Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

The Bloemhof Dam is one of the largest dams in South Africa, covering an area of some 25 000 ha and reaching over 100 km upstream from the dam wall. The dam is fed by the Vaal River.


The Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve is located 320km from Johannesburg and 4km east of Bloemhof on the R34 to Hoopstad. Roads on the reserve are generally suitable for all vehicles except in exceptionally wet periods.

The reserve is a 12 000 ha conservancy in open Kalahari scrub, thornveld country offering the visitor a rare combination of game viewing on the reserve or fishing at one of the most popular angling sites in South Africa.


Generally mild to hot but can be cold in winter especially at night.

Bloemhof Dam Reserve hosts a wide variety of plains game with particularly large herds of springbok, black wildebeest, eland and gemsbok. Over 250 species of birds have been recorded at the reserve including some rare waterfowl on the dam. The reserve hosts several national and international fishing competitions including the Tri-Nations and the Bloemhof Bonanza. The Bloemhof Dam is open for all watersports. Powerboat launching facilities are provided. Angling is also permitted on the Vaal River below the dam wall. When visiting the Bloemhof Dam Reserve, take in the dam wall, accessed from the village. A dramatic experience when the river is in full flood.


There are 3 chalets, each has 3 bedrooms and 2 single beds in each. They are equipped with linen except for towels. There is a toilet and shower in each chalet. An open plan kitchen is equipped with cutlery and crockery, a built in kitchen unit with wash basin, 2 plate stove and fridge. There is a kitchen table with chairs and a cane lounge set with coffee table. Outside is a lapa for braai. Costs R140-00 per person per night plus once off entrance and fishing fee. Chalets are 1.5km from the dam.

There are 3 sleeping halls with 6 single beds in each, also equipped with linen except for towels, separate ablution and kitchen with cutlery and crockery, fridge freezer combination, 2 stoves. There is a lapa for braai. Costs R80-00 per person per night plus entrance and fishing fee. THERE IS NO TV, AIR CONDITIONER OR MICROWAVE IN ANY OF THE ACCOMMODATION UNITS.

The log cabins with 2 bunk beds for 4 people equipped with linen except for towels. Toilet and shower inside, kitchen unit with wash basin and gas stove and fridge and for lights and geyser we use solar at R300-00 for 4 people. YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN CUTLERY AND CROCKERY.

Booking must be made well in advance and a 50% deposit is payable when a booking is made within 7 days. Deposit is not refundable when a booking is cancelled.

Camping facilities are available at the angling area.

A thatched hunting camp has been opened on the reserve which can be hired as a unit offering a peaceful environment in the centre of the reserve. There is no electricity at this camp which is powered by solar panels.