9. GREATER BRANDVLEI
Province: Western Cape
Capacity: 474, 046 megalitres
Travelling southwards, the Greater Brandvlei Dam is sandwiched between the R101 to Cape Town and the R43 to Hermanus. Greater Brandvlei Dam is an earth-fill type dam located on a tributary of the Breede River, near Worcester in the Western Cape. It was formed by joining the original Brandvlei Dam (Lake Marais) and the Kwaggaskloof Dam after reconstruction in 1989. Its main purpose is for irrigation use and the hazard potential of the dam has been ranked high.
The dam includes everything from grass, submerged weed, submerged and exposed shrubs, lay downs, standing timber, brush piles, stumps, reeds and willow trees. There are drop offs, humps, steep rocky banks, sandy banks, old roads and pump stations. It can come up very quickly and become unpleasant and even dangerous to boaters when a Westerly or North Westerly wind starts to blow. Anglers planning on launching a boat should be aware of the weather and heed the advice of launch officials.