Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve
People living in or visiting Pretoria are lucky to have Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve right on their doorstep; it’s just a short drive north of the Jacaranda city. Roodeplaat’s bush, lawns and quality road network are perfect for all kinds of outdoor leisure pursuits, be it fishing, water sports, bird watching or just relaxing and having a braai.
The reserve is divided into two sections, which are separated by the dam and a stretch of private land. The entrance to the northern reserve is directly from the R573. This part of Roodeplaat is especially great for water-based recreational activities and is home to the Roodeplaat Rowing Club, which hosts many university and other rowing events.
Canoeing, sailing and angling for fish species like bass, kurper or carp are other popular activities on the northern shores of the reserve, which is well-equipped with picnic sites and braai area with toilets, simple campsites and caravan stands along the water’s edge. The area around these amenities mainly consists of thornveld and some wetland vegetation on the edges of the dam. Birders can look out for several species of terns, warblers (especially in summer), kingfishers and African fish-eagles.
The Southern Side of the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve is a favourite with lovers of wildlife. Game species here include plains zebra, greater kudu, waterbuck, warthog, impala and blue wildebeest. Black-backed jackals can also be seen and there is plenty of habitat for bird watchers to look for specials like coqui francolin, glossy ibis and black cuckooshrike. A day list of a hundred bird species is not impossible and several bird hides make it birding here a pleasant experience. There a choice of accommodation in the Southern section of the reserve, including two exclusive guest houses and some budget chalets. There is also the Zeekoegat Conference Centre that sleeps up to 120 people.
Northern Side: 6h00 – 20h00
Southern Side: 6h00 – 18h00