Zandvlei Trust

Ally Ashwell's GIS Education Trail  2009.


Some of the preparation work showing photos at identified GPS points.



Ally applied and has received funding from the Table Mountain Fund to develop a GIS based course for school geography classes, addressing the school ciriculum requirements.
She chose the Source to Sea management plan, as a basis and has identified a route, 5 participating schools with enthusiastic teachers and the Friends groups in the area. The course is aimed at senior studnets. The different sections have been recce'd.



Bergvliet High School
Crestway High School
Muizenberg High School
Zwaanswyk High School
CapeNature River Health Project
City of Cape Town Youth Environmental School project
City of Cape Town Zandvlei Nature Reserve
City of Cape Town  Biodiversity
EnviroEds (Alice)
Friends of Tokai Forrest
Keysers River Partnership
Lourens River Conservation Society
Table Mountain National Park
Two Oceans Aquarium
Western Cape Education Department (curriculum advisors)
WESSA / Blue Flag Beaches
Western Cape Wetlands Forum
Working for Wetlands
Zandvlei Trust

Schools  Teachers
Bergvliet Tim le Mesurier
Crestway Jody Hartzenberg, Chris Rafferty,
Suzanne Short.
Muizenberg John Nyamunda, Desiree Fischer
Zwaanswyk Louis Boshoff.

Name Organisation
Leighan Mossop Table Mountain National Park
Virgil Jacobs Working for Wetlands
Patricia Holmes City of Cape Town - Biodiversity
Patrick Dowling WESSA
Andrea Gordon WESSA
Alan Penfold Lourens River Conservation Society
Janine Penfold Drakenstein Municpality
Sharon Mc Callum Zandvlei Trust
Ian McCallum Zandvlei Trust
Gavin Lawson Zandvlei Trust
Susan Gie Zandvlei Trust and Garmin GPS representative and canoe lender.
Mark Arendse Zandvlei Nature Reserve
Romeo Paulse Zandvlei Nature Reserve
George Davis SANBI
Alice Ashwell  EnviroEds
Faizel Klink Superbus
Roshan Stanford  Catering


The Routes

The river route is broken up into sections. Starting up at the source of the Princesskasteel River in the Table Mountain National Park at Elephants Eye cave and following it to the mouth of the Greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve where it flows into False Bay. The route is about 8km long starting at about 600 meters above sea level and descending to sea level. It is through National Parks, provincial and local government, private residential, some commercial and industrial land, and then finally the Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve.

Showing some of the lower Keysers River areas.

Some of what the children will do.

  • The students will be divided into groups. Each group will consist of representatives from each school. This will help with social and learning opportunity for an exchange of views.

  • Each group will do a section and then combine and summerise the overall activity findings before the end of the day at a picnic.

  • They will reference GPS points along the way and identify places of interest, sampling points for a mini SASS (water quality readings).

  • Monitor the catchment

  • A local community volunteer "Friends group representative" will accompany each of the groups and give additional background information about the area along the different sections.

  • Take photos and use a GPS.

  • The Zandvlei section will involve canoe and walking parts.

  • This should be fun and a real adventure for all.

  • Each group will be transported to and from the starting and end points.

Parts of the Keysers River area.

Parts of the Zandvlei Nature Reserve area.


For more information contact;

Ally Ashwell     021 788 2431
                       082 720 7444


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