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About Berg River Dam

The Berg River Dam is a 68 m high dam on the Berg river in South Africa. It is the centerpiece of the Berg Water Project which is designed to capture the winter rainfall and store it for supply to Cape Town during the dry summer months.

The Berg River Dam was the first dam in South Africa to be designed, constructed and operated in accordance with the guidelines of the World Commission on Dams. Indigenous plants have been planted on the downstream face of the dam wall ensuring that the dam blends with the surrounding landscape.

The scheme was designed to maintain the ecological integrity of the river through the release of water through low flows and high flows that coincide as closely as possible with natural flow of the Berg River. It is the first dam in South Africa where provision is made for flood releases for environmental purposes.

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John Samson
28 May 2012

Visited the Berg River Dam with the kids. There is a viewing point where you can sit and have a bite to eat. The most fun we had was a spur of the moment trip to the river about 1km below the dam wall. It is a bundu-bash to get there. Kids stripped down and jumped into the water, slid down mini-rapids, caught tadpoles and generally had a ball. Plan to return.

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Berg River Dam is 7.1km from the centre of Franschhoek , the nearest airport 51.6km (Cape Town International Airport).
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