The area is a nature lover’s paradise, with the surrounding large commercial forests providing homes for a wide array of wildlife including buck, porcupines, civet, mongoose and even jackal. In the near distance, the Karkloof is the second largest indigenous forest in the country and is reportedly still inhabited by leopard. The grasslands and crop fields support many seed-eating species of birds and smaller wildlife like hares.

When the Spurwing geese and ducks aren’t jostling for the spot, leguaan and terrapins sun themselves on the jetties of the existing houses. Pairs of Crowned Cranes strut around on the lawns and in winter large flocks of up to 80 birds fly in at sunset to roost after a day’s foraging in the surrounding farmlands.

A family of otters can be spotted playing on the mud banks of the small islands and edges of the dam, or hunting fish at the rapids beneath the dam wall. The wetland area was formed when the dam was created and is a haven for fauna and flora. KZN Birds Magazine was amazed at the biodiversity of the area, comparing it to a miniature version of the Okavango delta. See a copy of their article here.

Sally Johnson from The Witness also enjoyed a visit to the dam and found a variety of birds happily living alongside the skiers. Click here to read a full account of her day, which included a serenade by the resident pair of fish eagle.

In years past, annual duck hunts moderated bird populations. Since their prohibition a dramatic increase in bird life has been noted, much to the delight of home owners, some of whom put out birdfeed daily. In 2013 residents had the privilege of observing 3 crowned crane chicks and the fish eagle chick being raised, as well as the special treat of witnessing a reedbuck doe give birth within the estate.

Below is a list of animals and birds recorded at the dam, please see our gallery for images

Wildlife List

Ref #
Birds
Other
8
49
55
58
60
62
63
64
65
66
67
68
69
71
72
78
81
91
94
95
96
99
101
102
104
107
108
114
115
116
126
126
127
139
141
148
152
158
165
169
196
200
203
204
208
209
213
217
223
226
228
240
258
266
286
315
350
352
354
355
386
391
401
424
428
429
431
432
435
451
473
486
489
518
541
545
568
577
596
635
677
683
689
713
728
732
764
796
801
807
814
824
824
828
840
857
860
869

TOTAL
Dabchick (Little Grebe)
Pelican White
Cormorant Whitebreasted
Cormorant Reed
Darter
Heron Grey
Heron Blackheaded
Heron Goliath
Heron Purple
Egret Great White
Egret Little
Egret Yellowbilled
Egret Black
Egret Cattle
Squacco Heron
Little Bittern
Hamerkop
Ibis Sacred
Hadeda Ibis
Spoonbill African
Flamingo Greater
Duck White Faced
Duck White Backed
Goose Egyptian
Duck Yellowbilled
Teal Hottentot
Teal Redbilled
Goose Pygmy
Duck Knobbilled
Goose Spurwinged
Kite Black
Kite Yellowbilled
Kite Blackshouldered
Eagle Longcrested
Eagle Crowned
Eagle African Fish
Jackal Buzzard
Sparrowhawk Black
MarshHarrier African
Gymnogine
Francolin Natal
Quail Common
Guineafowl Helmeted
Guineafowl Crested
Crane Blue
Crane Crowned
Crane Black
Redchested Flufftail
Purple Gallinute
Moorhen
Red Knobbed Coot
African Jacana
Lapwing Blacksmith
Plover Blacksmith
Moorhen Common
Greyheaded Gull
Pigeon Rameron
Dove Redeyed
Dove Cape Turtle
Dove Laughing
Cuckoo Diederik
Coucal Burchell’s
Spotted Eagle Owl
Mousebird Speckled
Kingfisher Pied
Kingfisher Giant
Kingfisher Malachite
Kingfisher Pygmy
Kingfisher Brownhooded
Hoopoe
Barbet Crested
Cardinal Woodpecker
Wryneck Red Throated
Swallow European
Drongo Forktailed
Oriole Blackheaded
Blackeyed Bulbul
Olive Thrush
African Stonechat
Swamp-Warbler Lesser
Levaillant’s Cristicola
Tawny Flanked Prinia
Flycatcher Spotted
Wagtail Cape
Longclaw Yellow-Throated
Fiscal Shrike
Glossy Starling – Cape
White-eye Cape
House Sparrow
Thick Billed Weaver
Weaver Masked
Red Bishop
Red Shouldered Widow
Widiwbird Fan Tailed
African Firefinch
Bronzed Mannikin
Pin Tailed Whydah
Yellow Fronted Canary98
Otter
Terrapin
Legavaan
Reed Buck
Bush Buck
Duiker
Hares
Civet
Mongoose
Jackal
Porcupine
Bush Pig
Water Snake
Puff Adder
Night Adder

