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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.

Accommodation in Bloemhof

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.

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

Blesbok

Burchell's Zebra

Cape Hare

Eland

Gemsbok

Ground Squirrel

Red Hartebeest

Scrub Hare

South African Hedgehog

Springbok

Springhare

Striped Polecat

White Rhino

Yellow Mongoose


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References and further reading

Birding in Transvaal - Author: - Year Published: - Page: 118

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

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 7

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

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

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

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: 88

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