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Hardap Dam

Hardap Recreation Resort, situated at the largest dam in Namibia, is one of the most popular holiday resorts in the country.

With a surface area of 25 sq km the Hardap Dam is an impressive sight in the surrounding arid landscape.  It lies on the upper reaches of the Fish River, 254 km south of Windhoek and 24 km from the town of Mariental The dam is a paradise for all water sport enthusiasts, including Bass anglers. Fishing is excellent for kurper, barbel, yellow-fish and carp, largemouth bass have been caught but are not plentiful.

Angling competitions are a regular feature and angling permits can be obtained from the camp office. With many inlets and small islands this man-made lake provides plenty of structure. The lake is also a safe breeding place for a large variety of birds, including flamingoes, fish eagles, goliath herons, reed cormorants and osprey.




320 million cubic metres, surface area 25 km2.


Yes at the Hardap Dam Resort.

Fish Species Available

Largemouth Bass, Carp, Kurper, Barbel, Yellow Fish.


Being a very arid area visinble structure in the form of trees and bushes is not plentiful. Structure in the dam is mainly drop-offs and rocky points, islands and bays. Some grass and reeds can be found in the backs of inlets.

Recommended Lures

Soft plastics should work well, cranks resembling the local baitfish and spinnerbaits.


The rest camp itself is perched high above the northern shore of the dam and provides an unforgettable view of the wide expanse of water. There are both 5-bed and 2-bed bungalows with a fridge, hotplate (only in the larger bungalows), and hot water shower. In addition there are dormitories with 10 beds each, and these are close to convenient communal facilities and field kitchens. Accommodation is now b&b based, no more self catering is allowed at any Government managed resorts in Namibia.

The resort also has a shady caravan park, a swimming pool and a playground. Pets are not allowed in the resort but there are kennels available at the gates. Owners are responsible for their care. Licensed restaurant in the rest camp has a unique situation overlooking the dam. It is open seven days a week for all meals, and especially its fresh fish specialties are very popular. For the convenience of visitors there is also a shop that stocks fresh produce, groceries, liquor, fire wood, souvenirs etc.




Boats are prohibited in certain areas of the dam to protect the wildlife.

Contact Numbers

Namibia Tourism Reservations: (+264) 061 23 6975
Park Office: (+264) 063 24 0381

Bank Fishing Potential

Bank fishing is possible.

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