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.

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
082 416 1913/ 063 801 8344
Lat: -30.61
Long: 25.8
Office hours
Weekdays :    08h00 – 16h30
Weekends:     07h00 – 19h00

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