PIENAARDAM

At Pienaardam you don’t only have three fish species to choose from, but also three dams to fish from – and you can pitch camp right on the fishes’ doorstep.

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Take your pick

The Pienaardam Leisure re­sort is 10 km out­side Mid­del­burg, next to the N4 as it stretches from Pre­to­ria to the Lowveld. The re­sort cov­ers 300 ha and Pienaardam is right in front of you as you en­ter the re­sort. The re­cep­tion of­fice is to the right and the stands be­gin here, an­ti­clock­wise against the shore to the op­po­site side. Your chances of bag­ging a stand on the shore are good be­cause 55 of the 80 stands are next to the wa­ter. The 17 stands on the op­po­site side don’t have power sockets. But each of these stands, like all the oth­ers, has its own tap as well as a brick braai (with a grid). The stands are mostly on grass, and de­pend­ing on where you pitch there are also some shade trees. There are more than 10 ablu­tion blocks spread through­out the re­sort, which means you can pitch any­where and a bath­room won’t be far away. There’s quite a bit to keep the lit­tle ones oc­cu­pied, in­clud­ing at­trac­tions such as a putt-putt course, a choo-choo train and guided pony rides. The re­sort has four pools for those who want to cool down, and the own­ers of­fer free game drives. You can ex­pect to see gems­bok, bles­bok, ze­bra, spring­bok and os­trich. You are also wel­come to do game drives in your own ve­hi­cle. An­glers can hook carp, black bass and cat­fish. The dam is 700 m at its widest point and the wa­ter in­let from the catch­ment side is about 1,2 km from the re­sort en­trance. If you want to fo­cus on black bass, there are two smaller dams where you can try your luck. These are to the right of the big­ger dam, the clos­est one of which is about 240 m from the big­ger dam and the other one a bit far­ther. The own­ers don’t ap­ply a strict catch-an­drelease rule, but they pre­fer that you do.

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