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Location South Africa, Northern Cape
Central coordinates 24o 46.00' East  28o 44.00' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 400 ha
Altitude 1,170 m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

BirdLife South Africa

Summary Kamfers Dam is located six km north of Kimberley and is a permanent wetland due to a continual increase in sewage effluent inflow. Kamfers Dam occasionally supports extremely large numbers of resident, migratory and nomadic birds. It regularly holds large numbers of Greater and Lesser flamingos.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiaca winter  6,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
South African Shelduck Tadorna cana winter  92-500 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Black-necked Grebe Podiceps nigricollis winter  900 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus winter  1,208-18,000 individuals  A4i  Least Concern 

Local conservation groups The local conservation group below is working to support conservation at this IBA.

Name Year formed
Save the Flamingo 2008


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Grassland - Semi-desert  -
Wetlands (inland) Artificial wetlands; Ephemeral pools and wetlands  major
Shrubland Scrub - woodland  major

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%
tourism/recreation -
water management 70%
unknown -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kamfers Dam. Downloaded from on 21/09/2014

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