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Willem Pretorius Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Willem Pretorius Natuur Reservaat

View of the reserve

Willem Pretorius Nature Reserve

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Free State

The Willem Pretorius Nature Reserve is a 12,000 hectare reserve in the Free State. It is located on the shores of the Allemanskraal Dam, just north of the town of Senekal.

Various accommodation options are available just outside the reserve. There are a number of huts, chalets and camp sites overlooking the dam.

Birding in the reserve and around the dam and camp areas can be quite rewarding. The area has a checklist of around 220 species.

The Willem Pretorius Nature Reserve itself is well stocked with animals including White Rhino, Cape Buffalo, Red Hartebeest, Gemsbok, Giraffe and Mountain Reedbuck. There is an extensive road network in the reserve.

Driving around the reserve one will see the remains of settlements in some areas. These date back to the Sotho people many hundreds of years ago. A visit to Bekkersberg Iron Age Settlement is worthwhile.

Hilly area

Generally the reserve is flat but their are hilly sections

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Bekkersberg Iron Age Settlement

Bekkersberg Iron Age Settlement

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Reserve entrance

Entrance to the reserve

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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References

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 173

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 330

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 261

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 297

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 114

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 107

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Year Published: 1992 - Page: 235

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