Loskop Dam Nature Reserve is a hidden gem located just 2 hours drive from Pretoria in the Cultural Heartland of South Africa’s Mpumalanga Province. The 27km long dam, which is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, is the centerpiece of the reserve which spans over 23,000 hectares of picturesque bushveld. Visitors can enjoy a variety of activities such as game viewing by boat, hiking, fishing, and watersports.
The reserve is home to an abundance of vibrant birdlife and exciting wildlife, including 3 of the Big Five: buffalo, white rhino, and leopard. Over 70 species of mammals can be found on the reserve, making it a protected area. Other fascinating wildlife such as hippo, warthog, giraffe, and various species of buck also call the reserve home.
The reserve is situated in a malaria-free environment with a lovely subtropical climate and summer rainfalls, making it the perfect destination for visitors all year round. Fishing is a major attraction in the reserve, and every year more than 1500 anglers flock to the dam to take part in the Light Tackle Boat fishing competition. The most desirable species found in the dam include carp, blue and red breasted bream, yellow fish, sharptooth catfish, eels, mudfish, and many more.
In addition to fishing, visitors can also enjoy other activities such as horse riding and paintball. The reserve is also just minutes away from bustling little villages and farming communities, making it an ideal holiday destination for those looking for tranquility and beauty.
The Oven at Ribbokkloof Lodge
While visiting the reserve, be sure to stop by The Oven at Ribbokkloof Lodge to indulge in some delicious homemade treats. The Oven offers a variety of delectable home baked goods, including some of South Africa’s favourite tasty treats such as Koeksisters, Milk Tarts and homemade rusks. The fruit cake is also a must-try, it matures over time and seems to last forever. There is a selection of home cooked jams made from freshly picked fruit from the orchids, choose from peach, apricot or fig. The variety of biscuits available is also impressive, try the coffee, custard, sugar, lemon, oat, ginger and the Jan Ellis, you won’t be disappointed.
For those looking for an exciting and adventure-filled experience, be sure to check out the 4×4 trails at Ribbokkloof Lodge. The trails offer a thrilling and varied experience for both novice and experienced drivers. Visitors can choose to enjoy a guided 4×4 experience or drive themselves, depending on their preference. The track is nice and varied, with fun and challenging obstacles along the way, such as the 3km river bed course. One of the highlights of the 4×4 trails is the stunning route through the Highveld vegetation, which is about 27 kilometers long and offers beautiful views. Along the way, visitors may also be able to spot some small animals such as warthogs and reedbucks, which are common in the area.
The Loskop Dam Nature Reserve is an ideal holiday destination and within minutes of bustling little villages and farming communities. For the ideal getaway destination in tranquillity and beauty, take some time to explore the Loskop Dam Nature Reserve. With a wide range of activities, delicious treats and stunning views, there is something for everyone at Loskop Dam Nature Reserve.