Verloren Valei is a magnet for those with specialist interests such as orchids, wildflowers, birds (especially cranes), insects and wetlands in general. More important, though, is the opportunity to understand how these and other areas of interest exist as part of a wider ecological context. Our expert-led field trips are a way to come to grips with specific aspects of the Reserve within the context of the whole—and an opportunity to experience a place of outstanding natural beauty more intimately.

Essential to enjoying your field trip. Copies may be purchased at the Reserve office or at the Heritage Centre in Dullstroom (next door to Mrs Simpson’s) – or by e-mailing

Upcoming Events

Field trips are R200 per person per day, which includes the entrance fee to the reserve. Friends of Verloren Valei receive a discounted price of R150. Mail for more information on events, or to book.

Wetlands: 6 November 2021

Verloren Valei is a rare example of a high-altitude wetland and an important source of rivers–four rise here. Join Hannes Marais, a wetland expert, on a field trip to understand more about how wetland systems work in the beautiful surrounds of Verloren Valei.

LepSoc Africa Butterfly Field Trip: 18 December 2021

Verloren Valei is famous as an internationally important wetland, an orchid hotspot—and as the habitat of two butterfly species that occur nowhere else: Warren’s Blue and Clark’s Lost Widow (Verloren Valei Bergweduwee). The field trip led by the Lepidopterists’ Society of Africa (LepSoc) is an annual highlight of the Verloren Valei year. This year’s trip will again be led by Jeremy Dobson, President LepSoc, and Justin Bode.  

Other possible sightings might include the Transvaal Copper, Tite’s Copper, Bush Scarlet, Lydenburg Opal, Common Meadow Blue, Henning’s Black-Eye, Basuto Skolly, Table Mountain Beauty, Blue Pansy, Gaudy Commodore, Mountain Sylph and Restless Blue, to name just a few.

Booking is essential: mail us at to reserve a place.