Stompdrift Dam

Stompies Oord

Experience the clear blue skies and deep starry nights of the Klein Karoo 

Kampeer, Braai en Visvang

Klein Karoo Camping

At Stompies Oord, we proudly welcome you to the ultimate Klein Karoo camping experience. Our camp site consists of three lawn covered terraces - a total of 24 camp sites are available. The camp site is positioned on the high water mark of the dam. Each camp site has its own fire pit. Neat and clean Built Ablutions with hot showers, toilets and Safari Ablutions with cold showers and toilets are available.

So much to do!

The Stompdrift Dam is perfect for fishing, boating, skiing, kayaking, and swimming. So, remember to bring your own equipment (whether it's your boat, kayak, or fishing rod!) to fully enjoy all that this dam has to offer! For the birder, there are around 50 species in this area! Come for a day visit, braai and enjoy the outdoors, or perhaps stay over and experience all the vast Klein Karoo has to offer! This valley is a tourist paradise, with horse riding, hiking, 4x4 trails, and caving in the area!

Fishing and Angling

With a massive carp population in Stompdrift Dam, there are excellent carp fishing opportunities. We also have bass and a range of other fish species in this arid region. In fact, there’s a rich diversity of aquatic life, with carp and catfish the most common angling species caught here. The dam offers excellent angling opportunities for the avid angler.

“Die Stompdriftdam, die grootste dam in die Klein-Karoo met 'n kuslyn van 26 km en is 8 km vanaf De Rust geleë. Dit bied 'n ontspanne wegbreek in 'n pragtige omgewing vir buitelugliefhebbers, waar 'n wye verskeidenheid voëls insluitend Afrika-arend en lepelaars gesien kan word. Stompies Oord is die perfekte gesinsvenue om te swem en watersport te geniet.”


The Stompdrift Dam is in the Olifants River and is the largest dam in the Klein Karoo, with a 25km shoreline that cuts into the foothills of the Great Swartberg Mountain Range.

Nestled between the Swartberg and Kamanassie Mountain Ranges, Stompdrift Dam is surrounded by pristine hills and unspoilt vegetation, home to more than 2500 plant species and 50 bird species. The Stompdrift dam is situated 8km from De Rust. It offers a relaxing breakaway in beautiful surroundings for outdoor lovers, and excellent carp fishing opportunities. Take a cruise to explore the dam’s surroundings, where a wide variety of birds including African eagle and spoonbills can be seen. It is an perfect family venue for swimming and enjoying water sports. The dam offers a range of water sports including fishing, boating, skiing, paddle skiing, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, water skiing and angling. So, don’t forget to pack your fishing rod, bring your kayak or simply some swimwear to enjoy the Klein Karoo’s most famous dam!