Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve is just a 40 minute drive from Pretoria and has good fishing and bird and game viewing. Its also a popular day-trip for picnics.
Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve
Dams are an important source of water for both local communities and major cities across South Africa. The Roodeplaat Dam, situated north-east of Pretoria, was built in 1956 to originally provide water to local farming communities but now serves as an important water resource for homeowners across the Doornpoort and northern area of Pretoria.
The Roodeplaat Dam is now a Nature Reserve and provides a positive impact on the eco-system attracting many birds and local game. Two bird hides can be found on the banks of the dam providing excellent bird-watching opportunities. Some of the birds that you might expect to see here include the Black Crane, Osprey, the rather shy Finfoot and purple Gallinules.
Fishing is a popular sport on the Dam and the northern side attracts the fishermen. The sort of fish that you might expect to catch on the dam include Bass, Carp and Kurper.
Due to its close proximity to Pretoria, about a 40 minute drive, the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve has become a popular day-trip and picnic spot. You can stay longer and even overnight if you want to as there are camping options and also some simple chalet venues on offer.
As with anywhere else you go to see game or birds the best time to spot these animals is early in the morning or in the late afternoon. The type of game that you might expect to see here include Zebra, Kudu, Impala, Warthogs and Wildebeest.
During the summer it can get very hot in the reserve but if you get there early there are a few shelters built close by the water�s edge which you can use for the day.
Kayaking is a popular water sport on the dam and areas have been set aside for this use. Every year the dam also plays host to a big kayaking competition attracting many folks from all over South Africa.
Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve Contact Details:
Tel: +27 (0)12 808 9969, +27 (0)12 808 9986, +27 (0)12 808 9998
Fax: +27 (0)12 808 9999