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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Gariep Dam Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Gariep Dam Natuur Reservaat

Entrance to the reserve

Gariep Dam Nature Reserve

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Free State

The Gariep Dam Nature Reserve, also known as the Gariep Nature Reserve, lies on the northern shore of the Gariep Dam near the small town of Norvalspont. The reserve was previously known as the Hendrik Verwoerd Dam Nature Reserve.

The reserve is around 17,700 hectares in size although only 6,000 hectares are accessible to the public. The rest is used for breeding mammals such as Black Wildebeest and Springbok.

It experiences hot summers and cold winters. The landscape consists of plains covered in grass or scrub with hills breaking up the landscape.

Some of the mammals to be seen in the reserve include Black Wildebeest, Springbok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest and Klipspringer. It is not known as a good birding spot. The bird list is dominated by waterbirds due to the nature reserve bordering the dam.

Accommodation is available at various places around the dam.


Mammals of Gariep Dam Nature Reserve

Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Aardwolf

Antbear / Aardvark

Bat-eared Fox

Black Wildebeest

Black-backed Jackal

Black-footed Cat

Blesbok

Brown Hyena

Burchell's Zebra

Cape Clawless Otter

Cape Fox

Cape Hare

Cape Porcupine

Caracal

Chacma Baboon

Cheetah

Common Duiker

Eland

Gemsbok

Ground Squirrel

Kudu

Mountain Reedbuck

Red Hartebeest

Rock Hyrax

Scrub Hare

South African Hedgehog

Springbok

Springhare

Steenbok

Suricate

Vervet Monkey

Warthog

Water Mongoose

White Rhino

Wild Cat

Yellow Mongoose


Birds of Gariep Dam Nature Reserve

Please note that this list is not complete and is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.

Common Ostrich

Egyptian Goose

South African Shelduck

African Black Duck

Yellow-billed Duck

Crested Barbet

European Bee-eater

White-backed Mousebird

Speckled Mousebird

Red-faced Mousebird

Diderick Cuckoo

Little Swift

Speckled Pigeon

Laughing Dove

Cape Turtle-Dove

Red-eyed Dove

Ludwig's Bustard

Red-knobbed Coot

Common Greenshank

Black-winged Stilt

Crowned Lapwing

Grey-headed Gull

Osprey

Jackal Buzzard

Verreauxs' Eagle

Secretarybird

African Darter

Reed Cormorant

Little Egret

Cattle Egret

Hadeda Ibis

African Sacred Ibis

Bokmakierie

Pied Crow

White-necked Raven

Common Fiscal

White-breasted Cuckooshrike

Barn Swallow

White-throated Swallow

Greater Striped Swallow

Rock Martin

Common House-Martin

African Red-eyed Bulbul

Yellow-bellied Eremomela

Cape White-eye

Zitting Cisticola

Karoo Prinia

Eastern Clapper Lark

Karoo Thrush

Fiscal Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

Cape Robin-Chat

African Stonechat

Mountain Wheatear

Familiar Chat

Ant-eating Chat

Pale-winged Starling

Pied Starling

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver

Southern Masked-Weaver

Southern Red Bishop

Long-tailed Widowbird

Cape Sparrow

African Pied Wagtail

Cape Wagtail

African Pipit

Yellow Canary


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References and further reading

Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Year Published: 2006 - Page: 92

Chris and Tilde Stuart's Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Year Published: 1989 - Page: 154

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 130

Country Life - Issue 252 - Author: - Year Published: 2017 - Page: 46

go! - Issue 084 - Author: - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 42

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 201

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 312

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 294

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 108

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 16

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 58

Things to do in Moer & Gone Places - Author: Jacques Marais - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 53

eBird.org - Birdlist for Gariep Dam Nature Reserve

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