Geography and History
Vanderkloof is a holiday resort town in the Northern Cape province of South Africa. The town was named after the farm on which the Vanderkloof Dam is situated, The town of Vanderkloof was built to house the people building the dam. Today it is a flourishing holiday resort. It boasts the highest dam wall in the country (108m) and links the Northern Cape to the Free State.
The Vanderkloof Dam is situated approximately 130km down stream from Gariep Dam, and is fed by the Orange River, South Africa’s largest river.Vanderkloof Dam is the second largest dam in South Africa.
Damhuisie Information Centre - One of the original construction worker houses with exhibitions on the dam, nature conservation, ESKOM, Vanderkloof Holiday Resort and the town.
Eskom Hydroelectric Power Station - One of only two Hydro Power Stations in South Africa that generates electricity into the Eskom network. The station is situated within the dam wall and can be visited by appointment. Tel 053 664 0002.
Nature Conservation Museum - Tel 053 664 0170.
Rolfontein Nature Reserve - A 6 200ha reserve. Tel 053 664 0170.
Watersports at the Vanderkloof Dam resort include Waterskiing, boardsailing, boating, swimming and much more!
Accommodation in Vanderkloof include the Vanderkloof Dam resort, Guesthouses, Guest Lodges and B&B's.
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