The Gubu Dam, situated halfway between Keiskamma Hoek and Stutterheim, gains
its name from the crystal clear stream which has its source at the foot of Mt.
Thomas, and the valley in which the dam was built. Gubu is a Xhosa word meaning
"drum", much like the drums used by the ancient Xhosa healers and witchdoctors
who used to gather medicinal herbs from the region. It is said that some of the
plants which grow in the area cannot be found anywhere else.
Mt. Thomas was reportedly frequented by lynx, leopard and wild cat, which were hunted for their "magical" qualities. The cats were said to be extremely cunning and dangerous, and so the witchdoctors, who were the only ones to venture there, would walk with drums to scare of predators, and communicate with their ancestors. The beating of the drums would echo through the region, and so it was named Gubu, the place of drums.
The Gubu Dam, which covers about 100 ha, is located about 100km East London. The dam is stocked with both Brown, and Rainbow Trout, and is the home of countless waterfowl. The dam is also the home of the Stutterheim Trout Angling Club. Fishing at the Gubu Dam is permitted, however only in the form of fly-fishing, and visitors wishing to do so, require a day permit, which can be obtained from the bailiff's house at the dam.
The Stutterheim Trout Angling Club holds an annual Fly-fishing Festival, where fly-fishing enthusiasts and their families gather at the dam for a pleasurable weekend of good company and good fishing. No power boats are allowed on this dam but sailing and boating for pleasure are permitted.
Accommodation Near Gubu Dam
Graded:11.1km North East of Gubu DamEach cottage has 2 bedrooms and sleeps up to 5 people. There are double and twin beds available. The cottages are fully equipped for self-catering with fridge, stove, microwave, crockery, kitchen utensils and outdoor furniture and cooking facilities.
Graded:12.3km North East of Gubu DamA warm welcome awaits you at The Manderson, three star Hotel and Conference Centre. Situated at the base of the forested Amatola Mountains the Manderson is located 7km from the town of Stutterheim.
Graded:Sleeps: 2029.5km South East of Gubu DamA luxuriously appointed guest house boasting 10 spacious and inviting en-suite rooms offering a high standard of comfort and luxury. Each room offers tea/coffee making facilities, TV, M-Net, fans, heaters and laundry facility. Barbeque facilities,...
Sleeps: 26030.4km South East of Gubu DamThis beautifully renovated House with its scenic garden is now Lavender House with seven double rooms consisting of their own en-suite bathrooms, tea/coffee making facilities, TV (M-Net, DStv Channels), Fans, Heaters, Laundry facilities and Safe ...
Graded:34.2km West of Gubu DamMaylodge hosts extend a warm welcome, inviting you to share the beauty and uniqueness of Hogsback - you leave it but it never leaves you. Privately situated self catering cottages in an acclaimed, tranquil, park-like garden which are well equipped...
Nearby Points Of Interest
- Thomas River Historical Village (18.56km)
- Stutterheim (16.00km)