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Destination: Sterkfontein Dam

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Sterkfontein Dam is a 7000ha delight of watery wonder situated near Harrismith in the Free State. It houses the biggest hydro-electric power plant in South 

Africa. The dam itself is located within an 18 000ha nature reserve which offers many different varieties of beautiful flora and fauna as well as compelling 

landscapes and a number of outdoor activities such as fly fishing, birding and boating to suit the whole family. Sterkfontein Dam forms part of the Tugela 

Vaal water transfer scheme, which is a pumped water-storage scheme involving the net transfer of up to 630 million m³ of water. The dam lies a few kilometres from the edge of the Drakensberg Escarpment in the upper reaches of the Vaal Dam catchment area. The grassed mountain 

slopes, lushly vegetated kloofs and steep gorges typify this area and create the most scenic backdrop for those seeking to get back to nature.


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