The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Albert Falls Dam

Afrikaans name: Albert Falls-dam

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.

Pietermaritzburg accommodation

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Pietermaritzburg has plenty of accommodation options available

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

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Fan-tailed Widow

Fan-tailed Widow

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References and further reading

Wild Issue 13 - Author: - Published: 2010 - Page: 58

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

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

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

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

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

Southern African Birdfinder - Author: Cohen, Spottiswoode and Rossouw - Published: 2006 - Page: 126

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

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

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 135

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

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

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

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

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

Country Life - Issue 268 - Author: - Published: 2018 - Page: 85


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