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.


It 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 particular 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 some time to take in the sights of the dam wall which is accessed from the village. An even more dramatic experience when the river is in full flood.


There are 3 chalets, each with 3 bedrooms consisting of 2 single beds. 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 a wash basin, 2 plate stove and fridge. There is a kitchen table with chairs and a cane lounge set with a 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.


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.


  • Adults : R40,00
  • Juveniles : R25,00
  • Pensioners : R25,00
  • Angling : R25,00 per person per day + gate entrance fee
  • Angling Competitions : R500,00 per club + gate entrance fees per person
  • Boat Launching Fee : R50-00 (Once off)
  • Vihicle Fee : R10.00


  • Camp with electrical power points: R150.00 max. 6 people
  • No electricity : R100.00 max. 6 people plus entrance & angling fees.
  • Chalets : R140,00 per person per night + once off gate entrance fees (max. 6 persons per cottage). Fully Furnished, self-catering.
  • Group Camp : R80,00 per person per night + gate entrance fee. There are 3 sleeping halls with6 single beds in each. they are equipped with linen except the towels, separate ablution and kitchen with no cutlery and crockery, fridge freezer combination, 2 stoves, there is a lapa for braai. THERE IS NO TV, AIR CONDITIONER AND MICROWAVE IN ALL ACCOMODATION
  • Log Cabin : R300-00 for 4 people plus entrance fee
  • Hunting Camp : R120,00 per person per night R 80,00 Kids (2 - 12yrs) + gate entrance fees (max. 8 persons), With 2 sets of single beds with linen but no towels, separate ablutions. open plan kitchen with lapa, bring own cutlery and crockery. we use solar for elecricity, geyser we use a donkey and we supply with wood.
  • NOTE

  • An Additional levy of R30 per person on gate fees for foreigners
  • Parks will be allowed to determine charges for items not identitfied.