Sterkfontein Dam. If you’re driving from Clarens to Durban it really is worthwhile taking the R74 past Sterkfontein Dam and over the Oliviershoek pass. The road makes for easy driving, the views are magnificent and you may even see flamingoes on the dam shoreline. If you have the chance drive into the Nature Reserve down to the shore line. The yellowfish are spawning and there’s a good chance that you will see them thrashing about in the water.

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Started in 1969 and completed 11 years later in 1980, the Sterkfontein Dam started life as a strategic water reserve and Drakensberg Pumped Storage Scheme generating electricity.

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It’s deep compared to its surface to avoid evaporation, reaching down to 80m in places, has no spillway, and is the third largest dam in South Africa

Author: Clarens Guide