The definitive South African trophy Bass fishing site



About the Dam

Bivane Dam, situated about 45 km north east of Vryheid (and west of Ithala Game Reserve), was built on the Bivane River (a tributary of the Pongola River) to supply water to the sugarcane farms downstream at Pongola. Construction of the 700 Hectare dam began in 1997 and was completed in July of 2000.


(Photo courtesy of Greg Welman)


The dam is owned by the Impala Irrigation Board / Impala Water Users' Association (Mr Barry Killian is the caretaker).


The dam was originally known as the Paris Dam, named after the farm upon which it was built. More recently the owner of the dam, the Impala Water Users' Association, renamed it the Bivane Dam after the tributary on which it is situated.


The dominant feature of the area is rolling hills with exposed quartzite ridges, wooded drainage lines and steep cliffs and gorges and, of course, the open water of the dam.


(Photo courtesy of Greg Welman)


Bivane Dam is home to Largemouth Bass (Northerns, Florida strain and "hybrids"). Fish from 2 - 4kg have been caught. As the Dam was only completed in July 2000, bigger Bass may expected in the next couple of years.


Not much information is available about other fish in the Bivane Dam, but one would expect Catfish, Bream and the Natal Scaly.



Licenses and access

For KwaZulu-Natal you no longer need a Provincial freshwater angling license.



How to get there

The Dam is situated about 45 km north east of Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal.


Take the R69 from Vryheid to Louwsburg. After 30km, turn left at the signboard "Bivane Dam". Continue on this dirt road for approximately 12km. The turn-off to the dam is then signposted on the left.


Click here for a map. Bivane Dam is marked "E3" on this map.



Map of the Dam

No map as yet.




There is a camp site at the Dam (contact numbers: (034) 413-1314; 082-808-0743; 083-283-9435) and other accommodation is available in Vryheid, approximately 45km away.



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Bivane photos and catches

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