Accommodation near Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve

Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve is situated in the heart of Mpumalanga's grass and wetland's region. It has a rich biodiversity, being home to numerous species of fish, plants and birdlife.

The dam, which is the central attraction of the reserve, hosts the Morala Festival, an annual fishing event earmarked on the social calendar of the local community. Visitors can take part in a myriad of water-based activities, including fishing, water skiing and boating. Those wishing to relax can enjoy a picnic around the water's edge.

Adventurists looking to explore the area can embark on a mountain bike trail  - a route that snakes around the plateau of the dam and into the surrounding reserve.

While a lengthy cycle, approximately 43kms in distance, it is a pleasant and relatively unchallenging bit of exercise.

Twitchers can bask in the bird-haven that is the Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve, where 200 recorded species can be found throughout the park. Keep your eyes peeled for some rare, protected varietals that are endemic to the area such as Rudd's lark. Visitors who are looking to spot a bird of prey can visit the 'vulture restaurant'. At the right time of day, you'll see the Cape griffin and the white backed vultures feeding.

The area is also home to numerous game, including zebra, wildebeest, eland, gemsbok and a variety of antelope who graze in the grassland and wooded terrain. If you're lucky, you may be able to spot the elusive leopard skulking around the area.

While numerous activities and hikes can be enjoyed, the reserve boasts beautiful scenery along the Komati gorge, a sweep of cliffs through which a river flows between the neighbouring areas of Carolina and Machadodorp.

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Doornkop Fish and Wildlife House 29
18.1 km

From R1350* unit

House 29 is a fully self-catering house located in the Doornkop Fish and Wildlife Reserve. The property is very secure and relaxing with the majestic natural beauty of dams, rivers and mountains surro... More Info

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Doornkop Fish & Wildlife Reserve
18.6 km

From R880* unit

Situated in the Komati Valley, Doornkop is malaria free and set in a private reserve of rolling hills and grassland savannahs. The Komati River and Swartwaterspruit wind their way through the reserve ... More Info

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Four Flies Nature Farm
23.7 km

From R2510* unit

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In the mountainous escarpment at the edge of the beautiful Mpumalanga high veld, hidden in the heart of the mist belt, lies the peaceful guest farm 4Flies. Situated between Machadodorp and Carolina, a... More Info

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Komati Gorge Lodge
24 km

From R1700* unit

On the banks of the Komati River, at the base of a miniature Grand Canyon, this small village of thatched dwellings provides affordable luxury in a most dramatic setting. Awarded four star grading by... More Info

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Owl & Trout
31.2 km

From R275 pps

Owl & Trout is situated in Belfast, Mpumalanga, in the heart of one of South Africa's trout fishing areas. It is an ideal stopover on your way to or from the Kruger Park, Nelspruit and Maputo. 2 hour... More Info

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Anford Country House & Restaurant
31.6 km


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From R475 pps

Anford Country house is situated on Anford Estate in Mpumalanga between Belfast and Machadodorp on the escarpment. The original house was built in 1872 and was recently refurbished and turned into a C... More Info

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Rooihoogte Guest Farm
31.8 km

From R180 pps

Rooihoogte Guest Farm is situated only 25 km from Aventura Badplaas. Experience spectacular views and tranquility coupled with great accommodation. Our guest cottage consists of 2 very spacious, com... More Info

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Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate
32.6 km

From R1215 pps

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Lakeside Suites Kloppenheim Country Estate has 14 beautifully decorated, luxury twin bedded lakeside suites. Each suite has an individual view of the trout dam, heated towel rack, DSTV, real eiderd... More Info

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Candlewood Hiking Camp
35.1 km


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From R400 pps

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Five Assegais Country Estate is a hiker's paradise. There are a number of 1 and 2 day hiking trails that take you into the hidden beauty of the Highveld Escarpment. Explore red cliff gorges, dense ind... More Info

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Kloppenheim Self-Catering
36.8 km

From R1750* unit

Kloppenheim Timeshare chalets are the ideal country retreat for business and leisure in the heart of the Highlands Meander, near Machadodorp and Dullstroom and just 2 hours from OR Tambo International... More Info

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