Jozini Dam is known as a prime fishing destination with a vibrant population of sizeable tiger fish. The dam is also home to some wild animals, making for water safaris.
Jozini Dam is the third largest dam in South Africa, covering an area of 16 000 hectares.
Lake Jozini is located in a thin valley of the Lebombo Mountain Range in Northern Kwa Zulu Natal in South Africa. The lake was originally dammed in 1972 as a reservoir for irrigation needed for the crops that are farmed in this region of South Africa. However, Lake Jozini quickly became a popular fishing destination. Until 1983 the Jozini Dam remained below 12% in water levels however when the Demonia cyclone floods hit the area, it filled within three days. The Lake Jozini dam wall stands at 89 metres high and measures 515 metres long.
This great expanse of water is not only home to tiger fish but also to crocodiles, hippos, elephants, buffalo, zebra, giraffe, kudu, aquatic birds and an abundance of fish life including species such as catfish, yellow fish, barbel, carp and tilapia. In October every year, the famous Tiger Fishing Tournament is held.
As the N2 passes within easy reach of Lake Jozini, the area is easy to reach and makes for the ideal stopover on route to the variety of excellent game reserves and beaches in the vicinity.
At the northern end of the lake, the Pongola River flows into the Jozini Dam. Jozini Dam's fish populations are extremely well established with tigerfish weighing between 5 and 10 kilograms being regularly caught.
Jozini Dam is often compared Zimbabwe's Lake Kariba because of is great fishing and game viewing. The main attractions around Jozini are tiger fishing and game viewing, especially the elephant herds.
- Jozini Lake is over 16 000 hectares in size and is the third largest dam in South Africa
- Jozini Dam is located in the Lebombo Mountains on KwaZulu Natal's Elephant Coast
- Jozini Lake and Lake Kariba are often compared because of the spectacular fishing and water safaris these locations offer
- Jozini Lake is South Africa's premier tiger fishing destination
- Jozini Dam was originally built as a farm reservoir in 1972