MSINSI NAGLE DAM; THE SPECIAL CORNER OF AFRICA
Guarded by the mystical splendour of KZN’s Table Mountain, cupped in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, lies Nagle Dam and Game Reserve. This is African thornveld country, the reserve’s memorable nature trails leading you through bush studded by the joys of seasonal flowers.
Nagle Dam is situated Cato Ridge below KwaZulu Natal’s own Table Mountain. The reserve is easily accessible from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg directions via the Table Mountain road or Nagle Dam/ Abattoir road.
GPS coordinates and physical address
> Lot 183 Cato Ridge Rural, Cato Ridge 3681
> 29 ̊ 35′ 40. 24″S
> 30 ̊ 37′ 40. 44″ E
Municipal Areas in which the Park falls
> Umkhambathini local municipality
> Wartburg local municipality
> Umgungundlovu district municipality
However municipal boundaries confirm the park to be within Umkhambathini local municipality only. It should also be noted that municipal boundaries change every now and then therefore where the park falls under should be constantly reviewed.
Ownership and Management of the Park
The formation of Umgeni Water board resulted in the change of ownership of the Dam. A decision was taken by the board of Umgeni Water to appoint its subsidiary Msinsi Holdings to manage the land around the dam in 1993. Msinsi became responsible for growing the biological diversity value around the dam and also the control of public access to the dam for recreation purposes thereby reducing pollution coming into the dam in a bid to improve the quality of water of the dam.
Attractions- Specific important parts of the park
> Game park: Biodiversity value, species of special interest – birds
> Recreational facilities: Dam, fishing, boating and canoeing
> Facilities: accommodation, campsites, conferencing, wedding/ events venue
> Dam popular for flat water canoeing and bare foot water skiing
> Central destination between Durban and PMB
> Closest proximity to KZN’s own Table Mountain
> Umgeni River runs through the reserve
> Hydropower electrical supply (educational purposes)
> In-house professional water treatment (educational purposes)
Valley of thousand hills
Detailed description of the access points to the parks and the facilities within the park.
> The reserve has 2 official entrance gates; the bottom gate is mainly used during special events. Due to a district road running through the reserve connecting Cato Ridge and PMB the access gates to this road is never closed, however the gates to offices and visitor facilities are kept closed. Gate operating hours are from 07h15 to 18h00 from Monday to Sunday
> The reception is equipped with modern technology (credit card facilities, computerized booking, telephone, etc.) and knowledgeable staff personnel. The reception opens at 7h15 to 16h00 Monday to Sunday.
> The reserve has a small Umgeni River picnic site with ablutions and braai facilities. This picnic site is situated on the river banks of Umgeni as you enter the park further to your left hand side. This is fisherman’s favorite sport for camping and fishing. The camping sites are non-marked and therefore campers pitch their tents the closest or furthest from water.
> The main picnic and camping sites has non marked sites. It has ablutions for males and females and showers with hot water. The main picnic site is on the water’s edge of the main dam. Visitors treat themselves to overnight fishing, canoeing and boating.
> The reserve has a 6 Sleeper Msinsi self-catering lodge with swimming pool and Dstv, 12 Sleeper Nagle lodge fully furnished with TV, 8 Sleeper fully furnished hatchery lodge- a walking distance from the dam, 6x 2 sleeper luxury tented camp with Dstv, 20 seater conference center and 12 x 9 meter black stretch tent space on an exclusive Island .