As the third largest dam in KwaZulu-Natal, Chelmsford (or Ntshingwayo) is perfect for water sports like water skiing and angling. It’s also a protected area with great game viewing opportunities.

Main attractions

  • Fishing for scalies and carp in Ntshingwayo Dam
  • The largest population of the rare oribi antelope in South Africa
  • Camping on the banks of the dam

Because there are no dangerous large animals, Chelmsford can be explored along serene hiking trails. We sat looking over the dam at the stars while braaing with a relaxing drink.

– Mark and Christal Dumbleton, Wild 32


  • Water skiing
  • Jet skiing
  • Canoeing
  • Boating
  • Angling
  • Game viewing
  • Walking trails
  • Hunting (in season)

Top sightings: Oribi, blesbok, springbok, red hartebeest

Accommodation: Camping, chalets, mountain huts, hunting lodge

Gate times: October – March 05:00 – 19:00, April – September 06:00 – 18:00

Nearest centre: Newcastle is 28km away (about 20 minutes).

Contact reserve: +27 (0)34 351 1753/4/5

Ezemvelo Central Reservations: +27 (0)33 845 1000, [email protected]

Visit Chelmsford Nature Reserve’s home page.