Pack your fish­ing gear and head to Swartruggens Dam where you can hook carp, cat­fish, bream or black bass.

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Fish buf­fet

The small town of Swartruggens lies be­tween Rusten­burg and the Botswana bor­der, and the camp­site re­minds one of those old-school mu­nic­i­pal re­sorts. For­tu­nately, it’s any­thing but, and Dawie Vorster has been man­ag­ing the re­sort for the past 18 years. He keeps things so neat and tidy that you’ll def­i­nitely camp here more than once. Judg­ing by how busy it gets over long week­ends you have to jump to get one of the stands next to the wa­ter. These stands are on a beau­ti­ful lush lawn where old wil­lows dug their roots into the earth long ago. In fact, Dawie planted the trees him­self. Back when he took over there were only two stands and no elec­tric­ity, trees or grass. He got rid of the wild grass and the swampy ar­eas next to the wa­ter and turned it into the neat stands that you see to­day. The stands away from the wa­ter are against a slight slope. They’re close to the of­fice and un­der­neath a lane of trees on a nice piece of even grass. Elec­tric­ity points (stan­dard do­mes­tic) are scat­tered through­out and the same goes for the fixed steel braais and taps. The bath­rooms are on the op­po­site end of the re­cep­tion build­ing. Op­po­site the show­ers are basins, each in their own cu­bi­cle with a high wall be­tween them. There isn’t a scullery though and you’ll have to make do at your near­est tap or in a bucket next to your car­a­van.

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