BIRD LIFE – 141 Species (March 2016)

FAMILY NAME DESCRIPTION
Barbet Crested
Bee-eater White-fronted
Bishop Southern Red
Bishop Yellow-crowned
Bittern Little
Boubou Southern
Bulbul Dark-capped
Buzzard Jackal
Buzzard Steppe
Canary Yellow-fronted
Cisticola Levaillant’s
Coot Red-knobbed
Cormorant Reed
Cormorant White-breasted
Coucal Burchell’s
Crake Black
Crane Blue
Crane Grey Crowned
Cuckoo Diederik
Darter African
Dove Cape Turtle-
Dove Laughing
Dove Red-eyed
Drongo Fork-tailed
Duck African Black
Duck Comb
Duck White-backed
Duck White-faced
Duck Yellow-billed
Eagle African Crowned
Eagle African Fish-
Eagle Long-crested
Egret Cattle
Egret Great
Egret Little
Egret Yellow-billed
Firefinch African
Fiscal Common
Flamingo Greater
Flufftail Red-chested
Flycatcher African Dusky
Flycatcher Spotted
Goose African Pygmy-
Goose Egyptian
Goose Spur-winged
Grassbird Cape
Grebe Little
Guineafowl Crested
Guineafowl Helmeted
Gull Grey-headed
Hamerkop
Harrier African Marsh-
Hawk African Harrier-
Heron Black
Heron Black-headed
Heron Goliath
Heron Grey
Heron Purple
Heron Squacco
Hobby Eurasian
Hoopoe African
House Sparrow
Ibis African Sacred
Ibis Hadeda
Indigobird Dusky
Jacana African
Kingfisher African Pygmy-
Kingfisher Brown-hooded
Kingfisher Giant
Kingfisher Malachite
Kingfisher Pied
Kite Black
Kite Black-shouldered
Kite Yellow-billed
Lapwing Blacksmith
Little Bittern
Longclaw Yellow-throated
Mannikin Bronze
Mannikin Red-backed
Martin Brown-throated
Moorhen Common
Mousebird Speckled
Neddicky
Nightjar Fiery-necked
Oriole Black-headed
Owl Barn
Owl Spotted Eagle-
Pelican Great White
Petronia Yellow-throated
Pigeon African Olive-
Pigeon Speckled
Prinia Tawny-flanked
Quail Common
Quelea Red-headed
Rail African
Robin White-browed Scrub-
Robin-Chat Cape
Saw-wing Black
Shrike Red-backed
Snipe African
Sparrow Cape
Sparrow Southern Grey-headed
Sparrowhawk Black
Spoonbill African
Spurfowl Natal
Squacco Heron
Starling Cape Glossy
Stonechat African
Starling Red-winged
Sunbird Amethyst
Sunbird White-bellied
Swallow Barn
Swallow Greater Striped
Swallow Lesser Striped
Swallow White-throated
Swamphen African Purple
Swift Little
Swift White-rumped
Tchagra Black-crowned
Teal Hottentot
Teal Red-billed
Thrush Olive
Wagtail African Pied
Wagtail Cape
Warbler Dark-capped Yellow
Warbler Lesser Swamp-
Warbler Little Rush-
Warbler Willow
Waxbill Common
Weaver Cape
Weaver Spectacled
Weaver Southern Masked
Weaver Thick-billed
Weaver Village
White-eye Cape
Whydah Pin-tailed
Widowbird Fan-tailed
Widowbird Red-collared
Widowbird White-winged
Woodpecker Cardinal
Wryneck Red-throated

OTHER ANIMAL LIFE

Otter
Terrapin
Legavaan
Reed Buck
Bush Buck
Duiker
Hares
Civet
Mongoose
Jackal
Porcupine
Bush Pig
Water Snake
Puff Adder
Night Adder

Small crocodiles under 1m occasionally appear but due to cold winters either die or move downstream to warmer areas.