South Africa (Mpumalanga)
The Loskop Dam Nature Reserve comprises 23 000 ha of pristine Mpumalanga bushveld. The Loskop Dam in the reserve is 27 km long and boasts a 2 350 ha water surface.
The dam is a popular destination for fishermen, and hosts the annual Light Tackle Boat fishing competition. The abundance of water in the reserve makes it a luscious paradise, home to a spectacular array of birdlife and some of Africa’s favourite wild animals. There are over 70 species of mammals in the reserve, including White Rhino, Buffalo and Leopard. The reserve is one of the few reserves in South Africa where game-viewing can be enjoyed by boat. Other species include Eland, Sable, Kudu, Giraffe, Brown Hyena, Aardwolf, and of course, Hippos. Also Python and Crocodile are found here.
The reserve is situated in a Malaria free area, and enjoys perfect weather all year round. The variety of activities on offer, together with the stunning scenery, makes the reserve a perfect getaway destination whether you are after peace and tranquility or an adventure-filled break.
The Loskop Dam wall was built in the 1930’s across the Olifants River. The lake is up to 54m deep and supplies irrigation water for the Groblersdal/Marble Hall area. Originally, a small nature reserve was proclaimed in the 1950s, and its size has been increased over the years. Geology and slope appears to be the strongest factor influencing the distribution of 1014 recorded plant species on the reserve.
Remarkable efforts sustained by the Friends of Loskop, a voluntary association associated with the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) and registered as a non-profit organisation, include the Rhino Protection Initiative, the Ground Hornbill Project and the Black Footed Cat Project.
Location (25o 54′ 2″ S, 28o 41′ 34″ E)
At an elevation of 1,005 m / 3,927 ft, this 27 km long lake is located on the N11, 37 km South of Groblersdal and 60 km North of Middleburg. From Pretoria, take the N4 going East into Mpumalanga. From Johannesburg, start with the N12 past the airport up to Middelburg, where you turn onto the N11 going North. Continue along the N11, which goes to the Loskop dam wall. 2 km before the wall you’ll pass the gate to the Forever Resort. Continue over the dam wall and the entrance to the reserve is shortly after that on your left.
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The sprawling complex of Forever Resort Loskop Dam offers a choice of accommodation comprising 40 charming log cabins, 18 chalets, 8 family houses and a 3 bedroom guest house.
The caravan and camping park which stretches to the water’s edge has 281 stands serviced by 7 neat ablution facilities. A heated pool, excellent angling opportunities, abseiling, game drives, tennis, volleyball, restaurant and conference facilities make this one of the most popular resorts in the area.
Forever Resorts also manage a range of alternatives in the vicinity, such as: