"Caledon Nature Reserve" Free State Things to Do Tip by MikeAtSea

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by MikeAtSea

The reserve is approximately 120 km southeast of Bloemfontein along the R701 road between Wepener and Smithfield. It's 2 300 ha has an almost tangible atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Apart from the splendid views and game such as black wildebeest, blesbok, springbok and zebra, the reserve is notable for its beautiful mountain vegetation. The fish eagle reigns supreme here and nearly 200 species of bird have been recorded, a large number of which are water birds.

Two floating bush camps serve as overnight spots for hikers and canoeists. The one camp is, however, only accessible by four-wheel-drive vehicles. Each camp can accommodate 16 people on four floating decks. On the shore there is a lapa with barbecue facilities, benches and tables and ablution facilities. Fishing is the main attraction. The river supports barbel, mudfish, yellowfish and carp. Record carp is regularly caught here.

Directions: South East of Bloemfontein

Review Helpfulness: 2 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 1, 2005
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