Spanning Three Provinces

Although Gariep Dam is the country’s largest dam and a water sport haven hosting a number of national and international championships, including annual sailing regattas, it is still a rural gem. The dam lies on the Orange River, just off the N1, between Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The ‘Lake !Gariep Route’ runs around the dam, ulitizes several regional routes, spans three provinces and incorporates three nature reserves :



  • Eastern Cape
  • Free State
  • Northern Cape

Nature Reserves

  • Gariep Nature Reserve
  • Oviston Nature Reserve, 
  • Tussen-die-Riviere Nature Reserve 

The Lake !Gariep Route is 150 kilometers (93 miles) long.

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