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...the Crocodile River Reserve in a weekend of activities 10 and 11 September 2016.
Mountain bike event, trail running, storytelling, sound journey and Land Art by local and international artists - R e a d   m o r e

Situated in the Crocodile River catchment

The Reserve straddles three major rivers - the Jukskei, Hennops and Crocodile Rivers; the rugged Schurveberg Mountain marks the northern reaches, and the iconic Renosterskop stands sentinel in the North West. A bustling urban frill lies south and east, making this scenic natural environment the nearest escape to the country.
Enjoy the recreation and tourist activities through any one of the many venues, or participate in regular themed walks lead by specialist guides.


Nature on your doorstep - Activities 10-11 September

  • Ride the Rhenoster- Mountain Bike Ride. 20km or 40km
  • Fun Ride for children
  • Run the Rhenoster - Our first non-competitive trail run. 5km or 10km.
  • Land Art and Eco Art installations on display all weekend. Local and international artists are sharing their creative expression all weekend - Sound Journey, Storytelling, photography and inspiring, sensitive land art.


The ENCOUNTER is a weekend of fundraising. The conservation effort and proclamation of the Reserve is paid for entirely by the private landowners. While adding to the conservation targets of the City, Province and SA, the State has specifically stipulated no costs will be supported. Your participation helps us do what is needed.

Artists, collaborating as "GreenMountain" are generously donating their time and creativety to honour the natural environment.


Less than 3% of South African grasslands are formally protected.

Grasslands are second only to the Fynbos Biome for plant diversity, and grasslands support a greater number of species per unit of measure than fynbos - grassland 81 species per 1 000 m²...fynbos 65.

More than 40% of the Grassland Biome has been irreversibly modified, and 60% of what remains is considered threatened.

Nearly half of the country's strategic water source areas are in the Grassland Biome.

52 of South Africa's 122 important bird areas are in the grasslands.

5 of the 34 mammals (44%) endemic to South Africa can be found in the Grassland Biome and 4 of these (27%) are endemic to the biome


Private Conservation

Boosting the protection of environmental assets in Gauteng

Gauteng is heavily urbanised and industrialised, and its ecosystems are losing vital aspects of their composition and functioning.
Ecosystems are compromised in the ability to deliver essential services such as water filtration and collection, soil formation, climate regulation, air purification and reduction of risk associated with natural disasters.
The amenity value of open space and scenic beauty increases as the urban areas expand. Vast areas of urban sprawl not only erode the available open space, but the absence of planning often results in insufficient green or open space for residents to enjoy.

Conservation on private land, and specifically in areas where the environment is largely intact, is vital to the health and well-being of more than the local residents.
The conservation of the environment protects the ecosystem, and allows the vital natural infrastructure to continue delivering the ecosystem services which benefit people far beyond the physical location of the conservation area.

Historic and Cultural Sites

Sites of special cultural value or historic significance are found in the Reserve. The geology includes the same belt of dolomite which occurs in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.


Information sheets about various species in the Reserve

Blacksmith Plover



Blackcollared Barbet




Alien Vegetation


African Finfoot



Pompom weed

Alien Vegetation


Themeda triandra