Gubu Dam

Lakes / Dams in or near Stutterheim, Amatola in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Eastern Cape Tourist AttractionsGubu Dam

Where? Gubu Dam, Stutterheim, Eastern Cape

Overnight? Accommodation in Stutterheim, in Eastern Cape

Gubu Dam is renowned for its beauty and its flyfishing. In fact, itís considered one of the best trout fishing dams in the Eastern Cape. But donít let on, as itís also one of the areaís better kept secrets, and the campsite is still relatively unknown - so much so, that if you head there during the week, youíll need to let them know to turn the hot water on.

Gubu dam lies in an utterly romantic setting, towered over by both Mount Kubusie and Mount Thomas, between the towns of Keiskamma Hoek and Stutterheim, an hourís drive from East London.

To reach it, one drives through hooded forest, surrounded by towering green trees, and often, early morning mist. The dam is flanked by the Kubusi Indigenous State Forest north of it, and Driebos State Forest on its south eastern edge. Further north west of Kubusi is the Kologha Forest Reserve (also sometimes spelt Xhologha).

The drive connecting the dam with the Kologha Forest is incredible. If you have the time, drive it, particularly as there are three walks through Kologha indigenous forest, the second largest natural forest in the country after the one in Knysna.

The dam is well endowed with rainbow and brown trout and has its own angling club, the Stutterheim Trout Fishing Club, which you can contact for a fishing permit. The dam permits only sail boats, which you can hire from a local boat provider, and no power boats sully the beauty with noise or pollution.

Gubu has its own campsite, on the north east of the dam, and picnic areas with braais and public ablutions set in amongst trees. On the edge of the indigenous forest is an adventure company offering forest walks, mountain bike trail (up to Mount Thomas and through indigenous forest for 25 km), kayaking, and guided forest walks in the area.

The campsite does not have formal Ďsitesí, nor do you need to book ahead, allowing visitors to set up more or less as they like. You will need your own firewood and braai grid.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Stutterheim

The Courtyard B&B and Self-Catering

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The Courtyard B&B and Self-Catering

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The Manderson Hotel

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The Manderson Hotel

A warm welcome awaits you at The Manderson, three star Hotel and Conference Centre, situated at the base of the forested ... more

Sandile's Rest

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Sandile's Rest

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