The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Engelhard Dam, Kruger National Park

Afrikaans name: Engelharddam

Engelhard Dam wall

Engelhard Dam in Kruger National Park

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Engelhard Dam, in Kruger National Park, is named after an American businessman named Charles Engelhard who donated the funds for its construction.

The dam is located on the Letaba River and the dam wall is a few kilometres downstream from Letaba Camp.

From Letaba the S46 gravel road follows the river and dam and there are many loop roads leading towards the dam for better views. On the north side of the dam the S62 gravel road offers great views as well.

The dam attracts numerous mammals and birds. One can often see Elephant, Buffalo, Waterbuck, Zebra and Impala in the area. The dam is home to Hippos and Crocodiles.

Birding in the area around Engelhard Dam can be quite productive. One should explore all the loop roads on the northern and southern sides of the dam. Obviously waterbirds are the main attraction. Look for Black Heron, African Spoonbill, Little Egret, and African Openbill. You have a good chance of seeing Goliath, Grey and Squacco Herons. The surrounding bush is good for a variety of Bee-eaters, Cuckoos, waxbills and more. There is a good chance of seeing African Fish-Eagle.

View towards the dam wall

View with the dam wall in the distance

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Historical Sites of the Kruger National Park - Author: Ron Hopkins - Published: 2014 - Page: 64


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