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Vaal Bird Club April Activities


Dear fellow birders,


The following activities have been planned for April 2018. Hope you will join in some of them:


  1. Club evening Monday 9 April 2018


On Monday 9 April 2018 Steve Blake will give a talk on "Wild life travel experience through Western Canada (Rocky Mountains) and Alaska".


Venue: Old Mutual Building, Vanderbijlpark


Time: 19h00


  1. Club outing Saturday 14 April 2018


Alf Peters will lead an outing to Marievale Bird Sactuary on Saturday 14 April 2018. We meet in the car park at the Entrance Gate at 07h30.


We will finalize the outing at the club meeting.


3.Wakkerstroom outing at the end of April 2018, two or nights


I have booked the Wakkerstroom centre for Friday 27 April 2018 (a public holiday) to Wednesday 2 May 2018 (as Tuesday 1 May is a public holiday). 


You can go for two nights (Friday and Saturday, coming back on Sunday) or longer (stay until Tuesday 1 May or Wednesday 2 May).


So far there are only eight of us going and there are still eight dormitories (two beds each) available. Please let me know if you are interested. Alison & John Lydon, Hennie, Rina and myself are going up the Wednesday, Amy plan to go until Tuesday (1 May) and Elaine and Paul want to come for the first two nights.


I will ask Kristi to book a bird guide for the morning of Saturday (28 April 2018) and for the Sunday morning (29 April 2018).


The rates for Wakkerstroom:


R255 per person per night for the Guest suites

R180 per person per night for the Dorm Rooms for a group of 12 or less people

R108 per person per night for groups of 13 or more people

R95 per person per night for campsites

R540 for a half day tour with bird guide

R895 for a full day tour with bird guide


Friendly regards,

Rina de Klerk 


016 982 2730


082 626 6990


In December we can try to organize another outing, perhaps to Deelfontein in the Vredefort.  Please let me know should you be interested.

Vaal Bird Club activities for the rest of 2017


Dear fellow birders,


We had an interesting meeting last night, learning about birding in Kenia and viewing some of the beautiful birds  that one can find there. I would like to thank Johan L?tter from Vredfort for his talk.


  1. Club meetings


Our club meetings start at 19h00 and are held at the Old Mutual Building in Vanderbijlpark.



13 November 2017

Alf Peters

“Bird photograhy .......  roller coaster emotions”

Alf Peters

11 December


Hennie de Klerk


Alf Peters


  1. Club outing


On Saturday 18 November 2017 we have our November outing, also our End of the Year function. It will be held at Boschenvaal.  If you have never been to Boschenvaal, it is a wonderful birding venue on the Vaal River, near Sasolburg.


We will meet at the outside gate of Boschenvaal (the one on the tarred road) at 07h00 where Marina Fick will let us into the property. 


We will go for a birding walk and then have a picnic/braai at the harbour. Please bring your own refreshments, chairs and perhaps a picnic table. Marina and Johan will supply the charcoal.


At our November meeting Alison Lydon will send a list around to find out who intends to come to Boschenvaal. You will be asked to supply the number plate of the vehicle you intend to drive in, and a cell phone number. We can then give a list of participants to security at the second gate, that should speed up your entrance at the second gate.


In December we can try to organize another outing, perhaps to Deelfontein in the Vredefort.  Please let me know should you be interested.

Dear fellow birders,


  1. Club evening

On Monday evening 14 August 2017 Hennie and Ronelle Storm will give a presentation called "A week's birding in the lower Kruger National Park". This talk was organized by Alf Peters.

Time: 19h00

Venue: Old Mutual Building, Vanderbijlpark

Guests are welcome, the cost being R25 per guest. 

Please bring your bird books along.


  1. CWAC on the Vaal River


Our monthly outing will be the CWAC on the Vaal River on Saturday 19 August 2017 . Please arrive at Stonehaven on Vaal  at 06h30 so that you can complete the indemnity form and Cliff can arrange the seating in the boats. The boats launch at 07h00.

If you have not yet let Cliff  know that you want to join the waterbird count on Saturday 19 August 2017, please do so now so that he can arrange with Stonehaven and inform them about the number of people to cater for ( , cell no 076 503 8683).


Friendly regards,

Rina de Klerk

cell no 082 626 6990

home no 016 982 2730

Side and Taste Bud Entertainment

· Fun Well-Priced Country Food Stalls with hearty helpings
· Baked soft pretzels with Beer Cheese dips
· Stonehaven Bakery with homemade cheeses and beer bread
· Naughty Cookies, Cakes and Delights Stalls
· Sweetie and Toffee Apple Stalls · Home Made Ginger Beer Stall
· Ice Cream and Milk Shake Stalls
· Different Craft Beers and Commercial Beers to delight
· Beer infused jams, mustard, ice-cream & more!
· Quality complimentary Children's Entertainment
· Water fun in the swimming pool and slip slide
· Complimentary craft activities with the children
· Competition and prizes for best Beer Festival outfits
· Crazy games and fun competitions to win a big assortment of prizes
· Boat Races in the morning

Tickets available at Computicket and Stonehaven on Vaal

• Adults: R80     • Children under 12 years: R20    • Children 5 and under: Free