Rustfontein Dam Nature Reserve, 10km from Botshabelo. Rustfontein Dam situated 10 km south of the N8 national road between Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu in the Free State Province. The Rustfontein Dam was built in 1955.

Tel: 051 528 2926 – contact details.

Rustfontein Dam is a gravity type dam located on the Modder River

The surrounding countryside, with its tree-studded koppies and grassy hillsides, provides an attractive backdrop to this dam that water-sport enthusiasts have chosen as their playground.

The dam is located 50 km’s from Bloemfontein, 20 km’s from Botshabelo and 40 km’s from Thaba Nchu.

Angling and water sports are the main activities and angling competitions are held regularly.

Rustfontein Dam Nature Reserve is situated on the Cheetah tourism route in the Free State. The Cheetah Route takes you through the Mangaung District – the cultural and political heart of the Free State. Abundant historical, cultural and natural attractions make the region a top business and recreational destination.

Towns on the Cheetah Route are:
• Bloemfontein
• Botshabelo
• Thaba-Nchu

Based on the number of angling licences sold at provincial nature reserves and resorts and where angling tournaments were held, the most important impoundments in the Free State Province for bank angling are Allemanskraal, Bloemhof, Erfenis, Koppies, Krugersdrift and, historically, Rustfontein. All of these impoundments’ surface areas at full supply level, except for Rustfontein Dam, are larger than 1 400 ha.

Rustfontein Dam Nature Reserve Contact Details

Contact information: Rustfontein Dam Nature Reserve – near Thaba Nchu. No accommodation.

Tel: 051 528 2926

You might also find more information about Rustfontein Dam at:


Tourism Center

60 Park Road



Tel: 051-4058489/90

Fax: 051-4473859

Rustfontein Dam

Rustfontein Dam
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Angling information:

The most anglers participated in angling tournaments held at Bloemhof Dam, followed by Rustfontein, Vaal, Koppies and Krugersdrift Dams, which also hosted the most tournaments. Krugersdrift and Rustfontein Dams are situated close to the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality while Koppies Dam is preferred by angling clubs in the Northern Free State as a tournament venue.

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ISSN 1816-7950 (Online) = Water SA Vol. 43 No. 3 July 2017

Registered information on Rustfontein Dam

No of dam C511/29
Name of the dam RUSTFONTEIN DAM
Water management area 6
Quaternary Drainage Area C51E
Latitude deg 29
Lat min 25
Lat sec 1
Longitude deg 25
Long min 55
Long sec 1
Distance from Town 45
Name of farm RUSTFONTEIN 436
DWS Provincial Office / Region FREE STATE
Completion date 0
Completion date raised
River or Watercourse
Wall height 6
Crest Length (m) 453
Spillway Type OPEN CHANNEL
Capacity (1000 cub m) 90
Surface area (ha) 6
Catchment area (sq km)) 0
Owner Name MAARTENS W.J.J.
Designer UNKNOWN
Contractor UNKNOWN
Registration date 1986/11/18
Size Small
Hazard Potential Low
Category 1
Classification date 1997/02/25
Sector A
Date Last DSE
Number Last DSE 0
Target date next DSE


Visit the registered dams page for more information on the dams that have a wall height of more than 40m in South Africa HERE.