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 info@vanderkloofdam.co.za 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 www.vanderklooffisheries.co.za


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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.

To make a booking complete the form below or contact on 083 300 7208 or email waterfrontguesthousevdkloof@gmail.com or hettaPB@yahoo.com

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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 http://kyknet.dstv.com/2015/04/29/dorp-van-die-jaar-semi-finaliste/

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Article from Diamond Field Advertiser, Kimberley

In the 18 March 2015 article of the DFA (Diamond Fields Advertiser) in Kimberley the following two articles was placed. We thank them for their support for bringing awareness to the area. See the articles below to read them.






The Diamond Fields Advertiser is a daily newspaper published in Kimberley, South Africa, founded on 23 March 1878.

For more information about DFA visit http://diamondfieldsadvertiser.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

To sign the petition to help save the yellowfish, click here

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Est by Thelna fashion roadshow kicks off in Vanderkloof

Dear loyal Est clients, please note that our annual EST ROADSHOW in South Africa kicks off in the beautiful Vanderkloof area. Please join us for this exciting event.

Details are as follows:
Pride Rock Lodge
Friday 13 March 2015: Fashion Show 18:00
Saturday 14 March 2015: Fashion Show 10:00
R50 pp, includes snacks and juice
Cash bar will be available
Tickets available from Vanderkloof Chemist

For more info visit www.estbythelna.com or contact Vanderkloof Chemist


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Veiling van eiendomme in Vanderkloof. 27 Feb 2015


27 February 2015 @ 11:00
Information for Auction: Lushhof Hall, Erika street, Vanderkloof Dam
Date: 27 February 2015
Time: 11:00

5 x Residential Houses

2 x Semi – detached houses

1 x Business Premises

4 x Waterfront Stands

13 x Open Stands

*  The municipality will deliver services to all erven (electricity, water and sewerage),
*  The municipality will be responsible to give notice to all current tenants and also see to it that the tenants adhere to the instruction and its dates,
*  VAT will be charged on all the properties, VAT is excluded from the bidding price.

Contact Rudi on 0826956658 for more information or visit (includes photos of all properties):



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Petisie eindig op 31 Mei 2015. Help asb

Share asseblief hierdie met jul hengel vriende. Die petisie sluit die einde Mei 2015 en ons wil dan graag die petisie oordra aan die belange groepe asook aan die Rhodes Universitiet en Departemnet van Landbou en Visserye wat tans beplan om nette in die dam te sleep vir die daar stelling van ‘n klein skaalse vissery. Ons wil graag ons grootbekke beskerm al is hulle net ‘n naby bedreigde spesie!

Vanderkloof largies under threat

This petition is now closed.

End date: Jun 30, 2015

Signatures collected: 956

Signature goal: 1000

956 signatures
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SACRAA media release – please read and share

The official document can be downloaded here

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SACRAA has recently become involved as a stakeholder in the proposed experimental net fishery in Vanderkloof Dam, where both small- and largemouth yellowfish will be targeted. Having been alerted to this project at a fairly late stage, we have not been a part of the process from the start and were unaware of the public meeting that was held on 12 December last year. Nevertheless, we have requested the relevant project information from the service provider (Rhodes University’s Rural Fisheries Programme) and the implementing authority (Northern Cape Department of Agriculture) and will be making a written submission in the near future.

In light of this, SACRAA has taken steps to ensure that we are kept informed about all future proposed fishery programmes. We have sent letters of introduction to National DAFF and all Provincial Departments that are mandated to develop and manage rural freshwater fisheries (SACRAA is already a registered stakeholder with marine fisheries). We have received several positive responses from some of the Provinces but have yet to hear from others.

Despite these efforts we believe we cannot rely entirely on Government departments to let us know every time a new fishery project is considered. SACRAA would therefore like to issue a plea to all anglers to let us know if they hear anything about rural fisheries projects in their area. There is nothing quite like the fisherman’s grapevine and if there are any rumors around I am sure they will spread fast. This appeal is for freshwater and marine anglers alike, as rural fisheries programmes can target inland as well as coastal & estuary waters. SACRAA will investigate all leads passed on to us and if they prove to be fact we can register as a stakeholder on behalf of recreational angling from the very beginning.

Contact details for SACRAA are as follows: Dr. Aidan Wood (tagfish@telkomsa.net; 0828694939)

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