The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Roodeplaatdam-natuurreservaat

Picnic sites Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve

Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve picnic site

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Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve is located about 25 km from Pretoria. The dam was constructed in 1956 and was originally named Pienaar's River Dam.

The dam is used to help supply Pretoria with water but it is also a popular spot for boating and angling.

The nature reserve is located on the eastern shores of the dam. It has a simple network of roads including a loop road and a road linking the entrance gate with the picnic spots at the waters edge. Visitors may also walk along well-signposted trails.

The reserve is popular with birders as it features a variety of habitats. Amongst the mammals that you may encounter are Burchell's Zebra, Kudu, Waterbuck, Warthog, Impala and Vervet Monkey.

There is a large picnic area located on the shore of the dam.

Please note that the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve doesn't allow boating and angling. There are other access points on the opposite side of the dam for these activities.

Have you been to the Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve? Would you recommend it?

Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve road

Above - A well-maintained road leads through the reserve

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Vervet Monkey

Above - A Vervet Monkey yawns in the reserve

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Mammals of Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.


Antbear / Aardvark

Black-backed Jackal

Blue Wildebeest

Burchell's Zebra

Cape Porcupine


Common Duiker



Large-spotted Genet

Rock Hyrax

Scrub Hare


South African Hedgehog



Striped Polecat

Water Mongoose


Wild Cat

Yellow Mongoose

References and further reading

The Chamberlain Guide to Birding Gauteng - Author: Etienne Marais and Faansie Peacock - Published: 2008 - Page: 95

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 84

Go Birding in the Transvaal - Author: Brendan Ryan and John Isom - Published: 1990 - Page: 112

Family Fun - Author: Lisa McNamara - Published: 2015 - Page: 146

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 61

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 112


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