Bongola Dam

Bongola Dam - Amatola & Stormberg, Eastern Cape

Bongola Dam

The Bongola Dam, situated in the Karoo heartland five kilometers outside of Queenstown on the Doordrecht Road, serves as one of the main water sources for the dry region. Construction of the dam was was undertaken in 1905, and upon completion Bongola Dam held the distinction of being South Africa's largest concrete dam wall until five years later when another dam earned the title. The origin of the dam's name was the subject of much controversy, having being derived from the Xhosa word for donkey -"mbongolo". It is believed that these creatures were used extensively in the construction of the dam.

Recent years have seen the popularity of the Bongola Dam as a popular venue for recreational activities increasing significantly. Today the dam serves as an ideal location for a variety of watersports which include boating, water-skiing, wind surfing and Angling. Keen fisherman are provided with the excellent opportunity to test their wits and skill against a variety of species which include black bass and bluegill.

The Bonolga Dam is also the home of the Queenstown Power and Yacht Club, whose premises also serve as a popular venue for various functions and events. A number of racing events are staged at the dam throughout the year, and in recent years have included Formula One power boat racing, inflatable boat racing and numerous fun raft races. For visitors hoping to pursue less energetic activities, the Bongola Dam also features a number of scenic picnic spots ideally situated under shady trees, and providing excellent photographic opportunities of the nearby mountains in the region.

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Tranquil House B&B @ 121 Berry Street

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Queenstown

3.8km South of center of Bongola Dam

The gardens creates an atmosphere of tranquillity and our bedrooms comprises spacious rooms each with their own private kitchenette, private entrances leading to the tranquil garden setting with an enclosed pool and braai area.

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Apart-mint

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Queenstown

3.9km South West of center of Bongola Dam

Apart-mint is a luxurious self-catering apartment that is located in a quiet and upmarket area of Queenstown. It offers ideal accommodation for a couple or business traveler to the area.

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De Oude Werf Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Queenstown

4.5km South West of center of Bongola Dam

De Oudewerf guesthouse situated in a beautifully manicured large garden at 65 Berry st Queenstown was originally a farmhouse in the district 120 years ago and now finds itself conveniently situated near the towns schools

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Tranquil House B&B @ 1 College Avenue

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Queenstown

4.9km South West of center of Bongola Dam

Tranquil House is an elegantly modernised country home situated in the heart of the Eastern Cape on the outskirts of Queenstown. This imposing residence offers gracious living, warm hospitality and exceptional care

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Tranquil House B&B @ 10 Berry Street

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Queenstown

5.1km South West of center of Bongola Dam

The gardens creates an atmosphere of tranquillity and our bedrooms comprises spacious rooms each with their own private entrance leading to the tranquil garden setting.

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Hazelmere Country Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Queenstown

6.7km South West of center of Bongola Dam

Hazelmere Country Lodge offers luxury Bed and Breakfast accommodation and is situated on a sheep and cattle farm in the scenic Birds River/Halseton aree of the North East Cape. The lodge is situated in a beautiful garden surrounded by trees and ...

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