North West – Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve is often best done in conjunction with the neighbouring Sandveld Nature, on the Free State side of the dam – as Sandveld supports a greater diversity of acacia thornveld specialities, while Bloemhof supports a greater diversity of open, plains species (please have a look at our Sandveld NR write-up, under the Free State birding routes).
About the Birding Site
This dam fed by the Vaal River is one of the largest in Southern Africa extending over an area of approximately 25000ha. This large reserve, at roughly 12000ha, boasts of a large variety of typical plains game including large herds of Black Wildebeest, Springbok, Eland, and Gemsbok. Over 250 bird species have been recorded, which is a significant number for this dry region. This reserve also forms part of a recognized IBA SA039 which includes the Sandveld Nature Reserve which lies just across the border in the Free State.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
The entrance gate is located precisely at these coordinates (27°38’08.1″S 25°39’22.1″E, or -27.635579, 25.656129), and doubles up as the reception. There are ablution facilities in the angling area of the dam, but otherwise, there are no facilities for the day visitor. A full suite of services can be located in the nearby Bloemhof town.
Angling R20,00 per person per day (includes children) + gate entrance fee
Boat Launching Fee R50-00 (Once off)