• Socio-Economic Development

    Balancing conservation and the needs of all our communities

    A tour in the Crocodile River Reserve

What is Biodiversity?

The variety of life on Earth in all its forms is commonly referred to as biodiversity.

The number of species of plants, animals, and microorganisms, the different ecosystems on the planet, such as grasslands, deserts, rainforests and coral reefs are all part of a biologically diverse planet.

Almost all cultures have their roots in our biological diversity in some shape or form as these ecosystems provide humans with oxygen, clean air and water, pollination of plants, pest control and wastewater treatment.

It is for these reasons that declining biodiversity is a massive concern for all on the planet.

The Crocodile River Reserve covers a large area in the Tshwane Metro. It is positioned between Johannesburg, Tshwane and Mogale City. It is surrounded by high density urbanisation, small industry and formal and informal settlements.

The programmes envisioned by the Reserve takes into consideration that being on the urban edge there are a myriad of opportunities in identifying and working with established community leaders and organised groups in large areas where the population is diverse and highly fragmented.

Socio-Economic Programmes Coming Soon

Land Care

Alien Invasive Plant Clearing and Removal

Infrastructure Maintenance

Local Entrepreneurship Development

  • Grass
  • Wood
  • Crafts
  • Environmental Nursery
  • Eco-Tourism
  • Environmental Training

Your suggestions and ideas  for these programmes are welcome. Click here to share them with us.

Browse through our articles below

Ride the Rhenoster 2023 Photo Gallery

What a ride! The CRR’s annual fund raising cycling challenge took place Sunday 29th October 2023. Despite the anticipation of it very possibly ‘raining on our parade’ the Ride the Rhenoster event’s team and volunteers, and a group of determined cyclists, showed up at the Four Wheel Drive Club of SA to face whatever this ride might bring. Hangovers were ignored, and spirits were particularly high thanks to the incredible win by our champion Springboks. To everyone’s delight the sun came out and the rain held off just long enough for the very last riders to come in and even have a tasty boerewors or salad roll, and a beer at the bar or a revitalizing coffee from MK. Some exciting changes to the route this year gave riders new experiences and a change in scenery. We hope to see everyone again next year!
November 3, 2023/by admin

2023 Ride the Rhenoster Event Guide

2023 Ride the Rhenoster happens on Sunday 29th October 2023. This Event Guide shows the Marshall Points and Tracks here, along with your directions to the venue and notes for a great event.
October 28, 2023/by admin

Ride the Rhenoster 2022

The Crocodile River Reserve's 15th Cycling Challenge, RIDE THE RHENOSTER, was truly a day to remember!

With riders doing either a 20km or a 40km route traversing both the Eastern and Western sides of the Reserve this is an event that cannot be described in a one or two lines with only a few photos! Riders, organizers, volunteers and supporters all worked together to make this an outstanding event, and the Crocodile River Reserve would like to thank each and every single one of them.
November 3, 2022/by admin
Fire at night by Shane Rorke

Photography Talk in the Crocodile River Reserve

The 2022 photography event with Shane Rourke proved that an excellent way to experience nature is through the lens of a camera, even if that camera is on your phone.

Regardless of whether you were a complete novice or an experienced photographer you went away having learned something new. Everything from technical questions, the correct lens for a specific subject, and features and apps on your phone for editing was covered in this interesting and informative talk.
June 4, 2021/by admin
Ball Python has a snuggle

A Talk By the Jhb Wildlife Vet at the Reserve

Over 40 people attended the Urban Wildlife talk by the Johannesburg Wildlife Veterinary Hospital and Rehabilitation Facility. This event was held on Sunday the 18th April 2021. Everyone involved deemed it an absolute hit. It was wonderful to see the number of children in the audience who participated with great enthusiasm!
April 20, 2021/by admin
Tree Walk in the Crocodile River Reserve

A Successful Tree Walk in March 2021

The Tree Walk held in the Crocodile River Reserve offered an insightful and easy to understand introduction to the day, starting with the structure of leaves and how to use this to identify a tree. What followed was a walk through the beautiful veld of the Reserve during which we identified a variety of trees - such as the fascinating underground tree Lannae Aedulis, the Diospyros Lycioides (Blue Bush), the common but beautiful Acacia Karroo (Sweet Thorn) and the Protea Caffra Trees but to name a few.
March 24, 2021/by admin
Large Sourplum

Large Sourplum

The ripe fruits of the Ximenia Caffra or Sourplum are eaten by birds such as barbets, bulbuls and starlings and mammals such as giraffe, impala, kudu, grey duiker, steenbok, bushbuck and eland enjoy eating it's leaves. The larvae of a number of butterflies feed on the leaves, some examples being the Bush Scarlet butterfly, Natal and Silvery bar, Bowker's and Saffron sapphire and the Brown playboy.
February 24, 2021/by admin
Lannea Edulis

Lannea Edulis

Lannea edulis has shiny green leaves that are hairy when young and leathery when matured, with creamy white flowers from August to October. It bears bright red ovoid berries from October to December that become purplish black when they become ripe, which have a juicy and pleasantly sour flavour and are eaten by mice, birds and humans.
February 23, 2021/by admin
Buffalo Thorn Tree

Buffalo Thorn Tree

The Buffalo Thorn Tree is widely used for magical and medicinal purposes because of the spines or thorns, which are paired; One is hooked, and the other is straight. According to Nguni legend, the thorns of the Ziziphus tell us something about ourselves - that we must look ahead to the future (straight thorns) but we must never forget where we have come from (hooked thorns).
February 23, 2021/by admin
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