Category Archives: Events

“Why Flies Matter” Talk to take centre stage at Crocworld Conservation Centre on 13 May

Dr Kirstin Williams, entomologist at the Durban Natural Science Museum, will be presenting a talk at Crocworld Conservation Centre in Scottburgh (Kwa Zulu-Natal South Coast) on 13 May. Dr Williams will focus her talk on “why flies matter” and will share fascinating information about the use of flies in forensic entomology for solving crimes and how flies can be used for maggot debridement therapy.

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“Saving the Cranes” talk at Crocworld Conservation Centre

April’s Species Conservation lecture series at Crocworld Conservation Centre will be presented by Ryne Ferguson, the Reserve Manager and Special Projects Coordinator at the KwaZulu-Natal Crane Foundation. His presentation on Saturday, 8 April, will focus on the three species of cranes found in South Africa, as well as the projects covered by the KwaZulu-Natal Crane Foundation.

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“Evaluating Marine Protected Areas” talk at Crocworld Conservation Centre

“Evaluating the effectiveness of the Pondoland Marine Protected Area”, is the focus of the monthly lecture series at Crocworld Conservation Centre. The theme for the 2017 lecture series will focus on Species Conservation.

The March talk will be presented by Dr. Bruce Mann, a Senior Scientist in the Oceanographic Research Institute of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR). Mann will speak on the Pondoland Marine Protected Area and he will also highlight the importance of Marine Protected Areas in general.

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“Vultures in Crisis” Talk by Tammy Caine at Crocworld Conservation Centre

On Saturday, 11 February, Tammy Caine, Manager of the Raptor Rescue Rehabilitation Centre will be delivering a talk entitled “Vultures in Crisis” at Crocworld Conservation Centre, as part of the Centre’s monthly lecture series. Join Caine on her discussion about these incredible, yet often misunderstood creatures, which are highly endangered.

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Renishaw Hills Trail Running and MTB Festival set for first weekend of December

The fifth edition of the Renishaw Hills Trail Running and MTB Festival is just a few weeks away and the good news for outdoor sports enthusiasts is that there are still some entries available.

Trail running is swiftly gaining momentum in South Africa and the KZN South Coast event has become one of the most popular on the sport’s calendar.

This year organizers could not pass off the opportunity to add mountain biking to the festival with the single track through Renishaw Farm providing the perfect setting.

It is the pristine coastline, rugged terrain and spectacular valley views that provide an unspoiled distraction for athletes who enjoy the great outdoors.

The festivities get underway on Saturday, 3 December with two moderately challenging MTB rides. The 28km and 12km races start and finish at the Scottburgh Main Beach, and run through the popular Renishaw MTB Trails.

“It made perfect sense to add mountain biking to our programme. The MTB community along the South Coast and the province has grown tremendously and this is a great place to test ones skills,” event organizer, Myles Usher said.

“The 28km race has some technical sections and it will suit intermediate riders. The 12km race is great for the family. Kids will have to be accompanied by a parent,” Usher explained.

The foot races take place on 4 December with three different events providing runners of varying abilities a chance to challenge themselves.

The 12km and 18km races pass through the TC Roberson Nature Reserve before entering the Renishaw Farm, whilst the 6km is a short loop through the reserve.

The four-kilometer long single track on the southern bank of the Mpambanyoni River in particular presents some breathtaking views, with a number of buck and bird species likely to be spotted along the way.

“We have a good amount of entries coming in for the trail events. We know that runners enjoy it and we are looking forward to seeing a number of popular athletes on the trail running scene back again,” Usher said.

Phil Barker, Managing Director of Renishaw Property Developments, the developers of the Renishaw Hills lifestyle village, says they are delighted to sponsor the event again.

“We are passionate about conservation and all our developments reflect this passion. We are in the process of rehabilitating wetlands and indigenous forests and we know that people who do trail running and mountain biking appreciate this. ” Barker said.

“Renishaw Hills is a major development in the area and we are always happy to get behind an event of this nature. The organisers are professional and we have enjoyed working with them in the past,” he added.

Entry to the event includes a complimentary breakfast roll and entry voucher to the Crocworld Conservation Centre, who are sponsoring all the prizes once again this year.

The popular Durban based band, The Kickstands will perform after the trail run on Sunday.

To enter online, visit

Entry fees:

MTB Ride:

28km – R130 on ROAG, R160 on the day

12km – R100 on ROAG, R130 on the day

Kids U12 R50 on ROAG and on the day

Trail Run:

18km – R130 on ROAG, R160 on the day

12km – R100 on ROAG, R130 on the day

6km – R70 on ROAG, R90 on the day

Kids U12 – R50 on ROAG and on the day

Contact Myles Usher on 083 642 5086 for more details or like the ‘Frothing Beats Events’ Facebook page for further event details.

