Covering an area of about 25 000 ha, this dam is one of the largest in South Africa. Located approximately 320 km from Johannesburg, this dam is fed by the Vaal River and is great for all water sports.

The reserve itself is about 12 000 ha and is one of the most popular angling sites in South Africa.

The weather here is mild to hot during summer, however it can become quite cold during winter months.

It is also home to a wide variety of game including springbok, wildebeest and eland.

Camping facilities is available should you want to stay over.


For more info:

(0) 53 433 1706

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0) 53 433 1706

The Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve, in the North West province, has the large Bloemhof Dam as its principle attraction. The extent of the dam within the reserve is around 13 000-hectares and, depending on the water levels, offers outstanding angling to complement the reserve’s bird and game viewing.



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At full capacity, Bloemhof is one of the country’s largest man-made dams.



The Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve centres on the Bloemhof Dam, one of the largest dams in South Africa. Situated on the lower region of the Vaal River, the dam not only supplies industry and agriculture, but is also an important recreational resource for the North West and Free State provinces.

Despite wildlife populations that include black and white rhinoceros, large herds of eland, oryx, springbuck, black wildebeest and small predators, angling is by far this North West nature reserve’s most popular activity, followed by bird watching.

Comprising a mix of Kalahari scrub and thornveld, and some wetland on the shores of the dam, the terrain of the Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve is open and flat.

The reserve

Has over 250 species of bird, and is especially good for spotting herons, storks, geese, ducks and cormorants. Seasonal migrants include flamingos, terns and teal.

The reserve’s birds are accustomed to vehicle traffic, thus making it easy (except in the wet season) for bird-watchers to drive up close to the dam and view large populations of waterfowl from the comfort of their cars.

Exceptional sports fishing,by boat or from the shore, is the reason the Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve draws anglers from as far as sub-Saharan Africa to test their line skills against the dam’s carp, grass carp and barbel.

Over 250 bird species can be found here, including rare waterfowl.




Also resident in the dam are indigenous yellow fish, which must be released if caught.


Angling is also permitted on the Vaal River below the dam wall.

Few predators mean Bloemhof Dam’s fish are plentiful, reach an above average size, and put up a good fight all year-round, to the delight of the anglers competing in regional, national and international fishing competitions held here throughout the year.

Though the Bloemhof Dam is shallow compared to other dams, it’s still a prime summertime spot for boating, jet skiing, canoeing, and yachting, with boat launch facilities provided.

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family-traveling-with-car_162537428How to get to BLOEMHOF Dam Nature Reserve:

From Johannesburg, follow the N12 west for 320km to the Bloemhof turn-off (the R34). The Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve is 4km east of Bloemhof on the R34 toward Hoopstad



Angers must bring all their own equipment. Binoculars and a camera for game viewing and bird watching. Good sun protection and insect repellent is essential if fishing or picnicking. The climate is generally mild to hot.



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Camping is the most popular way to overnight in the reserve. Alternatively you can rent self-catering cottages, log cabins, or a hunting lodge, at very reasonable rates.



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