Olifantsnek Dam

Olifantsnek Dam, is an arch type dam located on the Hex River, near Rustenburg, North West, South Africa. It was established in 1929.[1] The dam has a capacity of 14,200,000 cubic metres (500,000,000 cu ft) and a surface area of 272 hectares (670 acres), the wall is 30 metres (98 ft), and has a length of 129 metres (423 ft).[2] The dam serves mainly for irrigation purposes and its hazard potential has been ranked high (3).

Olifantsnek Dam
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Aerial view of Olifantsnek Dam taken during ISS Expedition 19
Official nameOlifantsnek Dam
CountrySouth Africa
LocationNear Rustenburg, North West
Coordinates25°47′03″S 27°15′36″E / 25.78417°S 27.26000°E / -25.78417; 27.26000Coordinates: 25°47′03″S 27°15′36″E / 25.78417°S 27.26000°E / -25.78417; 27.26000
Opening date1929
Owner(s)Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of damArch dam
ImpoundsHex River
Height30 m
Length129 m
CreatesOlifantsnek Dam Reservoir
Total capacity14 200 000 m3
Catchment area492 km2
Surface area272 ha

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Olifantsnek Dam – history and today".
  2. ^ "Catalogue of South African Dams". Department of Water and Sanitation. Archived from the original on 26 August 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2004.