Sandveld and Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserves

Country/territory: South Africa

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i (1998)
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Area: 55,372 ha

BirdLife South Africa
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2014 high unfavourable high
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Site summary
The reserves lie on the Free State/North-West Province border, surrounding the Bloemhof Dam, an impoundment on the Vaal River. Sandveld Nature Reserve protects a remnant patch of the eastern form of Kalahari Thornveld. The Kalahari Thornveld in this region previously covered a much greater area. The dam regularly supports more than 5 000 waterfowl and sometimes more than 10 000 birds.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sandveld and Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserves. Downloaded from on 28/03/2023.