Bat & Owl Boxes at Maccauvlei on Vaal!

We are pleased to say that our new bat and owl boxes have been erected at Maccauvlei on Vaal! Clueless as to why we would erect these boxes at our establishment? Here’s why:

As occupants, we need to take responsibility for protecting the natural heritage of this area. Bat populations are very susceptible to high mortality because of their low productive rates, and there is scientific concern about the conservation status of bats, as many species of bats are increasingly affected by multiple actions of humans (NSPCA, 2012). By erecting bat boxes, bats are offered and alternative roost as opposed to habitation in residential areas. Bats also assist in insect control, so it’s a win-win situation!

Above: Bat box being erected at Maccauvlei on Vaal

As for the owl boxes, many owls hunt within residential and suburban areas and although food is available, breeding sites are not sufficient. By erecting owl boxes, the owls will utilise these boxes for nesting purposes. Owls staying in the area will assist with the control of rodents as well as numerous insect types. Feel free to come and have a look at our newly erected owl and bat boxes at Maccauvlei on Vaal, we trust that this will contribute to the conservation of our surrounding natural habitats and their occupants!


Above: Owl Box at Maccauvlei on Vaal

Riviera’s Earth Day tips for kids

Earth Day is described as the day on which we remember to appreciate nature and learn ways to protect our environment. Riviera on Vaal, being a family resort, would like to see kids grow up in an environment where every day is Earth Day.

Earth Day tips for Kids

Earth Day tips for Kids

The Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, situated on the banks of the Vaal River, considers environmental responsibility as one of their top priorities. The Hotel boasts various kinds of kids’ entertainment options which gives them the ideal opportunity to teach kids how to make every day Earth Day by means of appreciating and protecting their environment.

Here are a few Earth Day tips for kids from the Riviera on Vaal that you can use to create awareness for Earth Day amongst children of all ages:

  • Many websites provide colouring pages and posters for Earth Day. Create awareness by handing earth themed colouring pages to kids to colour in.
  • Create Earth Day puzzles, word search games and mazes themed accordingly.
  • Have kids draw or paint pictures with weather themes.
  • Teach kids about the water cycle and what they can do to save water in fun ways.

Earth Day has been celebrated around the world since 1970. With kids having the most important stake in keeping the planet healthy it is necessary to create awareness from a very young age. As the saying goes: “A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”

Let’s teach our kids to protect the environment for their kids and their kidskids thereafter.

The Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club keeps children busy at Murphy’s Clubhouse, offering loads of fun, educational and stimulating activities. For bookings at this family resort on Vaal contact reservations on 016 420 1300 or

For more tips and quotes on environmental responsibility, visit the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club’s Pinterest board: Riviera Going Green.


About the Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club

A Luxury Hotel that’s the perfect all rounder – be it entertaining the whole family or hosting that all important business event – located 45 minutes away from Johannesburg. The hotel offers guests varied options for families with small children, romantic couples or business guests. It boasts a magnificent view and friendly and efficient staff, always committed to giving each individual guest the very special experience they deserve. From water sport to relaxing spa treatments, there’s a lot to be enjoyed. The 18-hole golf course is very popular, as is the 9-hole Pitch & Putt, which is a great activity for couples, families and teambuilding. Also on offer are various restaurant options. This resort offers a very family friendly environment.

For more information please contact:

Renate de Villiers


Mario Milani Drive

Vereeniging, Gauteng, 1930

Phone:    016 420 1300

Fax:         016 455 6125