Friends of Kloofendal (FroK)

Founded August 2003,  Web site updated 30th July 2017.

Page down for forthcoming events.

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. 

The newsletter system that we have used for many years has died. Please sign on again for our newsletter here.  We send out a newsletter about once a month.

Maps to and of the Reserve are hereThe FroK displays and meeting place for events are in 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  

Doryn Jolly from West Rand Astronomy Club Entertaining the first group of people at the the Star-gazing evening on 29th July 2017.

In the background astronomers are setting up their telescopes.

Forthcoming FroK events 

Most Events link to a page on the event and the guide.  Please press BOOK to book on-line for each event.

Date & time 2016 Event Cost Guide Booking 

Sat  19th Aug  9:00 - 11:00  Snare Hunt      No cost - bring wire cutters `
Sat 26th Aug 09:00 - 11:00 Nature Adventure Walk R70/R60/R50 Karin Spottiswoode

Sat     2nd Sept 9:00 - 11:00 Walking tour R40/R30/R30          Steve Spottiswoode   Phone 079-693-5608 
Sun    3rd Sept 14:00 - 16:00 Gold mine tour R70/R60/R50          Rod Kruger
Sat    9th Sept 09:00 - 11:00 Invasive alien control   9yrs+  - Karin Spottiswoode
Sat   16th Sept 09:00 - 11:00 FroK AGM
Sun  17th Sept 07:00 – 09:00 Birds  R70/R60/R50 Grant Egen
Sat 30th Sept 09:00 – 16:00  Arachnid Course with Jonathan Leeming

Sun   1st Oct 9:00 - 11:00 Scorpion walk R70/R60/R50          Jonathan Leeming     Book 

More details for August events.  Where indicated with BOOK, please use the on-line booking system via or to find all our events.
Requested donation for Adults / pensioners / children 12 & under
Alternately, phone the day before to inquire whether there is still space to join by paying cash on the day.

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

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

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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.

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 have now adopted an on-line booking system.  You may call the FroK phone (079-693-5608) the day to enquire whether there is still space. 

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 eight (8) 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.


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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