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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

Site description Kamfers Dam is located 2 km north of Kimberley at the junction of three biomes; the Karoo, Kalahari and Grasslands. The dam is actually a non-perennial, closed-basin pan in a semi-arid environment, receiving water from three primary sources; its 160 km² catchment, 14 megalitres of treated sewage effluent from Kimberley per day, and half of the town’s stormwater. During 5- to 10-year dry cycles, the pan dries out between October and December, and fills between February and March. There is always permanent water at the south-western end of the pan, owing to the continuous inflow of sewage effluent, and this has resulted in the establishment of extensive beds of Phragmites, Typha, Scirpus, Juncus and Cyperus marsh, sedge- and reedbeds.

The Kalahari thornveld surrounding the pan is dominated by Acacia. Panveld grows on the water’s edge and lower slopes, and is characterized by plants that grow on heavy/brackish/saline soils. Unfortunately, invasive non-native plants (such as Tagetes, Agave, Argemone, Prosopis and Salsola) cover areas adjacent to the pan.

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 -

Other biodiversity None known to BirdLife International.

References Anderson (1994a,c), Anderson and Koen (1994), Koen (1993).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Kamfers Dam. Downloaded from on 01/08/2014

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