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Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve

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18km from Pretoria

-25.6412, 28.3598


+27 12 808 9969


The Roodeplaat dam is about 25 km from Pretoria. Originally constructed to supply the surrounding areas with water, it is developed into a well-known destination for bird watching, game viewing and a range of water sports including fresh water angling.

The northern side of Roodeplaat dam caters mainly for leisure activities such as fishing, rowing and canoeing. It has a number of rustic campsites (both with and without electricity) situated along the edge of the dam, along with a club house, picnic sites and ablution facilities. Anglers fish mainly for bass, carp and barbel. On quiet days it is also a good place to spot some water birds such as the osprey, half-collared kingfisher, white-winged tern (summer) and crimson-breasted shrike.

The southern section of the reserve, which is about 795 hectares in size, protects a mix of open grasslands and dense savannah woodland. It is quieter than the northern side of the reserve and features a well maintained 7 km hiking trail and two bird hides where you can sit and quietly observe the area around you. Visitors can also spot zebra, kudu, waterbuck, warthog, impala and blue wildebeest on the reserve, either on foot or from your car.


  • 10 self-catering units can accommodate 60 guests.
  • The Impala chalet is fully equipped and can accommodate 4 adults and 2 children.
  • The guest house can accommodate 8 people.
  • There are 200 electrified campsites

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