Welcome to Wagendrift

Wagendrift Dam and Moor Park Nature Reserve is situated just off the N3 highway near Estcourt. The reserve is roughly 980 ha in extent and includes a popular picnic and fishing spot. An Iron Age site dating back to AD 1300 is found on Makhabeni Hill overlooking Moor Park and is listed as the first known Iron-Age settlement in southern Africa. On the southern side of the dam there are large fossil beds with many fossilised trees lying exposed at ground level.

Wagendrift Accommodation

  • Campsites with plug points

    There are 39 campsites that accommodate six people each. All campsites have plug points. All sites are suitable for tents or caravans. The ablution blocks have hot and cold water and a communal wash area.

    Book Direct - Tel: +27 (0) 72 800 3893

  • Youth Centre

    Four dormitories, each with 18 beds and attached to each is a 2-bedded flatlet. The hall has a fully-equipped kitchen with refrigerator and cooking facilities. It is necessary to provide eating utensils, bedding and pillows.

    Book Direct - Tel: +27 (0) 72 800 3893


  • Kitchenette
  • Ironing board
  • Catering services
  • DSTV (limited)
  • Hotspots
  • Exhibition/convention floor
  • Restaurant
  • Room service - full menu
  • Courtyard
  • Lounges/bars
  • firewood
  • Airport Shuttle Service
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Valet cleaning
  • Car hire


Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.


Private parking is possible at a location nearby (reservation is not needed) and costs USD 28.80 per day.

Activities in Wagendrift

  • Boating and fishing are the main activities in this resort. There is a registered boat club, the Bushman’s Boating Club. It is not necessary to belong to the club to use the dam for boating. Boat skippers are required to be in possession of a skippers licence.

  • No overnight fishing is permitted. Scaly, bluegill, bass, carp, eel and the occasional trout are caught in the dam by keen freshwater fishermen.

  • There is a 3 km self-guided trail along the Bushman’s River where several species of game occur. This area abounds with birdlife, including fish eagle and black eagle. The easy 3 km self-guided Furrow Trail follows the course of an old irrigation furrow, built in 1903 and provides exciting game viewing opportunities.

  • Wagendrift Useful Information

  • No pets of any kind are allowed in the reserve.

  • Power boat skippers must carry their tickets when on the water. All powered craft skippers must be in possession of a Category R certificate of competence.

  • All boats must be registered with Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. All craft are to carry life jackets for each person. Skiers must wear life jackets while skiing. A copy of the rules for boaters is available on request. It is essential to be familiar with these rules.

  • Entrance gates to the reserve open and close at the following times:

  • Summer (1 October - 31 March) 05:00 - 19:00
    Winter (1 April - 30 September) 06:00 - 18:00

    Wagendrift Contacts

    Wagendrift: + 27 (0)72 800 3893

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