|The bird hide at Marias Dam|
(Evidence of the school of Barbel can be seen swirling just below the water surface in this pic.)
The Marias Dam is located inside the Rietvlei Nature Reserve and acts as an upstream sludge-dam for the larger Rietvlei Dam. It is named after Mr Riaan Marais, who was appointed as Nature Conservation manager at the reserve on 1 May 1995.
The following video shows footage of the Barbel (catfish) in the immediate vicinity of the bird hide on the western banks of the dam. Angling is prohibited in this part of the reserve.
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The Rietvlei Nature Reserve has a very interesting history. Readers who are keen on learning more can download a document here, in MS-Word format (182 kb).