The clean waters of Satellite Dam make watersports a pleasure. Skiing (for designated sites), swimming, canoeing and boat cruises are popular passtimes on the estate. Trails for hiking, jogging and mountain biking have been established through forest and grassland environments and offer the chance to sight a variety of wildlife.
The Estate is a birder’s paradise, with an abundance of species sighted including rare and endangered species like the Crowned Crane, flocks of which come to roost on the estate at certain times of the year.
Kids are able to experience a healthy, active lifestyle with relative freedom in safety. The little islands on the dam have been a favourite camping spot for years, and motorbikes and quads are premitted in certain areas.
An excellent fishing spot, the dam is the venue for the annual “Satellite Skins” bass fishing competition, at which up to 3.5kg fish are caught.
The Albert Falls Dam Nature Reserve offers the chance to spot larger game including rhino and giraffe, as well as zebra and numerous buck species like springbok, red hartebeest and oribi. The dam is also a great bass fishing spot, and offers non-ski site purchasers a venue for leisure watersport. The Albert Falls Amble as part of the greater Midlands Meander provides a variety of activities and facilities. The historical village of Howick with it’s impressive Falls, restaurants, shops, galleries and craft markets is a short drive away.
The Karkloof Mountains en route to Howick boast beautiful indigenous forests which can be explored from many metres above the ground on the Canopy Tour, or enjoyed over a picnic at the Karkloof Falls. The area has many scenic drives and tourist attractions, including the Miniature Railway, offering rides on the train and pub fare; and the functional, authentic Zulu village near Otto’s Bluff.
The dam is sheltered from prevailing winds and the water remains glassy for large parts of the day, establishing it as a favourite venue for the annual SA Champs Barefoot Competition, at which National and World Records are often broken. These tournaments, especially the jumps, make for exciting spectating.