Visitor Info

General

  • Remember that the conservancy is first and foremost a nature reserve and all conduct in the conservancy must be accordingly.
  • Please remain on the existing trails.  Do not walk or ride in the veld or create new paths or trails.
  • Always be considerate towards other users.

Dogs

The rule is that dogs must be leashed at all times.  We have relaxed the enforcement of this rule, subject to good co-operation from everyone.  If we do not receive the required co-operation, we will unfortunately have to enforce the rule on leashes. What we require at the moment is –

  • It remains preferable that dogs should be on a leash.  The larger the dog, the greater the need to have it on a leash. (Even if your dog is harmless in your own eyes, other users do not know your dog and often feel threatened.)
  • A leash must in any event always be at hand for all dogs.
  • Unleashed dogs must at all times be under the immediate and effective control of the owner.
  • As a guideline, a dog should never be further than about 10 meters from its owner.
  • Dogs may never be allowed to chase or disturb animals in the conservancy.  This includes waterfowl in particular.

It is recommended that dogs play and swim only on the Western (Rayton) side of the dam, where there are usually fewer birds.

  • If your dog poops in the path, please remove it!!! No one wants to keep looking on the ground to avoid ‘landmines’.  It is acceptable to throw it into the veld.

Mountain Bikers

  • Please slow down when approaching walkers and/or dogs.
  • Stay on the existing paths.  Please do not create new paths or shortcuts at intersections.
  • MTB’s promote rutting and erosion, particularly when wheels drag or slide.  Kindly ride responsibly.

Algemeen

  • Onthou dat die bewarea eerstens ‘n natuurreservaat is en dat alle gedrag in die bewarea dienooreenkomstig moet wees.
  • Bly asseblief op die bestaande paadjies.  Moet nie in die veld loop of ry of nuwe paadjies maak nie.
  • Wees bedagsaam teenoor ander gebruikers.

Honde

Die bestaande reël is dat alle honde te alle tye aan ‘n leiband moet wees.  Ons het die toepassing daarvan egter verslap, onderhewig aan goeie samewerking deur almal.  As ons nie die nodige samewerking kry nie, sal ons verplig wees om die leibandreël af te dwing.  Wat ons tans vereis is –

  • Dit is steeds verkieslik dat honde aan leibande moet wees.  Hoe groter die hond, hoe groter die wenslikheid van ‘n leiband.  (Al is jou hond volgens jou oordeel skadeloos, ander mense ken hom nie en voel dikwels bedreig.)
  • Leibande moet in elk geval te alle tye beskikbaar wees vir alle honde.
  • Loslopende honde moet te alle tye onder die onmiddellike effektiewe beheer van die eienaar wees.
  • As riglyn behoort ‘n hond in elk geval nie verder as sowat 10 meter van sy eienaar te beweeg nie.
  • Honde moet nie toegelaat word om die diertjies wat nog daar voorkom te versteur of te jaag nie.  Dit sluit ook die watervoëls in.

Dit word aanbeveel dat honde net aan die westekant (Rayton kant) van die dam speel en swem, waar daar minder voëls voorkom.

  • As jou hond in die paadjie poef, verwyder dit asb!!!  Niemand wil heeltyd op die grond kyk om slagysters te vermy nie.  Dit is voldoende om dit in die veld te gooi.

Fietsryers

  • Ry asseblief stadig as jy stappers en honde nader.
  • Bly op bestaande paadjies. Moet nie nuwe paadjies of kortpaaie by aansluitings skep nie.
  • Fietse bevorder slote en erosie, veral as die bande sleep. Ry verantwoordelik asseblief.
Rules: English

General

  • Remember that the conservancy is first and foremost a nature reserve and all conduct in the conservancy must be accordingly.
  • Please remain on the existing trails.  Do not walk or ride in the veld or create new paths or trails.
  • Always be considerate towards other users.

