Apr 142009

South Africa (Free State)

Rugged, steep krantzes silhouetted against the skyline, mountain slopes snugly covered with a grass blanket, deep lushly vegetated kloofs and a crystal-clear lake are the beauty of Sterkfontein Dam Reserve, covering 18,000 ha at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment.

Oribi, Mountain Reedbuck and Grey Rhebuck inhabit the Sterkfontein Reserve. The bald Ibis, the blue and whitebellied Korhaan are conspicuous on the grassy slopes, while buffstreaked Chat, ground Woodpecker and Sentinel and Cape Rock Thrushes can be seen on rocky outcrops. Bearded and Cape Vultures, as well as the Black and Martial Eagles and Secretary Birds are found here. Birds and bird lovers will enjoy the dam, where nearly 200 bird species have been recorded.

The Yellowwood, Wild Peach, Koko Tree, Silky Bark and Bush Guarri flourish in the sheltered kloofs at Sterkfontein. Wild grape has twined into the tree tops, where they form a dense, leafy canopy that protects ferns and mosses below. Fungi and lichen nestle against living and rotting tree trunks. The mountain slopes are decorated with wild Myrtle, Redwood, Ouhout, Bush Guarri, Highveld Protea, Silver Sugarbush and the scarce Tree Fern.

A two-day hiking trail has been established in the Sterkfontein Dam Reserve. Those wanting to relax and savour the great outdoor sensation and the beauty of the mountain will be enchanted.




Location (28° 26′ 54″ S, 29° 01′ 22″ E)

The nature reserve and dam are situated approximately 23 km from Harrismith on the R74. The lake surface is about 70 km².

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Service Providers

Set on the shores of the picturesque Sterkfontein Dam within the Sterkfontein Nature Reserve, Qwantani Resort offers breathtaking views over the tranquil waters and impressive mountains. Short drives from the resort will bring you to places of interest such as the Basotho Cultural Village nestled in the heart of the Qwaqwa National Park, Camorhi Game Reserve, Golden Gate and Clarens.

Sterkfontein Dam at Wild Horses Lodge

Sterkfontein Dam at Wild Horses Lodge

Located in the Eastern Free State’s pristine Sterkfontein Nature Reserve at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment, Wild Horses Lodge is the perfect location for an African breakaway. With its panoramic views of the majestic Platberg Mountain and the vast Sterkfontein Dam, the (only!) four luxury rooms are a masterpiece of architectural design in local sandstone, accompanied by exquisite cuisine. A variety of activities centered around the dam, the reserve’s abundant wildlife and mountains include hiking, fly fishing, bird watching, game viewing, boat cruises and horse riding.


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