This beautiful dam on the Umgeni River offers ample opportunities for water sports, cycling, walking, game viewing or angling. Alternatively, just kick back at one of the picnic sites where green hills frame the water and sky. This reserve forms part of the Midlands Meander tourist route and is easily accessible from the N3 highway near Pietermaritzburg.

Main attractions

  • Fishing in the dam
  • Game viewing


  • Sunset boat cruise
  • Picnicking
  • Boating
  • Water sports (windsurfs, canoes and yachts can be hired)
  • Fresh water fishing
  • Mountain biking

Top sightings:
Red hartebeest, black wildebeest, blesbok, oribi, reedbuck, zebra

Accommodation: Chalets, cabins, camping

Gate times: 05:00 – 19:00 daily for day visitors; accommodated guests staying in the reserve have 24 hour gate access.

Nearest centre: Pietermaritzburg is 24km away (about 15 minutes).

Contact reserve: +27 (0)33 330 2067/8/9

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

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