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  • Steenbras Dam located in the ''Hottentots-Holland Mountains'', near Gordons Bay, Cape Town, South Africa  © Olga ErnstLicense
  • Steenbras Dam with Gordons Bay in the foreground  © Hansueli Krapf, License

Steenbras Dam

The Steenbras Dam is now referred to as Steenbras Lower Dam, is located in the Hottentots-Holland mountains, above Gordons Bay, near Cape Town in South Africa. In 1916 a Board of Engineers was appointed to report on a water augmentation scheme for the city. Their proposal was the Steenbras scheme which would consist of a concrete gravity and arch dam on the Steenbras River. This dam would be connected to the Molteno reservoir through a tunnel in the Hottentots Holland mountains and a 64 kilometre long cast iron pipeline. Work began on the scheme in 1918 and was completed three years later. The Steenbras scheme could supply Cape Town with up to 42 million litres of water per day although the average consumption was in the region of 29 million litres per day. The consumption however grew rapidly and it was not long before Cape Town once again had a water supply problem. To solve the demand for additional water supplies the Steenbras dam wall was raised and an additional pipeline was laid into the city. This work was completed in 1928. For much of the first half of the twentieth century it was the main reservoir for Cape Town but is now only one of many dams that supply the city. (Information from Wikipedia under the following license)

Exploring near the Steenbras Dam in Cape Town, Western Cape, offers a mix of natural beauty and historical intrigue.

Here are five things you might enjoy seeing:

  1. Steenbras Dam: Start your journey by exploring the dam itself. Its serene waters surrounded by rugged terrain offer breathtaking views. You might also be interested in learning about its history and significance for Cape Town's water supply.

  2. Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve: Just a short drive away, this UNESCO-recognized reserve boasts diverse flora and fauna. Take a hike along one of the many trails to experience the region's unique biodiversity, including rare plant species and indigenous animals.

  3. Crystal Pools: Nestled within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Crystal Pools is a series of stunning mountain pools fed by crystal-clear streams. It's a popular spot for swimming and picnicking, offering a refreshing escape from the summer heat.

  4. Steenbras River Gorge: Explore the rugged beauty of the Steenbras River Gorge, which winds its way through dramatic landscapes near the dam. Hiking trails offer opportunities to discover hidden waterfalls, indigenous vegetation, and possibly even wildlife sightings.

  5. Rooi-Els Beach: After immersing yourself in nature, head to Rooi-Els Beach for a relaxing seaside experience. This picturesque stretch of coastline offers pristine beaches, excellent birdwatching opportunities, and stunning views of False Bay and the surrounding mountains.

These attractions near Steenbras Dam offer a diverse range of experiences, from scenic hikes to tranquil beach outings, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

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