Dogs

The rule is that dogs must be leashed at all times.  We have relaxed the enforcement of this rule, subject to good co-operation from everyone.  If we do not receive the required co-operation, we will unfortunately have to enforce the rule on leashes. What we require at the moment is –

  • It remains preferable that dogs should be on a leash.  The larger the dog, the greater the need to have it on a leash. (Even if your dog is harmless in your own eyes, other users do not know your dog and often feel threatened.)
  • A leash must in any event always be at hand for all dogs.
  • Unleashed dogs must at all times be under the immediate and effective control of the owner.
  • As a guideline, a dog should never be further than about 10 meters from its owner.
  • Dogs may never be allowed to chase or disturb animals in the conservancy.  This includes waterfowl in particular.

It is recommended that dogs play and swim only on the Western (Rayton) side of the dam, where there are usually fewer birds.

  • If your dog poops in the path, please remove it!!! No one wants to keep looking on the ground to avoid ‘landmines’.  It is acceptable to throw it into the veld.

Mountain Bikers

  • Please slow down when approaching walkers and/or dogs.
  • Stay on the existing paths.  Please do not create new paths or shortcuts at intersections.
  • MTB’s promote rutting and erosion, particularly when wheels drag or slide.  Kindly ride responsibly.
Rules: Afrikaans

Algemeen

  • Onthou dat die bewarea eerstens ‘n natuurreservaat is en dat alle gedrag in die bewarea dienooreenkomstig moet wees.
  • Bly asseblief op die bestaande paadjies.  Moet nie in die veld loop of ry of nuwe paadjies maak nie.
  • Wees bedagsaam teenoor ander gebruikers.

Honde

Die bestaande reël is dat alle honde te alle tye aan ‘n leiband moet wees.  Ons het die toepassing daarvan egter verslap, onderhewig aan goeie samewerking deur almal.  As ons nie die nodige samewerking kry nie, sal ons verplig wees om die leibandreël af te dwing.  Wat ons tans vereis is –

  • Dit is steeds verkieslik dat honde aan leibande moet wees.  Hoe groter die hond, hoe groter die wenslikheid van ‘n leiband.  (Al is jou hond volgens jou oordeel skadeloos, ander mense ken hom nie en voel dikwels bedreig.)
  • Leibande moet in elk geval te alle tye beskikbaar wees vir alle honde.
  • Loslopende honde moet te alle tye onder die onmiddellike effektiewe beheer van die eienaar wees.
  • As riglyn behoort ‘n hond in elk geval nie verder as sowat 10 meter van sy eienaar te beweeg nie.
  • Honde moet nie toegelaat word om die diertjies wat nog daar voorkom te versteur of te jaag nie.  Dit sluit ook die watervoëls in.

Dit word aanbeveel dat honde net aan die westekant (Rayton kant) van die dam speel en swem, waar daar minder voëls voorkom.

  • As jou hond in die paadjie poef, verwyder dit asb!!!  Niemand wil heeltyd op die grond kyk om slagysters te vermy nie.  Dit is voldoende om dit in die veld te gooi.

Fietsryers

  • Ry asseblief stadig as jy stappers en honde nader.
  • Bly op bestaande paadjies. Moet nie nuwe paadjies of kortpaaie by aansluitings skep nie.
  • Fietse bevorder slote en erosie, veral as die bande sleep. Ry verantwoordelik asseblief.

Activities in the 7 Dams

Some of the activities in the 7 Dams include:

  • Walking on the many paths, including with dogs on a lead;
  • Group walks for those not comfortable walking alone, or who do not know the area;
  • Guided walks on the ecology and culture of the area (free of charge) – contact Fred Kirsten at 083 205 0638 to make arrangements;
  • Running;
  • Cycling, and a number of mountain bike clubs use the area;
  • Birdwatching;
  • Picnics – but no fires please.

Map in relation to Bloemfontein

Map detailing entry into 7 Dams Conservancy