Littered with low lying mountains, expansive grassland views and horizons that burst into flames as the sun sets behind them, the Oviston Nature Reserve is a protected area covering a distance of 16 000ha’s on the southern side of the Gariep Dam. Home to a selection of antelope species as well as the Cape clawless otter, African wildcat, the Cape hare, Cape porcupine and mongoose, visitors are spoilt with a variety of wildlife sightings as well as typical water sports enjoyed on the dam. Gariep Dam is perfect for watersports, boating and swimming and is an excellent fishing destination. Anglers can hope to land Largemouth Yellowfish, Orange River mudfish, moggel and Sharptooth Catfish. The highlight of a day at the reserve is a sunset cruise on the peaceful dam.
Activity Permits

Activity permits are temporary form of permission giving private operators approval to host lawful activities within the protected area/ nature reserves.

These activities range from lifestyle events such as weddings, music festivals to adventure and nature based activities such as trail running, cycling, horse riding, canoeing etc. For more information, and to apply for an activity permit, please contact Ms Siyasanga Mabuyane or Mr Bulelani Silangwe at Siyasanga.mabuyane@ecpta.co.za or bulelani.silangwe@ecpta.co.za

Please be advised that an approved activity permit can only be used once for the event/activity applied for.

General Information

Apies Bay Cabin (Off-Peak)
Apies Bay Cabin (Peak)
Ihodi Camp Site (Off-Peak)
Ihodi Camp Site (Peak)
Komweer Lodge (sold per room, 2x2 sleeper rooms and 1x 3 sleeper room) (Off-Peak)
Komweer Lodge (sold per room, 2x2 sleeper rooms and 1x 3 sleeper room) (Peak)


  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Self-drive game viewing
  • Mountain biking
  • Hiking
  • Walking trails
  • Bird watching
  • Picnicking

Nearby Attractions

  • Gariep dam wall
  • Bethulie railway bridge
  • Oviston tunnel
  • Anglo Boer war sites
  • Blokhuis
  • Orange fish tunnel
  • Jobhuis - contemporary art
  • Philippolis Old Jail

Contact Info

Reserve Number
Reserve Manager
Lat: -30.61
Long: 25.8
Office hours
Weekdays :    08h00 – 16h30
Weekends:     07h00 – 19h00

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