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Location Botswana, Kgateleng
Central coordinates 26o 0.00' East  24o 27.00' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 620 ha
Altitude 1,000 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife Botswana (Partner Designate)

Site description A reservoir constructed during 1990 and 1991 by damming a tributary of the Ngotwane river just south of the village of Bokaa, less than 20 km north of Gaborone. The body of open water stretches for some 6 km or more and is over 500 m wide at its maximum; it has a north-west side-arm where the Kopong tributary joins the watercourse formed by the Metsemotinaba, Gakgatia and Gamoleele and other tributaries. The dam is surrounded by Acacia savanna, which is used for grazing by many sheep, goats, donkeys and cattle, and away from the reservoir there are some cultivated areas. Some sections of the shore are open bare mud but there are patches of Cyperus, Phragmites and other emergent aquatic vegetation although this is rather sparse and degraded because of pressure from domestic stock. Although the reservoir has a perimeter fence this is broken in several places so stock have access to much of the reservoir edge. One point on the southern shore is used as a picnic site by weekend visitors. The west side of the north-west arm of the reservoir is fringed by taller trees which support a large mixed heronry.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Maccoa Duck Oxyura maccoa winter  440 individuals  A4i  Near Threatened 
Southern Pochard Netta erythrophthalma winter  605 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
tourism/recreation -
water management -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Bishop (1991–1996), Tyler (2001).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Bokaa Dam. Downloaded from on 29/08/2014

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