Final Vdk Dam RMP & BP for final public review

Please note that the final 30 day review period for the Vanderkloof Dam RMP and BP is between 25 August 2014 and 25 September 2014. Copies of both the final RMP and BP can be downloaded with the links provided below:

Vanderkloof RMP03 for public review

Vanderkloof Public Meeting Minutes

Vanderkloof Dam Public Comments and Response Register

Vanderkloof BP03S for public review

Where possible we have taken all comments received from I&APs into account  within the framework of existing legislative requirements. If you are not sure how you comment has been taken into account please contact me on 0117811730 or email me on so that I can explain how the comment was incorporated.

Further, please feel free to contact me if you have any further comments on the final RMP and BP.

We have appreciated your input in the process and look forward to your continued interest in the RMP.

Kind Regards,

Vanessa Stippel, Environmental Consultant


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Hemel op Aarde Chalets

Hemel op Aarde

Contact: 079 619 3414 for any enquiries or bookings

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Rolfontein Nature Reserve – Prices and facilities announced

After a long time of upgrades there finally seems to be progress at Rolfontein Nature Reserve! The official pricing has been announced as well as a detailed list of facilities, activities and accommodation options for the nature reserve which will be opening to the public very soon.

Click here to see the prices and start planning your trips to Rolfontein today. There are various options to really cater for everyone’s taste and liking!!

We will keep you posted on the Vanderkloof Dam website when Rolfontein opens and any other important information you may need to know.

Rolfontein Nature Reserve - Renovations

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Roche’ Schoeman just finished his source to sea riverboarding journey down the Orange river, following on the heels of explorer Ray D Chaplin‘s award-winning first riverboarding descent.

Roche’s journey was different though as he took on the river during the rainy season, resulting in much higher water and a very swift journey covering the 2,400km. But like Ray, Roche’ also used the Fluid Anvil for his descent.

Roche’ was riverboarding to raise money and awareness for the charity Up With Downs, and the kids did some swimming of their own in their local pools to compete with Roche’!
Face Level caught a quick interview with the bearded riverboarder in the midst of his push to the sea.


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Petition to save the largies!

Jeremy Grace met die monster-grootbekgeelvis wat hy die naweek in die Vanderkloofdam met ’n vlieghengelstok uitgetrek het. Die vis is 1 meter lank en weeg 11,5 kg. Foto: Erich Pienaar

Vanderkloof largies under threat


Just when the newly discovered largemouth yellowfish gem was made, Vanderkloof Dam, the existence of our largest freshwater sportfish, fondly called “largies” are now under threat in this dam. Largemouth yellowfish numbers has recently plummeted due to waterpollution, overfishing and competition with alien fish species across it’s natural distribution range.

In Vanderkloof Dam, largemouths have found one of it’s last safe heavens. The reason being that fishing pressure is low in this rural area far away from all mayor centers, and fishing is done by conservation minded anglers that support catch and release principles. Good water quality and abundance of structure also helps with largemouth numbers.

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Herfs Konsert – 16 Mei 2014

Vanderkloof hou “Herfs Konsert” Vrydagaand om 18h30 in die NG Kerksaal.

Kom ondersteun ons asseblief vir ‘n lekker aandjie uit voor dit te koud word!

Kaartjies is R30 volwassenes en R20 vir kinders en is verkrygbaar by “Menslief Koffiewinkel” en by die Kerkkantoor. Kerrie en rys gaan ook te koop wees. Die fondse gaan aangewend word vir ‘n baie goeie doel – sendingstasie in die Transkei. Ons plaaslike kunstenaars gaan optree en dit gaan ‘n onvergeetlike aand wees!!

Herfs Konsert

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Forums section added to website

With the proposed changes in and around Vanderkloof with regards to netting in the dam by Rhodes University we have decided it is a good time to add a “Forum” section to the Vanderkloof Dam website, where you can discuss anything with other visitors of the site.

There are various topics but you are welcome to suggest more topics or simply create your own. Registration is fast and easy. Simply visit to post a topic and start discussing.

The forum has just been launched today so please let us know of any problems and help us build this forum as the first stop to finding or sharing information related to Vanderkloof!


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Iets om jou te laat dink…

Kyk hierdie video reg tot die einde en begin Vanderkloof en die mense om jou raaksien vir wie en wat hulle is en vir jou kan beteken. Nie vir wat hulle “status” is nie. Mis jy dalk die kans van jou leeftyd?

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Rhino Manor – now officially a 3 star establishment!

Rhino Manor has just been awarded a 3 Star Rating by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. After a lot of hard work and listening to tourists needs and requirements Johan at Rhino Manor has certainly set the new benchmark for what establishments need to live up to if they don’t want to be left behind.


For a true holiday experience with luxury self catering accommodation at the most beautiful dam in South Africa, contact Rhino Manor today for a few days breakaway from your day to day life!

Congrats to Johan and his team at Rhino Manor for once again showing that hard work pays off, no matter how small the town is where you are!!

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