This, the second biggest dam with the highest dam wall in South Africa, is also a holiday resort. When the dam is full, it stretches a 100km long and is perfect for most watersports including sailing, skiing, and windsurfing. Angling is allowed at certain designated spots at the dam, which is brimming with catfish, carp and small-mouth and large-mouth yellow fish. Permits can be obtained from the Rolfontein Nature Reserve Office. Tel: 053 664 0170
The 6 200ha Rolfontein Nature Reserve si located on thee northwestern shore of the dam and is home to eland, gemsbok, red hartebeest, Burchell’s zebra, white rhinoceros, kudu, springbok, grey duiker, bat-eared fox, baboon, vervet monkey, aardvark and aardwolf.
Dam tours can be undertaken, giving you insight into the history and workings of the dam and the hydroelectric power station (one of only two in the country) that is built within the dam wall can also be visited by appointment.
The Vanderkloof Dam resort holds a number of annual events, including the Water Festival, Biker Rally, and the SASRU Intervarsity Regatta.