Hartbeespoort Dam Camping
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
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
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
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.
Things to do while camping at the Hartbeespoort Camping
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
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
Only people with prior bookings will be allowed to camp in the camping
No pets will be allowed into the camping area or any other part of the
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.