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The Seven Dams Conservancy is a wild area of 86 hectares located to the north of Bloemfontein in the municipality of Mangaung which is available for public recreation (but no motorized vehicles). There are four distinct habitats: woody shrubland, grassland, wetlands and the unique Bloemfontein Karroid Shrubland. The karroid succulents and their habitat is critically endangered. The veld, dams and koppies are home to a variety of small animals and 120 species of birds and there are a variety of archaeological sites. It can be accessed from General Beyers Street in Dan Pienaar, or De Vletter Street (off Nicolai Street) in Hillsboro (see maps).

We encourage you to discover this wild piece of nature so close to the city. It is an ideal place to cycle your mountain bike, have a picnic, run, jog, or walk your dog, with no entrance fee.

Archaeological sites

The Conservancy has numerous stone tool sites, dating from the Later and Middle Stone Ages, showing evidence of human habitation and use of the area spanning a period of 250 000 years.

The future...

Bloemfontein is developing fast to the north. The Seven Dams Conservancy will become an even more important place for relaxation, as Central Park is in New York, or Emmarentia in Joburg. Such parks, on prime land, were created and sustained by the foresight of citizens who fought the pressure for development. Let us do the same for Bloemfontein.