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Albert Falls Dam

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Albert Falls Dam offers many recreational pursuits

Albert Falls Dam is a great place for picnics and water sports

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About 20 km north of Pietermaritzburg, on the road to Greytown, lies Albert Falls Dam and Game Reserve.

This large dam is located on the Mgeni River. When full it has a surface area of over 23 square kilometres. The dam wall is 33 metres high.

The Game Reserve and picnic areas are popular with residents of Pietermaritzburg and Durban. There is a variety of accommodation available for overnight visitors but day visitors are also welcome.

Albert Falls Dam is a popular angling venue with bass being the main attraction. The dam and surrounding thornveld offer good birding and the reserve has a substantial bird checklist. Various mammals may be seen as well including Burchell's Zebra, Blesbok, Nyala and Warthog. Water-skiing is also popular on the dam.

The resort is administered by Msinsi Resorts & Game Reserves.

Yellow-billed Kites at Albert Falls Dam

Yellow-billed Kites

Photo © Steven Herbert

Fan-tailed Widow

Fan-tailed Widow

Photo © Steven Herbert


References and further reading

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Year Published: 2006 - Page: 76

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 660 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 47

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 101

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 181

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 128

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: 135

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 231

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 117

Where to see Birds in KwaZulu-Natal - Author: Bennett and Herbert - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 27

Where to see Birds in Natal - Author: Gordon Bennett - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 16

Where to Watch Birds in Southern Africa - Author: A. Berruti and J.C. Sinclair - Year Published: 1983 - Page: 158

Wild Issue 21 - Author: - Year Published: 2012 - Page: 8

Wild Issue 30 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 12

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