Rolfontein Nature Reserve to open very soon!

Great news! Rolfontein Nature Reserve will be opening to the public very soon! (Few weeks at most). Plan your trips so long, we will keep you posted on exact details as soon as we have them!!

Read about the new facilities and accommodation options @ Rolfontein Nature Reserve here

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Go where few people have gone before!

Many people hear the Vanderkloof Dam is the longest dam in South Africa. But how many have actually experienced its full length?

Do you have a reliable boat? Are you looking for something new to do with your boat? What is the furthest ‘trip’ you have taken on in your boat?

We introduce to you the longest possible inland boat trip on a single dam in South Africa. Most parts of Vanderkloof Dam can not be reached by car. Most boat owners only go as far as Grootwater (about 14km from Vanderkloof by boat). Past Grootwater you need good navigation skills. There is no cellphone reception, no towns, no other boats, no people. Just you and your boat. We will drive with you in our own boats to show you the way, to show you a few sights along the way (cave, “watervalle”, some amazing canyons and cliffs). You bring your own boat and all your own goodies that you will need on your trip. Depending on how long you want to go for you may need your own camp gear as well.

What you will see on the trip:

  • a cave, small, but a cave is a cave is a cave, right? :)
  • about 75km of Vanderkloof Dam, an area that very few people have gone to!
  • we will visit Watervalle. It only runs after good rains but the last few kilometers to it and the area where it is has amazing scenery.
  • near Watervalle is a lapa where we can have a braai or something before returning back to Vanderkloof.
  • depending on your group and the weather one can consider camping somewhere next to the dam.

What you wont get is a professional tour guide. We are just locals with boats who have done the trip a few times and realise many boaters are not able to go with more than one boat. For us to join you on this trip you simply have to cover our costs. We have normal boats and wont charge you more than it costs us. (the total trip will be about 150km on the water, so make sure you know how far you can go with a loaded boat on a tank before attempting anything!) Do not attempt this trip with only 1 boat! 

Whether you are Captain Jack Sparrow or Piet-wat-‘n-boot-gekoop-het, seeing Vanderkloof Dam up to where it becomes Orange River is a trip everybody who visits Vanderkloof simply has to experience. So make a plan, get to Vanderkloof and arrange something.

Important: It is illegal (and silly) to go past Grootwater with only 1 boat, no matter how reliable or expensive your boat is. If you have a problem anywhere on the dam you are totally on your own. Nobody will come look for you for days, if ever. There is no cellphone towers and virtually nobody lives within kilometers of the Dam other than at Vanderkloof town. Please be responsible boaters :)

For a recap of a previous trip read this article.

Contact Albert on 082 776 1985 or and we will try arrange for something when you visit Vanderkloof.

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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

Categories: Accommodation, Rolfontein | Leave a comment Interview: Roche’ Schoeman riverboarding the Orange River from source to sea for Up With Downs charity

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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