Karkloof Conservation Centre

The Karkloof Conservation Centre boasts two world-class bird hides situated within the tranquility of an agricultural landscape. We are home to all three of South Africa’s crane species, which includes the Grey-Crowned Cranes, Blue Cranes and our critically endangered Wattled Crane.

The Karkloof Valley is regarded as a biodiversity hotspot and members of the Karkloof Conservancy saw the need for environmental awareness, education and eco-tourism for the public. The Karkloof Conservation Centre is one of the Conservancy’s proudest achievements and is ample proof that respect for the environment is deeply rooted in the Karkloof Valley.

The SAPPI/WWF TreeRoutes Partnership, in conjunction with the Wildlands Conservation Trust, made the Karkloof Conservation Centre a reality by providing funding for this initiative, and was officially opened on the 27th October 2007 by Dr. Ian Player.

The public can now enjoy the true splendour of the Karkloof wetlands from a comfortable seat in our bird hides, where one really feels part of the natural surroundings. Our hides have been strategically built to allow the visitor maximum birding enjoyment.

Our Nick Steele Picnic Site is the perfect venue for a packed lunch under the shade of the russet leafed plane trees. Bring a picnic basket and make use of the braai and picnic facilities available, or plan a late afternoon trip for sundowners in the hides.

We are open daily and an honesty box is in place should the office not be manned.Entrance is R20 p/a, R10 p/c and children under the age of 5 get in for free. Remember that every Friday, Pensioners only pay R10 p/p

Schools and groups are welcome, but please make a booking beforehand.Our Braai facilities also require a booking at least a day in advance.

Please feel free to contact us should you require more information or an updated bird list!

072 376 3023
086 773 7247
072 376 3023