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.
Beauchef Farm House
14.4 km

From R3000* Unit

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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

La La Nathi Country Guest House
15.3 km

From R363 PPS

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 R425 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

Rheola's Guest Cottage - Self-Catering Harrismith
16.5 km

From R300 PPS

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Rheola's Cottage is situated in the quaint town of Harrismith (gateway to the Drakensberg mountains), Free State, South Africa in a quiet and peaceful suburban area and only 3 hours drive by car from ... More Info

Africlassic Guest House - Harrismith
16.6 km


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From R400 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 R300 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

Ibis Self Catering Units
16.6 km

From R275 PPS

Ibis Self-catering Units is 2 stylish self-catering units, ideal for a weekend away or an overnight stay for a businessman, traveller, tourist or a family of four. The units is ideally situated halfwa... More Info

Lali's Guesthouse
16.8 km

From R397 PPS

Lali's Guest House and Tea Garden, set in a quiet residential area in Harrismith, is a beautiful Victorian house. Built in the early 1940's, with original oregan pine floors and real grandma's charm, ... More Info

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Greensleeves Guesthouse
17 km

From R320 PPS

At Greensleeves you will enjoy our warm hospitality. A home away from home and a self catering unit. Breakfast is optional. Its a place to stay in clean spacious rooms, each with a private bathroo... More Info

Village Lodge Harrismith
17.3 km

From R200 PPS

En route to Durban, Village Lodge Harrismith is not only the perfect stop-over to recuperate and relax before taking on the journey to the seaside, but it is also the perfect destination for outdoor e... More Info

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Harrismith Reviews

Very disappointing

- Patricia Myburgh

Lovely quaint Free State Town
- Janet Retief

Typical small SA Town. It does have lots of activities nearby to keep anyone busy.
- Jenny Saunders

We know Harrismith, a clean town.
- Dorelle Venter

Harrismith is in need of some serious attention. The roads are terribly pot holed. We stayed the night as we ran the Harrismith Mountain Race and wanted to travel to Clarens and Fouriesburg the next day. Ordinarily we wouldn't stay in Harrismith.
- Gavin Hill

They should see to their street lights and street names.
It is difficult to find a place in the dark...

- Hanlie Fischer

Full of pot holes
- Almore Van Rensburg

Nice place, but very cold.
- Monique Temmerman

Harrismith is a busy town. Lots of travelers, big trucks etc. Mountain scenery is beautiful. The residential areas are well kept.
- Kees Van Lier

Pretty town
- Tony Kirby