Friends of Kloofendal (FroK)

Founded August 2003

(Web site updated 11th October 2016)

Friends of Kloofendal is an open conservation NGO (NPO No 092-239) that focuses on the Kloofendal Nature Reserve in the suburb of Kloofendal in the West of Johannesburg. 

Sign on for our newsletter here.  We send out a newsletter about once a month and keep attachments as small as possible. FroK membership application here.

Maps to and of the Reserve are hereThe FroK displays and meeting place for events have moved from a kiosk to the Ecological Centre at here .

For information on our School Programme, press here

If you want to visit the Reserve as a small group to picnic, to walk or hike along one of the trails or to enjoy natural environment, press here for information to help you.

Press here for more information on facilities in the Amphitheatre area.

Open from 6:00 to 18:00 and no charge for groups of 20 and less.

Recent sightings  

August daisies

Forthcoming FroK events (red to link to a page on the event and the guide)

Date & time 2016                            Event                                 Cost                      Guide

Sat  15th Oct  10:00 - 12:00     AGM (see below)                                    -       FroK committee

Sun  16th Oct  08:00 – 12:00    Alien plant course             TBA                     Karin Spottiswoode

Sat  22nd Oct   8:30 – 10:30    Wild Flowers                     R60/R50/R40      Jan van Wyk

Sat  22nd Oct  18:00 – 20:00    Frogs                              R60/R50/R40      Warren Schmidt

Sun  23rd Oct  10:00 – 12:00    Butterflies                        R60/R50/R40      Grant Egen


Sat    5th Nov  08:00 – 10:00      Introduction walk             R30/R20 Hartmann Potgieter 

Sun   6th Nov  10:00 – 12:00       Butterflies                     R60/R50/R40      Grant Egen

Sun    6th Nov  14:00 – 16:00      Gold mine tour               R60/R50/R40 Rod Kruger 

Sat   12th Nov  09:00 – 11:00      Scorpions                       R60/R50/R40       Jonathan Leeming

Sat    12th Nov  08:30-10:30       Invasive alien “hack" for adults       -      Jörgen Hammerström (3)

 Sat    12th Nov  08:30-10:30                                           for youth         -      Karin Spottiswoode

Sun   13th Nov  07:00 –  9:00     Birding                           R60/R50/R40       Grant Egen

Sat  19th Nov  18:00 – 20:00     Frogs                              R60/R50/R40       Warren Schmidt


Sat  3rd Dec   8:30 – 10:30      Wild Flowers                  R60/R50/R40       Jan van Wyk

Sat  10th Dec   8:30 – 10:30    Trees                               R60/R50/R40        Karin Spottiswoode

Sun  11th Dec  07:00 –  9:00     Birding                            R60/R50/R40        Grant Egen
Sun   11th Dec  14:00 – 16:00    Gold mine tour               R60/R50/R40  Rod Kruger 
More details for October and November/December events.


We are privileged to have Jonathan Leeming as our guest speaker at the AGM.

(1) Costs for "normal events" are R60 for adults, R50 for pensioners and R40 for children.
(2) Morning times are generally later in winter than in summer.
(3) Please contact Jörgen Hammerström at 083-546-1199 if you plan to join the Invasive alien “hack”.

Please book using the file below.

Contact Karin at 079-693-5608 for more information.

 For more information on these events, please download the appropriate file (right).

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Press here for more information on our guided walks 

Booking for guided walks and courses is essential as we limit the numbers. Bookings with Karin at 011-674-2980 or 079-693-5608.

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Unless listed otherwise, the weekend walks are aimed at small groups and families and take two hours, courses and school holiday programme are longer. Cash on the day has mostly worked out well, but we have been let down enough times that we ask groups of four or more people to prepay and email a deposit slip to to confirm payment. See here for more information on some of our events and guides. 

FroK bookings and enquiries:

Karin Spottiswoode 079-693-5608 (FroK cell) Private and school guided walks by arrangement.

Tel 011-674-2980 or

(Added on 14th August 2016) These numbers are provided as a free service to the general public by the Friends of Kloofendal (FroK) in support of the Reserve and of FroK.  It is not an "all hours" or 6:00 to 18:00 service.

See the files below for more details and more events planned.   

Booking form for groups of four (4) or more on two-hour weekend walks.

We ask for written bookings for very popular events to avoid the situation where we have turn people away because the event is fully booked and some of those who have booked don't come.

Bookings for less popular events are needed to help assure us of viability as it is generally not worthwhile for the guide if very few people come. 

Please download the appropriate form (daytime or evening), fill it in and email back to us with payment.

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Download information on the FroK School's Environmental Education Programme, aligned with the curriculum.

Fun, hands-on programme with FGASA Qualified guides inside the Reserve, supported by displays of local fauna, flora, geology & mining history in the FroK Education Centre.

While our guides do support the curriculum topic, sharp-eyed children always find the distractions that make our outings fun.


Frequently asked questions on FroK and the Reserve 

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