Hardap Recreation Resort, Game Park and Dam

Travel to Hardap Recreation Resort, Game Park and Dam –

Hardap Recreation Resort is divided by the dam into a northern and southern section, with the largest concentration of game found in the southern part.

Since 1963 the Fish River has been dammed up near Mariental to form Namibia’s largest artificial lake. Hardap Dam is the largest in Namibia with a capacity to hold 323million m3 and with a surface area of 25km, it supplies Mariental with water and is also used for irrigating cultivated land below the dam’s wall. In 1964 an area of 250 km² next to the lake was proclaimed a nature conservation area.

Game found in the park include: kudu, gemsbok, springbok, Hartmann’s mountain zebra, red hartebeest and steenbok. The dam is home to one of Namibia’s three largest colonies of white pelicans. Pelicans, greater flamingos, white breasted and reed cormorants, darters, rare African spoonbills, osprey and African fish eagles are also found in this area.

Visitors to the Hardap Resort can explore the game park on foot by following the Hardap Trail, with a 15 km and 9 km option. The lake is ideal for watersports. Fishing in the lake is exceptionally good with the possibility of catching bass, carp, barbell, kurper and yellow-fish. Boats can also be rented to get a closer look at some of the local birdlife.

Unwind on the tranquil lake shores.

The area is accessible by car.

  • Fish or boat on the great lake.
  • Spot wildlife such as pelicans, kudu and zebra.
  • Hike the Hardap Trail.


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