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Unique Opportunity to Experience Crocworld After Dark this Halloween

For the first time ever Crocworld Conservation Centre near Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast will be open after dark hosting its first ever Halloween celebration presented by Sign it @ Syms on Saturday night, 29th October 2016.
“The night event presented by Sign it @ Syms promises to be the most thrilling, exciting and fun Halloween experience,” said Martin Rodrigues, the manager for Crocworld Conservation Centre.

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‘The Challenges Facing Our Wildlife’ Talk at Crocworld Conservation Centre

On Saturday, 08 October, Crocworld Conservation Centre will be presenting a talk by Director of the Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW), Paul Hoyte. Hoyte will be talking about ‘The Challenges Facing Our Wildlife’ as part of Crocworld Conservation Centre’s monthly lecture series.

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Braais and half-price specials at Crocworld Conservation Centre this Heritage Day

Heritage day at Crocworld Conservation CentreCrocworld Conservation Centre on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast is offering South Africans a fantastic special to celebrate Heritage Day on Saturday 24 September.

All visitors to this natural haven will only pay a half-price admission fee throughout Heritage Day. And to truly embrace the diverse cultural heritage that makes up South Africa, all staff members will be adorned in their traditional attire with visitors encouraged to do the same. Traditional Zulu dancers will also be performing for the guests throughout the Centre for the day.

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Two-part talk on Bird Migration at Crocworld Conservation Centre

On September 10th, Crocworld Conservation Centre be presenting a talk by renowned ornithologists Graham Grieve and David Ehlers-Smith. The talk, which is to be titled Long-Distance and Intra-African Bird Migration, offers birders and nature-lovers alike the opportunity to gain an expert insight into the lives of some of Africa’s most fascinating migratory birds.

Grieve and Ehlers-Smith will deliver the talk in two parts, with each focusing on their particular areas of expertise. Grieve, a qualified bird ringer, will reflect on his experiences ringing birds as part of an international project in Tsavo West Game Reserve, Kenya. In doing so, he will explain the life histories of some of the continent’s rarest Palearctic migrant species. These are the northern hemisphere birds that travel long distances each year to spend the summer here in southern Africa.

Ehlers-Smith, on the other hand, will look at the species that inhabit the Indian Ocean Coastal Forest Belt. In particular, he will focus on resident migratory species, and those that travel from other areas to spend the winter in the coastal forests. Part of Ehlers-Smith’s talk will be dedicated to the issues threatening these forest habitats, including habitat degradation and the land-use pressures triggered by increasing agriculture and urbanisation. Both Ehlers-Smith and Grieve will be speaking from extensive personal experience.

Grieve and Ehlers-Smith

Date: Saturday, 10 September

Time: 8:30 for 9:00am to 11:00am

08.30 – 9.00am: Registration and Welcome by Crocworld Conservation Centre.

9.00- 10.30am: ‘Long-Distance and Intra-African Bird Migration’

10.30- 11.00am: Tea & coffee

There will be time for questions whilst tea and coffee is served.

Venue: Crocworld Conservation Centre

Cost: R75.00 per adult and R35 per pensioner or scholar. Payment secures a place for the talk, please send proof of payment (or arrange to pay on the day)

BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL (space is limited)

Lunch is not included in the price. For those who would like to have lunch can return to Le Rendez- Vous Restaurant at Crocworld Conservation Centre which has beautiful views of the Coastline and serves light lunches or pay a visit to Inzinyoni Indigenous Nursery. The nursery is located on the grounds of Crocworld Conservation Centre and open to the public from Monday to Saturday from 08h00 until 13h00.

To make your reservation contact: Nolean Allun, Crocworld Conservation Centre on
(039) 976 1103/ (083) 654 9651 or e-mail
Account Details: Crocworld (Crookes Brothers Limited) Banking Details: FNB,
Branch: Scottburgh, Branch Code: 220227, Account Number: 53640119111, please fax the proof of payment to (039) 978 3279

Please note:

If you wrote down your name on the list passed around at the August Talk there is no need to re-book as you have already been added to the list of attendees for the September talk. You are welcome to pay cash on the day or if you still wish to pay via EFT, please ensure you bring along the proof of payment with you to the talk. However if you are no longer able to attend please inform us via telephone or email so that we can remove your name from the September talk attendees list.

Its going to be a fantastic talk, we hope that you can join us.

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September Pokémon Go Event not to be missed

We are really excited about hosting our second Pokémon Go event.

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