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90 minutes max to freshwater sporting bliss

Sun, sand and water skiing is but a stone’s throw away if you live in Cape Town or the surrounding Winelands.

Regulars at the Quaggaskloof Water Ski Club, know that the N7 is not the only road to freshwater sporting bliss. Turn your car in the direction of Worcester, and you’ll find the Quaggaskloof dam in a mountainous nook just 15 km outside town.

Boats, water skis, jet skis, fishing rods and inflatables…bring whatever you need to be part of the peak-season fun. Nature did its part with the vast sandy banks where the kids can run free. And as summer holidays in South Africa go, expect to make a couple (or a lot) of new friends.

The ins and outs

Twenty-five campsites on grass are all equipped with electricity. Two park homes are available for a little extra comfort (one sleeps eight, one sleeps four). The ablution block just received a fresh and funky face lift, complete with full bathroom in addition to five hot-water showers. Naturally, braai stands are abundant.

Safety first is non-negotiable, so all visitors can rest assured that fellow guests are held to the South African water safety rules, and that a safety officer is keeping an eye on the water during peak season.

Other peak-time extras include a tuck shop from time to time, refreshments at the clubhouse and bar, delicious meals if they’re ordered in advance, and on-site managers always ready to serve.

Looking for a function venue on the water’s edge? The clubhouse is available for your special occasion. Looking for a breakaway away from the crowd? Private homes next to the dam are available for holiday rental (but unfortunately not through the club).

For more information on tariffs, availability, South African water safety rules and other essentials, visit the Quaggaskloof Water Ski Club’s website here. If you still have questions, phone 023 340 4163 or send email to

At peak season it’s a festive affair.
Sand and sun away from the seashore.
Not only the kids who enjoy the shallows.
Beautiful scenery.
Lots of excitement.
For the young ones too.
Plenty to do for the kids, thanks to the shallows.
Water sport of a slower kind.
Plenty of braai facilities.
Grassy banks just close enough for convenience, just far enough for safety.
The park homes.
Newly upgraded ablution facilities.
Fresh and funky.
Even a bubble bath is not out of reach.
A view from the top.
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