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Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve, Pretoria

roodeplaat dam nature reserveRich with abundant fish, bird and wildlife, the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve which lies on the eastern shore of the Roodeplaat dam is 795 ha in extent.

Located  about 22km north-east of Pretoria the Roodeplaat dam was originally called the 'Pienaars Rivier Dam' when it was constructed in 1956 to supply the surrounding land owners with water. It has developed into an important water source for the Pretoria area and after commisioning the Roodeplaat water treatment plant in 2006, the dam augments the supply of water to the northern areas of Tshwane through the Montana, Wonderboom and Magaliesberg reservoirs and is used as a direct water supply to the Doornpoort area.

The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF) delegated the management of the Roodeplaat dam area to the devision of Nature Conservatioon of the Transvaal Provincial Administration (TPA) in 1972. The Transvaal Provincial Administrations mandate was to develop the area as a nature reserve and out-door recreation facility for the city population. The reserve was proclaimed in 1977.

This Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve consists of two sections - one on the northern side of Roodeplaatdam and the other on the southern side of the dam. The northern section is open to a number of leisure activities such as fishing and canoeing and can be noisy over weekends. The southern section caters more for birders with two hides overlooking the water.

Roodeplaat dam is a well known destination for bird watching, game viewing and a range of water sports including fresh water angling. 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.

 


 

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