The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is now operating under Level 1 of the Covid-19 regulations. This translates to all previously restricted activities being allowed again and the picnic area open for the public again. However, sanitising of hands and the wearing of masks at the entrance building remains mandatory.
We would like to invite you to a Mini-SASS (Stream Assessment Scoring System) assessment on Saturday 10 October at 15:00 and take part in Citizen Science. We will be evaluating the river health of the Moreletaspruit by making use of this unique bio-monitoring tool that was designed specifically for ordinary citizens (like ourselves) and school-going children to use.
Time: 15:00 –17:00
Where: Meet @ Faerie Glen Nature Reserve main entrance
Who: Everybody is welcome, including children
What to bring: -Sun hat; face mask; magnifying glass
Government has announced the country moving down to Level 2 Covid-19 restrictions. Although this is good news, social distancing measures shall remain applicable and visitors to the reserve must continue wearing masks at the entrance and sanitizing their hands. We will be able to resume our activities at the reserve and will keep you posted on upcoming activities. The reserve returned to its normal operating hours between 06:00 and 18:00 from 1 September.
Security: Please take note that due to high visitor numbers over weekends, there has been car theft taking place next to January Masilela where people have parked their cars on the open field, when the parking area was full. The City of Tshwane will let the guards monitoring the parking area take turns to monitor the field from this weekend. But please be aware of the security risk.
We are pleased to announce that the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve will finally open its doors again on Monday 15 June. We have assisted CoT Nature Conservation to make this possible. There will however be strict protocol to be followed and a limit on the number of visitors as stipulated by CoT Nature Conservation. Please read the protocol to be followed carefully below:
PROTOCOL TO BE FOLLOWED WHEN FAERIE GLEN RESERVE OPENS FOR PUBLIC
RESERVE WILL ONLY BE OPEN FROM 07:00 – 17:00
NO VISITS TO BIRD HIDES/NO PICNICS ALLOWED/BENCHES OFF LIMITS
NO GROUP ACTIVITIES/EVENTS
ALL OTHER RULES AND REGULATIONS OF FAERIE GLEN RESERVE MUST BE ADHERED TO
Visitors must wear a mask when entering the parking area and entrance building. Masks may be removed during exercise, but be replaced when in proximity to other visitors.
Physical distancing of 1,5 m must be adhered to.
A maximum of 50 people will be allowed into the reserve at any given time
20 Vehicles will be allowed at one time in the parking lot
The security official will scan ALL persons in a vehicle before the visitors enter the parking area. Any vehicle with a person with temperature of more than 380C will be asked to turn around
The visitors must remember their temperature for recording on the COVID-19 visitors register
NO PERSON TO RECORD OWN DETAILS ON REGISTER (ONLY SECURITY OFFICIAL TO RECORD DETAILS – NO SIGNATURE REQUIRED)
Security official must also record telephone number
Membership cards and dog permits to be presented to security official and cashier at entrance building
Visitors to remain in vehicles until the person controlling visitors indicates visitor to advance to pay point
Hands of visitors will be sanitized before entering building. Visitors may use their own personal sanitizer if preferred.
Only one person allowed in ablution facility at any time. Hands will be sanitized before entering the bathroom. Ablution to be wiped off with sanitizer after each person exits the bathroom
Please note that the Rietvlei Nature Reserve opened today and can therefore be visited over the weekend for those desperate to experience nature again.
Please be advised that the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is still not open yet, due to preparations taking place regarding Covid-19 safety measures. Staff working at the reserve, are also in the process of returning to Pretoria from their home provinces. Please be patient and know that we will inform you as soon as we have a date for the reserve’s reopening. Just hang in there.
In the meantime, there are other options to experience nature again this weekend. Why not visit the Dinokeng Game Reserve in the North of Pretoria (40min drive from downtown Pretoria)? This is a unique game reserve with a large variety of game, including the Big Five.
The Dinokeng Game Reserve is open again for visitors forself drive purposes only (no stay-over) or visits to restaurants or picnics. Ablution facilities are available. The Game Reserve is open from 06:00 to 18:00 and offers 140km of tracks to follow with your vehicle. The Dinokeng Visitor’s Guide provides more information. Please note that there are gate fees involved. R250 per vehicle and a R80 conservation fee per person (R50 for children).
Please consider supporting Dinokeng, as they have been severely affected by the Lockdown regulations and are still not able to open their lodges, restaurants and other facilities again. This has a direct impact on the welfare of the animals and the staff working at the reserve and off course their families.