Sandveld Nature Reserve
Sandveld Nature Reserve
The 37,000 hectare Sandveld Nature Reserve is a spectacular reserve located on the Free State shoreline of the Bloemhof Dam, around 200km from Bloemfontein. The reserve is one of the top birding spots in South Africa, with over 295 birds having been recorded here, along with a number of wildlife, including rare sable and roan antelope. If you’re after a unique wildlife experience without all the crowds, this little known gem is the one for you!
The complete area around Bloemhof Dam has been proclaimed a Nature Reserve. Since it is on the border between two provinces, two separate nature reserves where established, with Sandveld Nature Reserve on the Free State side, and Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve on the North West side. Activities in the Sandveld Nature Reserve include birding, game viewing, fishing, and boating.
The reserve is named after its sandy sandveld area, although it boasts a plethora of other habitats, including Kalahari thornveld, Karoo scrub, sweet-thorn savannah, open water, and the dam shoreline, which results in a great variety of thriving species:
Among the many 295 species that occur here, you should look for crimson-breasted shrikes, Fish eagle, martial eagle, white-backed vultures, sociable weavers, waxbills, lapwings, gabar goshawks, cuckoos, larks and other species of shrikes. The dam also offers numerous water bird species, including the South African shelduck, white-faced duck, Cape teal, Southern pochard, grey heron, and goliath heron. Other birds that have been recorded are the rare Pygmy Falcon and the Great Crested Grebe.
The reserve also has abundant game animals, including giraffe, buffalo, eland, gemsbok, kudu, blue wildebeest, springbok, rhino, and rare sable and roan antelope. Fish include barbell yellowfish.
With a capacity of over 1.2 billion cubic metres, it’s no surprise the 25,000-hectare Bloemhof dam is one of the best freshwater fishing dams in South Africa.
It is a favourite during the summertime for all types of water sports, including angling, fishing, water skiing, boardsailing, and paragliding. The F1 powerboat racing has been held here over the years.
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Cabassa Safaris Lodge
Cabassa safaris lodge situated 14km from the main gate of Sandveld Nature Reserve.
All rooms have big, comfortable beds and plenty clean l linen and blankets. A daily laundry service is offered at no extra charge.
Hunting is a strenuous activity. At Cabassa Safaris we make sure that you can relax in style after a long day in the bush.
Sandveld Nature Reserve - Hunting
A game reserve (also known as a wildlife preserve or a game park) is a large area of land where wild animals live safely or are hunted in a controlled way for sport. … Indigenous wildlife in its natural habitat help in providing an environment where growth in numbers at a natural rate can occur.
Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth. Their legs alone are taller than many humans – about 6 feet. They can run as fast as 35 miles an hour over short distances, or cruise at 10 mph over longer distances. A giraffe’s neck is too short to reach the ground.
Success and survival in the African bush are all about team work and experience.
A mature Sable bull is without a doubt the most impressive trophy in any African collection
South Africa offers the greatest diversity of species available for hunting – more than in any other country in Africa, with over 70 species available for trophy hunting.