The best view to wake up to in Vanderkloof?

Visit Waterfront Guest House, situated right against the Vanderkloof Dam with uninterrupted views of the dam, right from your bed!

Luxury B&B or self catering, fully equipped kitchen and ultra-modern design inside and outside. Very spacious with magnificent vistas of the beautiful mountains and longest dam in South Africa (over 85km). Just bring food and clothes. Coffee shops and restaurant also available. Vanderkloof is proud to be a “Crime Free” Karoo town. Huge patio with place to braai and a splash pool which is heated during the summer months.

Come and enjoy the tranquillity of a Gem in the Karoo @ Waterfront Guest House in Vanderkloof!

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Breakfast run, Vanderkloof styl!

Elke paar weke gaan ons ‘n Breakfast Run hou op Vanderkloofdam. Jy bring jou eie boot en eie ontbyt en ons maak dit op gasbraaiers iewers langs die dam.

Almal is genooi en daar is geen kostes aan verbonde nie. Kry bietjie gees en doen iets saam met ander bote! Geen boot is te klein of te groot nie. Al kom jy alleen, of pak jou boot vol mense!

Stuur gerus ‘n Whatsapp boodskap of sms aan 082 776 1985 dan laat weet ons jou wanneer die volgende een is. Die idee is so 2 per maand afhangende van die weer :)




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Bootklub se washbay is nou oop en in werking

As jy beplan om met jou boot op die Vanderkloofdam te kom ry neem asseblief kennis van die volgende.

Die “washbay” is nou in werking. Wat dit beteken is dat jy teken nou nie meer by die polisiestasie uit nie. Jy ry reguit na die bootklub se jetty toe. Daar sal jy by ‘n blou container stop met jou boot nog op sy sleepwa. Jou boot sal met chemikalie afgespuit word en jou boot se papiere en veiligheids toerusting sal nagegaan word. Jou skippers sal ook bevestig word en jy sal ‘n vorm in vul om uit te boek.

Daarna, as al jou goed reg is, kan jy die dam gaan geniet. As jy uitkom sal jou boot weer gespuit word.


Dit is nog ‘n nuwe stelsel (Nou so amper ‘n week in werking) so wees asseblief geduldig, die ouens daar probeer ook maar net doen wat vir hulle gese is om te doen. As jou goed reg is en jy met ‘n goeie houding daar aan kom, sal jy binne ‘n paar minute op die water wees. 

Moet dus nie dam toe kom as jy nie al jou papiere en toerusting wat jy nodig het, saam het nie, dit sal dit net onnodig moeilik maak om op die water te kom.

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Big 5 DAMS

Some facts:

  • Vanderkloof Dam has the highest dam wall in the country
  • Vanderkloof Dam is the second biggest dam in the country
  • Vanderkloof Dam is the longest dam in the country
  • Vanderkloof Dam is one of the Big 5 DAMS!
  • Vanderkloof Dam is the home of Large and Smallmouth Yellowfish!

Below is the Big 5 Dams of South Africa. Click on the image for more detail about each dam.

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Lieflike hoekerf te koop in Vanderkloof


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Explore Vanderkloof Dam, the whole dam!

Vanderkloof Dam is the longest dam in South Africa. Without a boat you can see about 4km of Vanderkloof Dam.

With a boat you can get lost, easy, without anyone coming to look for you or most likely even if someone comes to look for you they will probably not be able to find you. So what do you do to explore Vanderkloof Dam properly? How do you experience all over 80km+ of the length of the dam without it being the last thing you do?

Vanderkloof Dam

Contact us on and we will try arrange for someone with a decent boat to give you a lift to see the dam. There are stunning cliffs, a few small caves, if you are lucky a bit of wildlife, all to see, all in a place where no car can get you ever.

So make a day of it and take a long trip to Watervalle (about 75km by boat from the dam wall). You will not regret it. (Assuming you take someone with you who knows the way and your boat is up to standard)

(Please ensure you take all the neccassry safety precautions as described in this article if you plan on attempting this without a local who knows the dam and has been there before a few times) 

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Vanderkloof fisheries website launched

The Northern Cape Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development (NC-DALRRD) has identified Vanderkloof Dam as being situated within a priority area for development. The nearby towns of Keurtjieskloof, Petrusville and Phillipstown have high levels of unemployment and poor food security.

NC-DALRRD has recognized the potential that inland fisheries may have for local rural communities and wishes to explore possibilities to develop small-scale fisheries at the Vanderkloof Dam. The Rural Fisheries Programme (undertaken by the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science, Rhodes University) has been mandated to assess this potential through the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of experimental fisheries.

Experiments will produce baseline catch data for the determination of sustainable harvest levels and trends in catch rates, which are needed for the development of future management actions. In particular, data will be used to assess the biological sustainability and economic feasibility of a small-scale business framework in order to make an informed decision on whether to implement the next phase (small-scale commercial fishery).


The website has recently been launched for this project and can be found at


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Waterfront Guest House

Discover the tranquility of the Karoo on the banks of the Vanderkloofdam at the newly established. Waterfront Guest House.

The Waterfront Guest House offer relaxed Bed and breakfast or self catering accommodation and is ideal for
Boating holidays, leisure travellers, Reps, business Executives, Hunters from nearby Hunting farms.

We also have a Honeymoon suite and bridal dressing and photos are ideal in this establishment where the huge dam and water and mountains reflects in the background.

With it’s AA Superior Rating you can be sure of a quality stay!
We offer a 2 Bedroom Unit on suite bathrooms (Luxury room has a Spa bath and huge showers with a his and hers basin), with ultra modern lounge, kitchen dining room etc.

We have 2 new bedrooms with huge modern bathroom and separate entrance.

Air Conditioners
M Net/Satelite TV
TV Room /spacious lounge
Modern fully equipt kitchen with the water and dam views while having breakfast in the dining room or patio.
Kajaking for summer.
Splash pool

We regret no Credit Card facilities.

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Stem vir Vanderkloof vir die Kwêla dorp van die jaar

Vanderkloof is aangewys as een van die top 3 finaliste vir die Kyknet Kwêla Noord Kaap dorp van die jaar kompetisie. 

Stemlyne is slegs oop tot 5 Mei en om te stem kan jy jou gunsteling dorp se naam na 33157 SMS. 

Vir meer inligting oordie kompetisie besoek

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