ID #1086

Sandveld Nature Reserve, Bloemhof, North-West Province.

37700-Ha reserve on the banks of Bloemhof Dam on the Vaal River. Majestic camelthorn trees and savannah veld capture the essence of Africa. Sable, roan, blue wildebeest, tsessebe, kudu, white rhino buffalo and giraffe thrive here. Many smaller mammals such as aardwolf, porcupine and springhare.  Large numbers of heron, egret, cormorant and ibis breed in trees adjacent to the dam, while duck, geese and flamingos gather on the dam at different times of the year. Sociable weavers have built several communal nests in the thorn trees, some of which are inhabited by pygmy falcon.  Whitebacked vultures breed in large nests on tops of camelthorn trees. Crimson-breasted shrike and red-crested korhaan can also be seen.  Excellent catches of barbel and carp are recorded in this highly productive dam, while the connoisseur angler can target specimens like mudfish and yellowfish. Attractions include:

•    Camp sites under shady trees, some of which have electrical outlets
•    Chalets with air-conditioning, TV, microwave and carports.
•    Large hall with kitchen can accommodate up to 100 for functions and meetings.
•    Furnished lapa can accommodate 40
•    Curio shop, which also sells essentials
•    Environmental education programmes for up to 20
•    Cleanup campaigns
•    Participation in Water Day and Tree-planting Week.
•    Youth Centre with Environmental Youth Club
•    Angler’s paradise
•    Birding
•    Game viewing
•    Watersports such as waterskiing, windsurfing, boardsailing, and paragliding

Summers are hot with typical highveld thunderstorms. Winters are warm and sunny but nights are cold.

The reserve is 10-km from Bloemhof, which is on the N12 southwest of Gauteng. AASand

Contct:            Tourism Officer
Sandveld Nature Reserve
Box 414 Bloemhof 2660
+27 (53) 433 1710 telephone
+27 (53) 433 1090 fax
+27 (53) 433 1703 telephone Environmental Centre

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Last update: 2014-03-06 23:37
Author: Alan McIver
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