What we did to celebrate Spring

A report from Marthie Coetzer

To celebrate Spring, thirty six members enjoyed a Spring Lunch under
the trees in the garden of Random Harvest Nursery. It was a glorious day and
everyone was in good spirits.

The owner of the Nursery, Linda de Luca, gave a talk about what to do and
what to plant to invite nature with all it’s wonderful and useful insects
and birds into our gardens.

Then we enjoyed Lasagne and salad and afterwards delicious apple pie and cream.

Everyone agreed that nothing can beat good food, good friends and a lovely

Members enjoying lunch at Random Harvest Nursery


Bus tour to Bronkhorstspruit and Cullinan on 22 August 2018

Here is a report sent in from Marthie Coetzer about our recent outing to the Nan Hau Buddist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit which was followed by a tour of the diamond mine in Cullinan .

A group of 63 members of the West Rand U3A visited the Nan Hau Buddist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit, where Sipho guided us through two interesting temples with different Buddahs. He then showed us the training centre where young girls were playing drums. » Read more

News of our October Outing

Shooting the Big Five in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

We are going to have a full day outing to the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve on Wednesday 17 October to shoot the “Big Five”

The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is a provincial park in South Africa, northwest of Johannesburg. It’s set in an extinct volcanic crater, with grasslands, wooded valleys and fascinating rock formations.

The park is home to healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino, elephant and buffalo – Africa’s “Big Five”.

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There is also a wide variety of rare and common species with endemic species like the nocturnal brown hyena, cheetah, sable, as well as giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodile, to mention but a few.

Bird watching is excellent with over 300 species of birds recorded. Some of these include eagles and other raptors, water birds, kingfishers, shrikes, and much more.

Animals and birds drink at the Mankwe Dam, a man-made lake, and concealed wildlife-viewing shelters are scattered throughout the park.

The plan is to leave early in the morning and travel to Pilanesberg in two small buses (see notes). Spending the day viewing and “shooting” all the wildlife we see with our cameras (don’t forget to take them!). We will take our own picnic lunch with us.

The cost for this outing is R320 pp.

For more information and for bookings please WhatsApp Marthie on 083 297 9565. Information about meeting and departure times TBA.

Notes: It takes two hours to drive to Pilanesberg hence the reason for leaving early, and the  reason for having two buses is because a large bus would not be allowed to use all the roads in the game reserve whereas the small ones can.

All photographs by Dawn Weyers