Pretty and Pink
Kamfers Dam is situated just north of Kimberley in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa.
Kamfers Dam is a privately owned dam that covers over 400 hectares. Often the dam was seen as a dry pan, but in recent years the water level has been rising significantly. The Dam and the area around it form a designated conservation zone due to the Dam being one of the very few breeding sites of the Lesser Flamingo.
The birds can be seen all year round, but their numbers are in the tens of thousands during September and October. These beautiful birds create a stunning and memorable sight even if you are not a serious birder.
The Flamingoes have been classified as “Near Threatened” and it is very important to provide a safe environment for them to live and breed. It is the responsibility of the tourists and locals to treat the area with respect by not littering or exploiting the areas natural resources.
There is no cost to see the dam and the Flamingoes.
Kimberley experiences rainfall mainly in the summer months with the highest occurring in February and March.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 17˚C and 32˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 0˚C and 17˚C.
There are daily flights into Kimberley from O R Tambo Airport in Johannesburg and from Cape Town International Airport. Car rental facilities are available. Follow the N12 road north of Kimberley and turn off at the sign to the Flamingo Casino. Just before the railway bridge there is a nondescript road to your right and with this road you can drive along the railway line, with a good view of Kamfer Dam. If you miss it, ask the Casino staff for directions.
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