• Crocodile River Reserve

    Environmental Education & Awareness Programmes

Environmental Education & Awareness

Our programmes offer schools, universities and environmental interest groups the opportunity to learn about and experience our biodiversity

School Programme

Our School Programme enables children to do a practical, curriculum-based programme in the field, that is aligned with term 1 CAPS and the Platinum Textbooks.

The children get a chance to go out on a field excursion in a nature reserve and experience the things they learnt in class.

With this programme, children will not only develop skills like problem solving, creativity and group work, they will become aware of the natural environment and learn fundamental life lessons about nature like the importance of conservation and what they can do at home to help to save the environment.

Cost Per Child: R60

This fee includes:

  • 1 Facilitator
  • Entrace Fee
  • Snack Pack
  • 2 – 4 Educational Activities
  • Stationary for the Activities


  • Transportation
  • Facilitators or Teachers for groups of more than 40 children

Please click the Booking button for more information on the exact topics and programme for the day. We can work together to create a tailor-made programme to fit your schools needs.

Universities & Researchers

The Crocodile River Reserve boasts a variety of eco-systems and habitats within which there are many special species, some of them threatened and vulnerable.

The Egoli Granite Grassland in particular, endemic to Gauteng, and noted as highly threatened due to massive urbanisation and development in the Province, is well and thriving in the Reserve.

The Geological formations are unique and noted internationally.  Our rocks are amongst the oldest in the world, stromatolites that hosted the first forms of life on earth.

Enticing?  We welcome university students and researchers to come and identify areas for post-graduate study, and research.

Please contact us to arrange for site visits and discuss your research activities.

Special Interest Groups

Many Special Interest Groups come to the Reserve to enjoy a day outing and visit sites that are special for their particular interest.  The Tree Society regularly visits, and are generous in imparting their knowledge to the public that join them on the outings.  We have access to many specialised experts too – so if you have a particular interest or belong to a special interest group, give us a call.

This is not confined to particular special interests; we also welcome Eco Groups – mostly young children and teenagers – who come here to complete the practical elements and field study for their various badges and achievements.

Please contact us with your needs and we will arrange site visits for pre-preparation of special interest visits.

Want to know more about the Reserve?

Browse our articles on the flora and fauna found in the Reserve below

Themeda Triandra Grass

One of the species regarded as the most valuable grass in sourveld is Themeda triandra. Also known as Red Grass, it grows abundantly when the veld is in good condition.
December 18, 2019/by admin

Pachycarpus Schinzianus

Pachycarpus schinzianus is also known as Creamcup or Bitterwortel, and is a rough-textured, erect perennial which grows between 0.3 and 0.6 m tall. Every spring it resprouts from an underground rootstock.
January 8, 2020/by admin

Our first post-lockdown scorpion walk

After months in lock-down, it was a joy to get back outdoors and into nature, as our creepy crawly expert, Jonathan Leeming, shared fascinating facts about why all arachnids should be treated with respect rather than fear.
October 12, 2020/by admin

Identification of Grasses

Some grasses have stems which grow along the surface of the ground, and result in new shoots. These horizontal stems are called STOLONS. If the horizontal stems are below the ground, they are called RHIZOMES.
November 27, 2019/by admin

Handling Tortoises

Tortoises store water in a cloacal bursa or sack in the rear of the body for use when required. They will also excrete this water supply as a defence against predators [or humans!] and to dampen dry soil when digging holes in which to lay eggs. If you pick up a tortoise trying to survive in very dry conditions it may excrete its valuable water supply, resulting in the eventual death of the animal.
February 9, 2020/by admin

Giant Bullfrog

The Giant African Bullfrog is among the largest frogs, with males weighing up to 1.4 kg. It is an insatiable carnivore, eating insects, small rodents, reptiles, small birds, and other amphibians.
February 1, 2020/by admin

Crinum Bulbispernum

The Crinum lily is a large bulbous plant up to 1m high, which produces attractive grey green gracefully arching leaves during the summer months, and is often seen in the Crocodile River Reserve.
January 8, 2020/by admin
Chacma Baboon from Wikimedia by Charles J Sharp

Chacma Baboon

Baboons are omnivorous with the bulk of their diet including fruit, seeds, insects, bulbs and any small poor helpless bird or mammal that they can catch.
January 8, 2020/by admin

Cape Skink

The Cape skink is live-bearing and the female may take up to a week to birth her litter of offspring - often between 8 and 18 per brood. Each baby is born in a thin, membranous bag or 'shell' that it breaks out of within seconds. Newborns measure measure 5 to 7 cm.
April 7, 2020/by admin

Brown House Snake

The Brown House Snake, is one of the most common and most useful snakes in South Africa. It is attracted to human dwellings where it feeds on rats, mice and lizards. They are not venomous and are completely harmless to humans. House snakes are powerful constrictors which rely on their muscle power to constrict prey.
March 15, 2020/by admin
A field of bristle-leaved red top grass, also called Melinis Nerviglumis

Bristle-leaved Red Top Grass

It is easy to confuse this grass with the Natal Red Top if not for one thing: the Natal Red Top grows in disturbed soil (a pioneer), while the Bristle-leaved red top is an indicator of undisturbed veld.
November 6, 2019/by admin


The blesbok or blesbuck has a distinctive white face and forehead which inspired the name, because bles is the Afrikaans word for a blaze such as one might see on the forehead of a horse.
March 15, 2020/by admin
Black-Crowned Tchagra by Albert Froneman

Black-Crowned Tchagra

This bird of the Crocodile River Reserve tends to favour the northern mountain bushveld. The black forehead and crown differentiate this Tchagra from other Tchagras. It is also a larger, bolder bird and is more conspicuous in its behaviour.
January 7, 2020/by admin
Black-Collared Barbet by Bernard DUPONT

Black-Collared Barbet

The Black-Collared Barbet or Lybius Torquatus is also known as the Rooikophoutkapper and is one of the most common barbets in Africa, occurring from the DRC to Kenya and southern Africa.
January 7, 2020/by admin

Black-Backed Jackal

The Black-Backed Jackal is a wonderfully resourceful scavenger and cleans up all the offal and remains of dead animals when not dining on scrub hares, mongoose, mice, rats, lizards and snakes.
March 15, 2020/by admin
Bateleur by Albert Froneman


The name Bateleur is derived from the old French word for tumbler or acrobat owing to the birds “tight-rope walking” appearance as its tips from side to side in flight. This near-threatened is the most easily identified eagle of the region, both in flight and perched. The black, white and chestnut plumage, combined with the diagnostic wing shape and very short tail, render this bird unmistakable.
January 7, 2020/by admin
Barn Owl by E Stockenstroom

Barn Owl

The Barn Owl has earned itself the nickname ‘ghost owl’ because of its pale plumage and chilling call. This creature is one of the most widely distributed bird species in the world, and the superstition surrounding it has been unwittingly passed down from generation to generation. These superstitions have led to the senseless and cruel killing of these birds over the decades, however, farmers and enlightened city-folk hold these splendid birds in high regard, because they protect crops by feeding on rats, mice and birds.
January 7, 2020/by admin
African Finfoot by Eric Stockenstroom

African Finfoot

The African Finfoot or Watertrapper, (Podica senegalensis) is a very rare and vulnerable bird species.  The Afrikaans name for the African Finfoot is "Watertrapper".
The African Finfoot is about the size and shape of a large cormorant. 
January 7, 2020/by admin