South Africa (Mpumalanga)
Close to Kruger National Park, the Panorama Route and Hazyview, Injaka Dam is a fairly new project, completed only in 2002. There is still plenty of standing timber and boaters are advised to be extremely cautious.
The dam was constructed in the Marite river, which is adjacent to the Sabie river in the Mpumalanga / Bushbuckridge region. Plenty of standing timber, stumps, laydown, weedbeds, lily pads, a waterfall, and several bridge pylons make it interesting, but also hazardous.
Injaka is a deep and clear dam with an abundance of largemouth bass. Although fish in the 700 g to 1 kg range are the most numerous, there are also some lunkers in the lake, and fish in the 3 kg range are frequently caught. A bag of 50 keeper size fish is possible at Injaka.
It is a big dam with 811 ha surface (roughly 8 km2) and fish are allegedly plentiful – however in recent times it has proven very challenging to find big fish.
Location (24o 53′ 10″ S, 31o 5′ 55″ E)
From Jhb, follow the N12 and N4 East towards Nelspruit. Take the White River road R40 North from Nelspruit, and on to Hazyview. From Hazyview follow the signs to Bushbuckridge/R40. After about 20 km, watch out for signs to Injaka Dam & Pink Tibouchina Lodge on your left. The lake is at an elevation of 760 m.
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Close to Kruger National Park, the Panorama Route and Hazyview, Pink Tibouchina Lodge is set in scenic sub-tropical gardens with spectacular views. The establishment offers luxury rooms and excellent cuisine, self-catering accommodation, caravan and camping facilities only 1 km from Injaka Dam. A basic slipway is available by arrangement with the lodge.