Welcome to Gariepdam area.

You will enjoy spending time next to the biggest dam in South Africa!

Eating at Gariepdam

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Activities at Gariepdam

The biggest dam in South Africa offers lots of water sport opportunities.


You will find a variety of accommodation in Gariep Dam. The Gariep Dam area is known for its quiet and relaxed atmosphere fresh air and beautiful stars at night. It is a key attraction with tourists all over South Africa and the focus is on water sport and nature. Gariep Dam is the biggest Dam in South Africa and attracts fishing enthusiasts and boat lovers. It is surrounded by nature reserves with wildlife running on open plains.

The known 165km Gariep Route runs around the dam and it includes a stop at the 80km Oviston tunnel that is one of the longest of its kind in the world. With the 1km bridges running over the Orangeriver near Bethulie.

Find the place for you to relax and enjoy the upper Karoo.

Gariepdam Fly inn

Remote Control

Remember the Gariepdam Fly inn!!!
Have you ever seen a 2 meter remote control Jet (the spuing fire kind) at full speed?
Spoil the kids, family and friends. Bring them to experience the rush…
at Gariepdam Flying field… 19-23 Jun

Karoo Queen Gariepdam

South Africa’s largest dam welcomes the first-of-its-kind unique houseboat, providing an ideal central venue for family reunions, team-building, intimate weddings, or relaxing getaways with close companions.

Docked at the water’s edge, our splendid home away from home is furnished with all the luxuries and comforts you could ever desire.

Contact: Sonika Claassen
Call: 076 686 6873
Email: info@karooqueen.co.za
Website: www.karooqueen.co.za

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Property in Gariepdam | Oviston | Bethulie

R 490 000
3 Room
R 740 000
3 Room

Gariep Dam accommodation information.

Gliders visit Gariep Dam annually from all over the world to come and set new records with the best gliding conditions in the world with the proof of setting the longest distance travelled world record at Gariep Dam. The nearby nature reserve has one of the biggest black wildebeest herds in the world. There is a long water tunnel nearby. This tunnel is one of the longest tunnel in the world and is so long it was shaped to the curve of the earth and is so big they can drive through it inside.

The dam, also known as Lake!Gariep or Lake Gariep dam has a 165 km Gariep route running from Gariep Dam to Venterstad, Oviston, Bethulie and back, with even more other towns to visit in the area.

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The area has everything from luxury accommodation to the backpackers needs! Accommodation is available on the Lake Gariep Route with most of them situated near the dam or Orange River.

Social activities include
Cycling, running, swimming, hiking, 4×4 trails, fishing, great photo spots, dam wall tours, Eskom tours, fish hatchery tours, rich history area, boat trips, nature reserves, tennis, golf, sailing, canoe, motorboats, picnic and braai areas, fishing next to the orange river, quad bikes, game drives, river rafting, kayaks, paddle boats, gliding trips, bird watching, gift shopping, restaurants, put put, swimming pools, horse riding, rubber ducks and much more to do in Gariep Dam…. may I add FRESH AIR with CRISTAL CLEAR SKIES ideal for stargazing!

Planning a trip, a holiday or just a get away? Come and see why Gariep Dam and Karoo guesthouse accommodation is the best choice. Halfway between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

Clean air and a safe halfway stopover. Welcome to Gariep Dam and Karoo Guest houses.

With Lake Gariep there is always a new adventure waiting to be lived!

Gariepdam Map

Gariepdam Map in central South Africa

Sunset from Gariepdam town.

Gariepdam Google Map

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