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Bloemhof Dam, Northern Cape, December 2015

We took Mark & Jason to Bloemhof Dam, which is on the borders of the Free State and the North West provinces in South Afric,a as they'd been wanting to go fishing there.

Bleomhof is a huge dam on the Vaal and Sand Rivers.

We camped at Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve which is on the northern shore of the dam. (There'a another site on the southern shore - Sandveld Nature Reserve). Our site was amongst the trees, where there were electric points. It was a hundred metres or so down to the water's edge as the dam was only 40% full.

The twins loved the fishing despite the hight temperatures (high 30s every day) and often fished for 10 hours! Over 6 days they caught over 200 fish, mostly carp but also scalies, mudfish and barbel.

They collected the fish in a keep net and after a photo or two all the fish were released.

Jason caught the largest barbel - 7kg.

Jason got the biggest carp -

On a couple of afternoon we saw massive thunderstorms around us - luckily we kept dry.

The twins had been told that big barbel could be caught on the river below the dam so we spent one afternoon on the banks of the river however, apart from a couple of nibbles, they didn't catch anything.

One morning Kevin and I took a drive around the Nature Reserve. We saw large groups of oryx (gemsbok) zebra and wildebeast on the grassy area near the dam.

There were plenty of birds along some areas of the shoreline.

We saw this ostrich family every day near the campsite.

One of a pair of mongooses that visited our campsite every day.

A bug that we noticed one evening.

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