Soetdoring Nature Reserve/Resort

What climatic conditions can be expected?

The rainfall is mainly restricted to the hot summer months. The nights are cold during the winter, but the days are usually sunny and pleasant.

The landscape, plants and animals

Soetdoring Nature Reserve (including water surface of the Kruger’s drift Dam and Modder River) comprises a total surface area of 7500 ha and is only 45 km from Bloemfontein, which makes it the ideal place to enjoy a family picnic under a canopy of sweet thorn trees.

Angling along the banks of the Modder River is a tranquil and relaxing experience. The reserve also houses a predator park with a separate lion and cheetah camp, not forgetting a paradise place for birdwatchers.

Gemsbok, eland, springbok, blesbok, black wildebeest, zebra and red hartebeest roam the open plains of the reserve. Kudu, waterbuck, common reedbuck and impala find sanctuary in the bush along the riverbanks.

Among the reptiles and smaller mammals, leguan, Cape clawless otter, water mongoose, small spotted genets and African wild cat are other inhabitants of the riverbanks, and tortoises of the grassy plains. The Kruger drift Dam attracts many water birds, white martial, and fish eagles breed in the tall trees near the shore.

Fish species include carp, barbel, yellow fish and mudfish.

What facilities are available?

  • 13 angling sites / picnic spots.
  • A lapa with barbecue facilities is available.
  • Conference Hall which can accommodate 40 people at bush camp site
  • A very rustic bush camp with 9 self catering log cabins
  • 2 x 4 Sleeper per chalet @ R550.00
  • 6 X 2 Sleeper per chalet @ R450.00
  • 1 X 3 Sleeper per chalet @ R500.00

No shops are available and visitors must bring their own provisions (nearest shops in Ikgomotseng –Soutpan 10 km from the reserve).

Recreational activities

  • Eco-tourism activities include game drives(with own vehicle), bird watching, angling, picnicking, hunting, camping, wind surfing and booked predator feed among other activities
  • 13 angling sites / picnic spots.
  • The dam offers the serious angler a big challenge and hours of relaxation to the rest of the family.
  • Visitors are welcome to walk through the reserve and enjoy the nature.
  • Thirty kilometers of tourist roads allow visitors ample opportunity for game viewing.
  • Environment educational centre which caters for school groups(+30 pupils)

Who do I contact?

Mr JJ. Willemse: Regional Reserve Manager                                                                                       Ms Constance Simwinji: Resort Manager

Soetdoring Nature Reserve                                                                                                                       Soetdoring Resort

Private Bag X20801                                                                                                                                    Private Bag X20801

Bloemfontein                                                                                                                                                                     Bloemfontein

9300                                                                                                                                                               9300

Tel:                  Reserve: 051 – 4331168                                                                                                   Tel: 051 – 433 9002

Fax:                Reserve: 051 – 4331167                                                                                                    Fax: 051 – 4339044

Cell:                082 574 4109                                                                                                                      Cell: 083 757 8738

Email:                                                                                                Email:

What, where, when?

Hours – Gate:               07h00 – 18h00

Office:                        07h30 – 16h00


  • East gate:      Bloemfontein – R700 Bultfontein road (Reserve and Resort offices situated on this side)
  • West gate:     Bloemfontein – R64 Kimberley road