Hartbeespoort Dam Camping Site


Hartbeespoort Dam Camping Sites


Hartbeespoort Dam Camping

Tel: 082 2575 612 all hours
Email: charl.centralreservations@gmail.com

We have camping sites close to the water at Hartbeespoort Dam, perfect for fishing, boating and family getaways.  Our camping sites are spacious and comfortable, many in the shade. The Hartbeespoort Camping Site is perfect for week ends or extended holidays at the water where one can enjoy activities around the Hartebeespoort Dam and surrounding areas.


From the Hartebeespoort Camping Site, you can fish, cycle, follow hiking trails and do birdwatching, boat cruises or just simply relax in the peaceful camping site on the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam.

Harbeespoort Dam Camping Facilities

Hartebeespoort Dam Camping facilities include:

Grassy, clean Camping Sites
Camping sites close to the water
Electrified Camping Sites
Clean ablution facilities in the Camping Site
Play area for children
Boat Launching area close to the camping site
Boat Mooring area close to the camping site
6 people per camping site
1 caravan per camping site
Camping sites available only by prior booking
Only reserved guests may be in the camping area
Camping area strictly reserved for camping guests

Hartbeespoort Camping and fishing

Fishermans Cabins

Small fishermans cabins are available by prior booking and include 2 sleeper units, 4 sleeper units and 5 sleeper cabins. Contact us for more details.
Tel: 082 2575 612 all hours
Email: charl.centralreservations@gmail.com


Things to do while camping at the Hartbeespoort Camping Site

There is so much to do in the Hartbeespoort Dam area, the perfect place for fishing trips, family camping holidays, boating week ends, hiking trails, birdwatching or simply getting away from the city for some time out in our relaxing camping site close to the water.

Hartbeespoort Dam Fishing

The Hartbeespoort Dam Camping site is an excellent fishing destination where anglers target big Carp, Bass, Kurper and Barbel. Best  Carp baits include flour dough, miellies and worms. For barbel, chicken livers, crabs, worms, small fish and fish heads. Kurper baits include worms and spinners.

Rules of the Harbeespoort Camping Site

Camping in by prior reservation only, no casual arrivals at the camping site will be allowed to camp.
All payments of camping bookings must be done before arrival at the camping site
No load noise, load music or revving of car or boat motors allowed in the camping site.
No trespassers allowed in the camping site, including "extra guests" who have not pated before arrival.
All facilities at the camping site are used at your own risk.
No weapons are allowed in the camping site.
No littering will be tolerated in the camping site or in the Hartbeespoort Dam.
Only people with prior bookings will be allowed to camp in the camping site.
No pets will be allowed into the camping area or any other part of the resort
Camping arrivals only from 10h00 to 17h00. Departure time on your last camping day is at 10h00.
Only 6 people allowed per camping site
1 caravan allowed per camping site.

The Hartbeespoort Dam - History & Interesting facts

Hartbeespoort Dam Wall

The Hartbeespoort Dam collects water from the catchments of the Magalies River, 10% of the water supply, and the Crocodile River, supplying the bulk of the water, 90%.. The total catchment area is more than 40 000 square kilometers. There are also 9 smaller rivers which also form part of the catchment of the Hartbeespoort Dam, including the Jukskei River, the Hennops River, the Bloubank River and the Skeurpoort River.

Panning of the Hartbeespoort Dam

The planning of the construction of the Hartbeespoort Dam began  110 years ago when the government at the time ordered the investigation of the feasibility of constructing a dam in the Hartbees Gorge, fed by water from the Magalies River and the Crocodile River. Geologists drilled rock core samples from throughout the Hartbees Poort / gorge to determine whether the construction  of such a large dam wall was possible here.

The water catchment area of the future Hartbeespoort Dam was calculated and the feasibility of agriculture with irrigation systems was determined.  All the reports were positive and the government gave to go ahead to start construction of the Hartbeespoort Dam in 1914. In August 1916, the construction of the Hartbeespoort Dam began, with many problems lying ahead for engineers and construction crews.

Hartbeespoort Dam gorge

The Construction of the Hartbeespoort Dam

The construction of the Hartbeespoort Dam was constantly delayed by 3 floods, one caused by the failure of a dam wall further upstream. Huge amounts of construction material were lost and never recovered during these flood events and the costs began to pile up. Then World War One began and the work stopped again. Shortly afterwards the construction company went bankrupt due to the delays and losses and the project was taken over by another company.

The Hartbeespoort Dam was eventually completed in 1923, and in September of the same year, the road across the dam wall was opened to vehicles. The dam filled up to 100% capacity 2 years later in 1925. The wall of the Hartebeespoort Dam is 145.5m long and 59m high. The maximum depth is 45.1m and the total surface area is 20 square kilometers.

Hartbeespoort Dam Wall

Agricultural benefits of the Hartbeespoort Dam

A canal system with a total length of 532km were build to supply the surrounding arable land where fruit, wheat, feed lucern, tobacco and cut flowers were farmed. The canal systems transports 110 000 - 150 000 cubic meters of water per year the surrounding farms.

Water Quatily

Since the mid 1980's, there have been problems with water quality in the Hartbeespoort Dam. The main problems include the inflow of too much nutrient rich water and an imbalace of the dam's own ecosystem, a made made ecosystem with many alien species of plants and fish, including Water Hyacinth, Carp, Barbel and Largemouth Bass.

The high nutrient levels of the water combines with the ecological immbalance causes high concentrations of algae, especially Blue-green Cyanobacteria. Litter loads were also increasing due to the increasing population in the catchment areas.  Cyanobacteria release a substance called microcystin, which can be detrimental to ones heath if ingested. The bacteria also release unpleasant odours which. This is not conducive to the recreational users of the dam as well as nearby residents who can sometimes smell the water.

Solution

In 2007, a water remediation programme was begun by the Department of Water & Sanitation to improve the water quality of the Hartbeespoort Dam. Measures to improve water quality include the removal of litter, the management of waste in the catchment areas and the capture of unwanted fish species.

Tel: 082 2575 612 all hours
Email: charl.centralreservations@gmail.com

 
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