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Nagle Dam and Game Reserve

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Nagle Dam and Game Reserve is set in the Valley of a Thousand Hills and is located about an hour from Durban and Pietermaritzburg. This beautifully scenic area offers excellent fishing opportunities, kayaking and canoeing, nature trails, lots of water sports and game viewing. Nagle Dam is fed by the uMngeni River, which also feeds the Midmar Dam and the Inanda Dam.


Game viewing should be on your “to do” list as you will get to see giraffe, eland, buffalo, herons, zebra, impala, duiker and antelope. If birding is on your list, then don’t forget to bring along your binoculars as you will spot spoonbills and sparrowhawks, among numerous others. The dam also offers excellent bass fishing and houses a fish hatchery that offers booked guided tours.

Nagle Dam and Game Reserve
Nagle Dam and Game Reserve

There is a fully equipped conference centre offering accommodation for up to 18 guests, offering the perfect opportunity to host a team building event for your company or host a workshop.

All accommodation at the dam offers braai facilities and is self-catering. If you really want to relax, opt for the fully catered option when you book and put your feet up and let others do the work for you. An onsite café offers basics such as snacks, drinks and wood. Extra beds are available on request for any of the accommodation options.


At Nagle Dam and Game Reserve, there is a glacial rock formation which dates back 300 million years to when Africa was part of the supercontinent of Gondwana.

Nagle Dam and Game Reserve
Nagle Dam and Game Reserve


From the N3 Toll Road to Pietermaritzburg, take the Mpumalanga / Hammersdale / Inchanga offramp and turn right over the bridge. At the Caltex garage, turn right to the abattoir. Take the next left turn saying Nagle Dam, go downhill for 20 km’s to the entrance to the reserve.


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