Oudebaaskraal Dam

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Oudebaaskraal Dam
Oudebaaskraal Dam is located in South Africa
Oudebaaskraal Dam
Location of Oudebaaskraal Dam in South Africa
Official nameOudebaaskraal Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationCeres, Western Cape
Coordinates32°23′27.25″S 19°53′32.65″E / 32.3909028°S 19.8924028°E / -32.3909028; 19.8924028Coordinates: 32°23′27.25″S 19°53′32.65″E / 32.3909028°S 19.8924028°E / -32.3909028; 19.8924028
PurposeIrrigation
Opening date1969
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damEarth fill dam
ImpoundsTankwa River
Height21 metres (69 ft)
Length1,200 metres (3,900 ft)
Reservoir
CreatesOudebaaskraal Dam Reservoir
Total capacity34,000,000 cubic metres (1.2×109 cu ft)
Catchment area800 hectares (2,000 acres)

Oudebaaskraal Dam is an earth-fill type dam located on the Tankwa River near Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa. It was established in 1969 and serves mainly for irrigation purposes. The hazard potential of the dam has been ranked significant (2).

Oudebaaskraal Dam is next to Wadrif and is located in Cape Winelands District Municipality, Western Cape, South Africa. Oudebaaskraal Dam has a length of 14.34 kilometres.[1]

A game drive in the stony desert area around the Oudebaaskraal Dam is probably the best chance of spotting some of the animals that have been reintroduced into the Tankwa Karoo National Park, like gemsbok, springbok, hartebeest and Cape mountain zebra. Perhaps even a bat-eared fox and a tortoise or two.[2] Hundreds of Pink Flamingos can be spotted there at certain times, and the areas of the dam which are covered in algae have a kelp type smell similar to the ocean.

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