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The Karkloof conservancy is delighted to be involved in this year's ride
for rhinos cycle ride – especially as our motto is “conservation is our
concern and commitment, birding your pleasure”! We therefore take the
threat to the rhino populations of S.A. very seriously.
The Karkloof region is a biodiversity hotspot and many threatened species
occur here .
Our local wildlife honorary officers are doing a fantastic job in
helping to protect our natural heritage. They are also involved in the
clearing of alien plants and the educating of people about the
implications of poaching.
The Honorary Officers of the Weenen Game Reserve need our financial help
and support in order to install two boreholes which will provide water
for game , and especially their rhinos. The profit made from the
“Ride4Rhinos” ride will be donated to them to enable them to do so.
The ride will follow a different route this year. It will start here in
the Karkloof and will take the riders into the indigenous mistbelt forest
and up a very steep incline onto the top of the Karkloof range. They will
then travel through some magnificent wetlands where pairs of Wattled
cranes nest every year. There are less than 260 Wattled cranes left in
S.A. and are critically endangered. The ride will take the cyclists on to
the Craigieburn Dam and then into some lovely thornveld country as they
make their way to Weenen.
The Karkloof conservation centre is situated 15km outside Howick and is
home to the Karkloof Conservancy. Apart from our office ,we have a
tranquil picnic site and two world-class bird hides where frequent
sightings of all 3 species of cranes can be seen, as well as other wetland
birds. Most of the farmers in the area are Conservancy members and we hold
an annual game count every year in order to monitor various species. We
are also involved in environmental education and members enjoy talks on
various topics. We also hold workshops with our four Karkloof farm
schools, as we feel that it is of utmost importance to introduce our farm
children to conservation at an early age.
Our members will be active supporters of this year's Ride4Rhinos.
Phone:072 376 3023
We look forward to a visit from you and your families!