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Weekend break: Mpumalanga

Forever Loskopdam.
Forever Loskopdam.

The Loskop Dam wall, which was built by hand between 1934 and 1938, then raised another 9 m to 54 m between 1974 and 1980, holds an almighty 348 million cubic litres of water. The resort, under the Forever banner, lies on the dam wall’s northern side.

It is a large resort, rich in an impressive indigenous variety of trees: red ivory, common hook-thorn, rooibos, buffalo thorn, coral and splendid acacia, to name but a few. The trees are marked with name plates. Set a challenge for the young ones to see who can find the most tree species.

Loskop’s 252 stands are spread over almost 50 000 m2 – close to five rugby fields – and you will cover about 400 m if you walk the length of the campsite. Once you have turned in at the campsite, just past the Bundu Box kiosk and the fuel station, the tent stands are on your right, with the caravan ones next to them. Keep left at the fork and you end up at a bunch of camping spots on a terrace – most of the stands on the right are on the side of the dam. These stands are the most popular and extend in rows down to the dam. Only those at the bottom end are close to the water. A road separates the stands from the dam’s embankment, so you can’t fish from your rally tent. Stands aren’t allocated in advance and if you want to camp here, you must arrive early.

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