The Boskop Dam, situated on the Mooi River about 20 km northeast of Potchefstroom
, is the heart of a 3 000 ha nature reserve noted for outdoor recreation.
Yachtsmen and canoeists ply the dam's surface while fishermen probe beneath it for bass, carp, barbel, yellowfish and mudfish. Boskop is probably best known as an angling water and is host to a number of fishing competitions
The dam and its surroundings harbour a rich bird population, including duck, drake, avocet, Goliath heron and fish eagle. The reserve's wildlife also includes black wildebeest, eland, springbok, red hartebeest, zebra and blesbok.
Boskop Dam is one of the most visited reserves in the North-West Province but few people spot one of its rarest species - Lithops slesliei - a succulent that resembles a stone. However, the wellknown Orange River lily (Crinum bulbispermum) and the beautiful coral bush (Erythrina zeyhefi), with its characteristic scarlet flowers, are more readily visible.
Boskop Dam Nature Reserve Map:
Boskop Dam and Nature Reserve is located 20 km north of the town of Potchefstroom a short distance from the R501 Carltonville road and 30km from the N14 Ventersdorp/Krugersdorp road on the Rysmierbult turnoff.