Gariep Dam Accommodation

Located just off the N1 between Johannesburg and Cape Town, around the country's largest dam with the same name, Gariep Dam is a hidden rural gem that holds the title of the youngest town in South Africa.

Due to its convenient position and the excellent road network that connects the town to the Eastern Cape, North and South Namibia and Botswana, many motorists choose to break up a long journey by staying at one of Gariep Dam's lovely guesthouses for the night.

Surrounded by unsullied nature, the town offers visitors tranquillity, nature, good amenities and an abundance of outdoor activities. In fact, Gariep Dam was voted tourist town of the year in 2010.

The Gariep Dam Nature Reserve, opened in 1972, is a key attraction of the town. It is officially the Free State's largest nature reserve at around 38 000ha and is popular with anglers and boating enthusiasts. The reserve also accommodates the largest population of Springbok in any reserve in the country, and features Cape Mountain Zebra, Klipspringer, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest and Ostrich.

While undeniably quiet and tranquil, Gariep Dam is not short of leisure pursuits to keep active visitors busy. At the Dam itself, you can enjoy all kinds of water-sports, from jet-skiing to canoeing, wind-surfing and sailing. Fishing is of course another fixture, and the more serious fishing fanatics can take part in the Dam's annual fishing competition - The South African International Light Tackle Boat International Championship.

Other outdoor activities to take part in include Game viewing, Bird watching, Bowls, Tennis and Nature hikes. With so much to keep you busy, you could spend a good few days in Gariep Dam - settle in at one of the various self-catering establishments available and make it your home away from home.

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From R450 pps


View Lodge is the place to be if you want to experience a 180 degree view of the biggest dam in South Africa. Positioned in such a way View Lodge accommodation offers you a view with the sunrise direc... More Info

From R260 pps


Fishing sites, Tour threw Dam wall. Establishment 3km from dam. Restaurants, Boat cruises, Historical sites, Nature Reserve. ... More Info

From R300 pps


Situated halfway between Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban & Port Elizabeth lies Gariep Dam. Here you will find Gariep Poplar; a self-catering accommodation establishment offering 3 units sleeping up to... More Info

From R1400* unit

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Morning Glory Cottages is a charming little guest house situated adjacent to the Gariep Dam, Eastern Cape South Africa, en-route to the Eastern Coast. Situated in the "Hartland" of the Karoo on a work... More Info

From R90 pps


Siloam Village - situated at Lake Gariep, is shared by the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Free State. Lake Gariep is a water sport enthusiast's paradise, stretching 90km in length and 374 km≤ in s... More Info

From R750* unit


Waschbank River Lodge is the most spectacular spot on the breath-taking banks of the Orange River. One is instantly captivated by the sweet angelic melody of the ever flowing waters. Waschbank is n... More Info

From R450 pps


Stoneridge Guesthouse is neatly nestled on the hills of Gariep Dam and overlooks the intriguing, yet forlorn valleys of the Bo-Karoo. Stoneridge Guesthouse is centrally located and the ideal stopover ... More Info

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Gariep Dam Reviews

Gariep Dam
Nice, very quiet, save area.
- Ursula Luetticke

Gariep Dam
Pragtig na die goeie reŽn. Altyd die moeite werd om daar te vertoef.
- Philip Nieuwoudt

Gariep Dam
Nice little town. Could use more development. Prime location
- Elna Steyn

Gariep Dam
Nice place with lots to see with a restaurant that supplies good meals
- Dana Van Schalkwyk

Gariep Dam
Area was clean and well maintained
- John Wilson