Accommodation near Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve

The Sterkfontein Dam is a 7000 hectare body of water in a reserve which covers 19 000 hectares. It is located in Eastern Free State of South Africa, 25 kilometres from the town of Harrismith and 100 kilometres from the quaint little town of Clarens. It is also a reasonably easy 4 hour drive from Johannesburg.

The dam is renowned among engineers for being part of the Tugela-Vaal water transfer system, which provides water for large parts of Gauteng, and among holiday makers for being an exquisite, peaceful place to indulge your love of water sports.

The Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve offers plenty of hiking and birders will be satisfied too, but the most talked about activities at the dam are the wind surfing and the fly fishing. The dam holds a number of species but is particularly popular for those wishing to catch yellow fish. There are also Vaal smallmouths and big mouths as well as cat fish and mud fish. It's said the fishing is particularly good here because the water is so clear. As for windsurfers, when the wind gets pumping, there is seemingly no end to your trajectory, given the impressive size of the dam.

The reserve is special as it encompasses 3 vegetation types - karoo, savannah and afromontane - giving the park an extraordinary biodiversity. Between the kloofs (gorges) and open plains, you can see plant and animal species like yellowwood trees, springbok, black wildebeest, blesbok, mountain reedbuck and, if you're lucky, African wild cat.

The Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve is a great attraction to visit if you plan on spending any time in Harrismith, and there is even basic accommodation within the park if you really want to immerse yourself.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Where the River Runs
4.1 km

From R1500* unit

Where The River Runs... is a self-catering farm house situated just outside of Harrismith, en route to the magnificent Northern and Central Drakensberg. We cater specifically for groups between 4 and ... More Info

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Wild Horses
11.7 km

From R1500 pps

Located in the Eastern Free State's pristine Sterkfontein Nature Reserve at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment, Wild Horses Lodge is the perfect location for an African breakaway. With its pa... More Info

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Beauchef Farm House
14.4 km

From R300 pps

Beauchef Farm House is a spacious Self Catering Farm House situated within the Buffalo Hills Private Game Reserve, 30km from Harrismith and 15km from Sterkfontein Dam. With wonderful Game Drives, Cycl... More Info

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La La Nathi Country Guest House
15.3 km

From R1500* unit

La La Nathi Country Guesthouse is the ideal stopover choice situated on the N3 just outside the historic town of Harrismith, in the Eastern Free State Highlands. Set in magnificent country surro... More Info

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Sir Harry's Lodge
16.1 km

From R385 pps

Sir Harry's Lodge offers bed & breakfast as well as self-catering accommodation and is situated in the charming town of Harrismith. Sir Harry's Lodge is situated on the gateway to the Midlands Meande... More Info

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Purple Plum Guest House
16.5 km


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From R550 pps

Purple Plum Guest House is centrally situated and offers secure parking, barbeque area, two lounges and a veranda. The rooms are superbly appointed with all the luxury one would expect in a home of t... More Info

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Africlassic Guest House - Harrismith
16.6 km

From R350 pps

Africlassic Guest House - Harrismith is nestled at the foothills of Platberg mountain in the scenic Drakensberg Highlands area. Harrismith offers a serene environment with cool fresh mountain air ... More Info

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The Book House Cottage
16.6 km

From R270 pps

HARRISMITH is your natural halfway stop between Johannesburg/Pretoria and Durban. THE BOOK HOUSE COTTAGE offers you stylish and comfortable accommodation in central Harrismith, a village on the N3... More Info

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Ibis Self Catering Unit
16.6 km

From R250 pps

Ibis Self-catering Unit is a stylish self-catering unit, ideal for a weekend away or an overnight stay for a businessman, traveller, tourist or a family of four. The unit is ideally situated halfway b... More Info

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Her Majesty's Apology
16.6 km

From R290 pps

Her Majesty's Apology is a newly renovated wing of an old sandstone farmhouse, which is set in a beautiful garden, on a working farm. At the turn of the century, while Paul Bester, one of the origi... More Info

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Pretty town
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Very picturesque
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What a lovely town, very quiet. Great for retiring. Can't wait for another visit.
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