13 March 2014 #e4k_water International Day of Action for Rivers #RiversUniteUs

13th March 2014 explore4knowledge, International Day of Water Action 2014

#e4k_water #RiversUniteUS


After months of planning, meetings, discussions, phone calls and numerous changes in our planning for this weekend, the two explore4knowledge, Toyota Enviro Outreach double cab Hilux’s towing our Jugens XT140 trailer pulled into the Durbanville Total garages to full our tanks before we made our way to our starting point, Fairmont High school.

total filling station durbanville #e4k_water

On arrival at Fairmont High School we met the rest of the weekend’s team and our convoy grew by a Toyota Hilux and a Land Cruiser Double Cab V8 pick up. So with our logistical team, film crew, photographer, writer for the Toyota Zone magazine and winner on the Pick n Pay #WaterWarriors Weekend Competition, all enjoying a cup of tea and finger snacks, the weekend’s events had officially started.

morning meeting #e4k_water Pick n Pay and Fairmont

Even through the actual International Day of Action for Rivers was only on the 14th March we wasted no time in starting immediately with a talk to the grade 11 Life Sciences or in my time Biology students, discussing human impact on the environment and our fragile ecosystems.

fairmont grade 11 human impact on environment #e4k_water

From Fairmont our route took us to Chester House Primary School where we delivered some International Rivers materials and then turned our Toyota 4×4 convoy North along the N7 towards Piketberg where we had a final stop at the Total garage before heading up over the Dasklip Pass outside of Porterville and over into Beaverlac Nature Reserve.

driving up to Beaverlac #e4k_water

Why Beaverlac Nature Reserve? Well it is simple, not only is this one of the friendliest and welcoming campsites you could ever visit, but their respect, passion and involvement in nature and conservation is evident. Beaverlac is a Natural Heritage Site and Nature Reserve and hosts some incredible rock art, rock formations and is actively involved with a number of fresh water research and conservation projects.

For my purposes, from a research and education perspective, Beaverlac has two long term SASS 5 and water quality sampling sites on the two main rivers found within the reserve, the Olifants and the Ratel River. In addition to this, the reserve is also actively contributing to the ongoing endemic fish population conservation along the rivers course.

As evening drew near, the camp site set up and the fire crackling under the rising moon, the exlpore4knowledge, Toyota Enviro Outreach team had a sense of excitement for the adventures that would come the following day along the Noordhoeks River had to offer.

setting up camp Beaverlac #e4k_water

moon rising #e4k_water

View our Film of Day 1 on our YouTube Channel 

Until our next adventure keep in touch with us via Facebook or Twitter we would love to hear from you.

John Lucas

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