Theewaterskloof Country Estate is situated in an area of vegetation, called the Renosterveld, but the surrounding mountains have an exceptionally large variety of Fynbos.
In the early 1990's Theewaterskloof dam was one of the prime large and small mouth bass lakes in the country. Specimens of record size were regularly caught in national and local bass competitions. With the illegal introduction of carp and barbel as well as pollution and the uprooting of trees the bass almost disappeared. Over the last couple of years the bass, especially the large mouth bass, are making a comeback and numbers are steadily increasing. According to a survey on South African dams done by the South African Bass Angling Association, the dam is of prime importance for bass fishing.
The Estate advocates the planting of indigenous plants in order to conserve water and to encourage bird life. Over the past couple of years the number of birds and different species on the Estate and surrounding areas have increased dramatically. Sixty different species were identified. Amongst the most frequent seen birds are the Cape Sugarbird, Cape Robin, Karoo Prinea, Hadeda and of course the Egyptian Goose. The up to date bird list can be down loaded from this website.
When traveling to the Estate over the Franschhoek pass, you may encounter Mountain Zebra, Eland and other wildlife on the shores of Theewaterskloof dam. If you go for a walk around the Estate early in the morning you might be one of the lucky people to spot a lonesome little bokkie that visits the Estate at night and returns to the bush above Bumsy Bay during the day.

"The Dam was at 100,0% full on 15 November 2021."


   Dam Level Update