The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Bloemhofdam Natuur Reservaat

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

Photo © Johan van Zyl

North West

The Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve is located in the North West province of South Africa. The Bloemhof Dam separates this nature reserve from the Sandveld Nature Reserve which is on the Free State side of the dam.

The nature reserve is 12,000 hectares in extent. The land is mainly covered in thornveld and the reserve is accessible by all types of car except in the wetest periods.

The reserve is home to a wide variety of mammals including Springbok, Eland, Gemsbok and Black Wildebeest.

Birders will not be disappointed as over 250 species have been recorded in the reserve. The dam attracts huge concentrations of water birds at times. These include large flocks of Greater and Lesser Flamingos. In the thornveld areas look for White-backed Vulture, Cape Vulture, Kori Bustard, Red-crested Korhaan, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Pririt Batis and Sociable Weaver.

The dam itself is one of the most popular inland fishing venues in South Africa. There are a variety of accommodation option available.

Have you been there? What's it like?

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Mammals of Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Black Wildebeest

Black-backed Jackal


Burchell's Zebra

Cape Hare



Ground Squirrel

Red Hartebeest

Scrub Hare

South African Hedgehog



Striped Polecat

White Rhino

Yellow Mongoose

References and further reading

The Chamberlain Guide to Birding Gauteng - Author: Etienne Marais and Faansie Peacock - Published: 2008 - Page: 354

Southern African Birdfinder - Author: Cohen, Spottiswoode and Rossouw - Published: 2006 - Page: 206

On Route - Explore South Africa region by region - 3rd edition - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 2014 - Page: 376

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 347

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 214

Country Life - Issue 270 - Author: - Published: 2020 - Page: 68

Getaway - Vol 31 No 09 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 89

Go Birding in the Transvaal - Author: Brendan Ryan and John Isom - Published: 1990 - Page: 118

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 88

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 130

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 654 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 16

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 665 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 6

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 21


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