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Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Spioenkop Dam en Natuurreservaat

Entrance to Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert


The Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve is situated between Winterton and Bergville and is only 35 km from Ladysmith.

On 24th January 1900 the battle of Spioenkop took place in the area. Although the site is situated outside of the reserve it is still visible. To reach it one needs to travel out the reserve and follow the signposts.

In recent times the water levels are low but the dam is used for boating and fishing.

The dam is surrounded by a nature reserve with access by car. A number of mammals may be seen including Kudu, Red Hartebeest, Impala, Warthog and Blesbok. The area is also popular with birders.

Accommodation in the reserve consists of 30 camping or caravanning sites as well as the Iphika Tented Camp. The reserve is administered by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

Herd of Blesbok in Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert


References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 235

Where to see Birds in KwaZulu-Natal - Author: Bennett and Herbert - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 65

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