Chelmsford Nature Reserve

    KZN Wildlife (Contact Person)
    (034) 351 1753 (Telephone)
    072 800 0832 (Mobile)
    (034) 351 1755 (Fax) (Email)

Physical Address

Normandien 2942

Postal Address

P. O. Box 3


Chelmsford Nature Reserve is situated on the Ngangane River in northern KwaZulu-Natal less than three hours drive from Gauteng. It is the third largest dam in KwaZulu-Natal and is an excellent venue for swimming and relaxing in the sun as well as enjoying various water sports, including water skiing, jet skiing, kite surfing, canoeing and boating. Fresh water fishing provides excellent opportunities to catch carp and scalies. The nature reserve offers excellent game viewing opportunities, with large herds of springbok, blesbok and red hartebeest, as well as a significant population of the rare and elusive oribi antelope. Chelmsford boasts two fully electrified campsites, Leokop with 10 sites and Sandford with 21 sites, which are placed with views of the dam and the waterfront. Tents and caravans can be accommodated and barbecue facilities are available. The modern ablutions have hot showers and baths, flush toilets and basins with washing facilities for dishes and laundry. Chalet accommodation is also available.

Getting There

26 km from Newcastle on the Ladysmith-Newcastle Road. The dam is situated on the Ingangane River.