and feet. This sums Day 1 up quite adequately, especially whilst we were trying to find the source of the Karkloof River! The source proved to be well hidden within a thicket of Ouhout, Leucosidea sericea, mixed with some […]

Ribbet, Croak, Kwaak

KRANES Go Frogging Armed with headlamps, bare feet and gumboots, an excited group of froggers set off into the wetlands at the Karkloof Conservation Centre to search for some amphibian friends. Along the way, children learnt some fascinating facts about frogs from our favourite ‘frogspert’, Charlene Russell. Kezia Crow, who is only 7 years old, […]

Forest, Fireflies and Camping

Written by Janine Smith, Regional Secretary for the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Honorary Officers. Sixteen kids aged between 3.5 years and 11 years old spent two wonderfully exciting days at Bushwillow Caravan Park in the Karkloof, accompanied by parents and grandparent. This is thanks to the founders John and Linnet Crow, and Twané Clarke whose dream […]

Bugging Around

Thirty-five eager kids met on a misty morning at the Karkloof Conservation Centre for a morning of “Bugging Around” with the KRANES. Alex Jenkins, a local entomologist, presented a brief introduction into entomology (study of insects) to the eager kids and described all the unique characteristics of insects to them. The group then moved along the […]

An Eagle’s-Eye View

Learners from our 3 local farm schools, namely Hawkstone, Triandra and Yarrow Primary, participated in our Annual Conservation Art Project during June 2016. The theme for this year’s project was “An Eagle’s-Eye View”. Margaret Neunborn, our volunteer farm school project coordinator, set up some of the most delightful activities to teach the kids about the […]

KRANES At The Beach

On the 17 September 2016, a small group of Kranes joined Di Martin and the Durban North Honorary Officers for the 20th International Coastal Cleanup at Beachwood Mangroves on a cool overcast Saturday morning. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this outing and were surprised (and horrified) by the quantity and variety of litter strewn across the beach. […]

Shafton/Kusane Wetland in Good Health

– Written by David Everard, Divisional Environmental Manager, Sappi – It is not surprising that water and wetland issues are brought into focus during severe droughts, like the one we are experiencing at the moment. It is quite well accepted that wetlands play very important ecological and social roles in a landscape. These roles include […]

Carolyn Goble

By the Midlands Conservancies Forum Carolyn Goble served as the Chairlady of the Karkloof Conservancy for 16 years, and she has played an enormous role in Conservation in the KZN Midlands earning her a great amount of respect in the region. Ian and Ann Player are great admirers. “All of us who live in the valley […]