North West – Boskop Dam Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The vast proportion of the reserve falls on the western side of the dam, and is accessed from the entrance gate, on the northern side of the dam – follow the signs off the Rysmierbult Road, branching off from the R501. The road leading to the entrance gate turns off here (26°30’54.8″S 27°07’24.7″E, or -26.515209, 27.123530). The entrance gate is roughly 900m down this road.
About the Birding Site
This small nature reserve, which covers roughly 3000ha, is set in the rolling grasslands of the Mooi River valley surrounding the Boskop Dam. The dam is fed by the Mooi River and is a popular recreational area for residents of the nearby town of Potchefstroom, and in particular is a very popular angling destination.
Other Related Information
Situated 25km north of Potchefstroom on the Carletonville road (R501). Turn left at the Rysmierbult/Muiskraal turnoff, go over the Mooi River and turn left immediately after the bridge.
Access and facilities:
The entrance gate is located precisely at these coordinates (26°31’19.0″S 27°07’13.2″E, or -26.521935, 27.120325), and this doubles up as the reception.