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.
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.