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Hidden Gem of the Month: Kwaggaskloof Dam

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Kwaggaskloof Dam, sometimes spelt Quaggaskloof, is situated in a stunning valley nestled between beautiful mountain ranges, lush greenery and the magnificent Breede River. Only 150 km from Cape Town and 15 km from Worcester, the dam is easily accessible and you won’t mind the drive as it will have you gaping at spectacular views all the way. Apart from the dam and all that it comes with, the valley has so much to offer. Hiking, river rafting, wine and olive tasting, bird watching, mountain biking; the list is quite long. But if your destination is the dam itself, you can look forward to some of the best skiing, fishing, jetskiing, and general boating conditions in the country.

Skiers from all over the country flock to Kwaggaskloof annually for its vast and glassy surface. The Quaggaskloof Waterski Club is a members-only club but day visitors and campers are welcome. The day visitors’ area and the campsites around the dam are beautifully verdant and equipped with all the necessary facilities including electricity, five showers, eight toilets and a full bathroom. There is also a tuck shop near the campsite which carries all necessary grocery items, cold drinks, snacks, wood and ice. Some visitors prefer to take their own drinking water, as the water used around Kwaggas is from the dam. Apart from the campsite – which is right on the edge and allows for spectacular views of the water from your tent – there are two park homes that can be reserved. The ‘Big Park Home’ sleeps eight people and has a bathroom, kitchen, and patio with built-in braai. The Small Park Home sleeps four, comes with bathroom, kitchen as well as the crucial built-in patio braai.


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