Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, Gauteng
The Roodeplaat dam was constructed in 1956 and was initially called the 'Pienaars Rivier Dam'. The Dam supplied the surrounding landowners with irrigation and was later developed into a tourism destination.
Rich with abundant fish, bird and wildlife, the reserve which lies on the eastern shore of the dam is 795 ha in extent.
When visiting the Roodeplaat Nature Reserve visitors can expect to see a variety of wild life including Burchell's Zebra, Kudu, Waterbuck, Warthog, Impala, Blue-wildebeest, Common Duiker, Steenbok and Black-backed Jackals.
Over 170 species of birds have been recorded in the Roodeplaat Reserve, the most interesting of which include the Grey lourie, Woodland whoopoe, White-breasted cormorants, Crested barbet and Red bishop.
Accommodation in the Roodeplaat Reserve
Did you know?
Crested Barbets are usually found singly or in pairs. They hop around on the ground looking for food. They do not fly easily and then only for short distances.