Rolfontein Natuurreservaat – Wat om te verwag

Nou dat Rolfontein Natuurreservaat weer oop is vir die publiek wonder baie mense wat kan hulle nou verwag na al die sogenaamde opgraderings. Lees gerus verder vir ‘n vinnige “review”…

Die tarief van R30 per persoon is heel billik en die ingaan proses redelik profesioneel en vinnig. Die paaie is in goeie kondisie en enige normale voertuig wat tot in Vanderkloof kon ry sal die reservaat se grondpaaie kan aanvat. Daar is blykbaar ‘n hele paar renosters maar aangesien jy nie die hele reservaat kan dek as lid van die publiek nie is jou kanse om hulle self te sien nie gewaarborg nie. Daar is egter verskeie ander diere te sien en ‘n paar interesante plante. Huidiglik is die hele Karoo maar droog so tensy jy verwag hulle het die hele reservaat onder ‘n groot spilpunt gebou sal dit jou nie verbaas dat die reservaat ook maar nog droog is na die winter nie.

Hier en daar is piekniek plekke. Sommiges kan jy braai by en het lekker tafeltjies en grasdakke om onder te kuier saam jou vriende. Daar is ook ‘n baie netjiese uitkyk punt wat oor ‘n groot deel van Grootwater uitkyk. Dit is soortvan ‘n dubbelverdieping uitkykpunt waar jy bo op ‘n hout dek kan uitkyk of onder die houtdek in baie lekker koelte op sement trappe kan sit en net die wereld in kyk. Defnitief ‘n moet vir enige besoeker aan Vanderkloofdam. Daar is ook ablusie blokke by die uitkykpunte. Hulle was almal gesluit so hoe jy toegang tot hulle kan kry is ons nie helemal seker gewees nie, aangesien daar heelwat karre in die reservaat was en dit nogsteeds toe was.

Daar is nog ontwikkeling besig vir die karavaan park, chalets en kamp plek in die reservaat. Die pad soontoe is baie sleg maar ons het dit tog met ‘n normale voertuig gery. Hopelik word hierdie pad ook nog verbeter aangesien dit na ‘n ongelooflike mooi deel van die dam lei.

Oor so paar weke sal ons weer laat weet hoe die reservaat is. Hy is tans net oop vir dagbesoekers.

Om op te som, dis dalk nou nie die mees indrukwekkendste natuurreservaat wat jy ooit sal besoek nie, maar daar is fantastiese plekke om die dam te sien en dis defnitief iets wat mens nou en dan met familie of vriende kan doen. Pak bietjie ‘n piekniek mandjie en gaan spandeer ‘n paar ure in Rolfontein Natuurreservaat

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Rolfontein Nature Reserve open to the public

As previously promised, after years of renovations and delays Rolfontein Nature Reserve is finally open to the public again.

Currently the nature reserve is open only for game drives but within a week or two the rest of the facilities (picnic spots, accommodation, etc) will also be open in full force. Costs to enter is R30 per person over the age of 6 years. Persons under 6 enter free.

With the perfect weather in Vanderkloof at the moment why not make a trip to Rolfontein Nature Reserve today. They can be contacted on 053 664 0900 during office hours for more information.

Rolfontein Nature Reserve - Renovations

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Die Sandgat

Die Sandgat

As jy na ‘n baie skoon en netjiese kampplek soek naby Vanderkloofdam, oorweeg gerus Die Sandgat.

Die Sandgat is gelee net so paar kilometer na die damwal af teen die Oranjerivier en bied kamp geriewe vir karavane en tente.

Tariewe is R120 per nag vir karavaan of tent plus R10 per persoon. Dagbesoekers betaal ook slegs R10 per dag.

Daar is ‘n ablusieblok met 2 toilette en 2 storte en baie lekker braai geriewe!

Vir besprekings of navrae kontak gerus vir Liza by 084 200 1164 of email liberwalt@telkomsa.net

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Nature walk in Rolfontein Nature Reserve

On Saturday 2014-10-04 at 07:30 Vanderkloof sector policing will be hosting a nature walk in aid of Bible distribution. Will be taking place ……. in ROLFONTEIN. Entery fee is a donation.

Enquiries: F Stottelaar. 0828096359

Do not miss out on the opportunity to do something good!

Rolfontein Nature Reserve - Renovations

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Some amazing photos taken on Vanderkloof Dam

Below is some random amazing photos that we took on Vanderkloof Dam in September 2014.

Feel free to send your photos to info@vanderkloofdam.co.za and share your special moments with us!!

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Bass onlangs in Vanderkloof gevang

Kyk bietjie hierdie Bass wat gevang is onlangs in Vanderkloofdam deur Francois Classen.

Hierdie naweek is weer perfekte weer vir enige iets wat jy dalk by die dam wil doen! Boek jouself gerus in by een van Vanderkloof se akkommodasie opsies en kom kyk wat kan jy vang!

September 2014

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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 info@vanderkloofdam.co.za 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 vanessas@nemai.co.za 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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