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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 dam near the small town of Norvalspont. The reserve was previously known as the Hendrik Verwoerd Dam Nature Reserve.

Accommodation near Gariep 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.

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.


Antbear / Aardvark

Bat-eared Fox

Black Wildebeest

Black-backed Jackal

Black-footed Cat


Brown Hyena

Burchell's Zebra

Cape Clawless Otter

Cape Fox

Cape Hare

Cape Porcupine


Chacma Baboon


Common Duiker



Ground Squirrel


Mountain Reedbuck

Red Hartebeest

Rock Hyrax

Scrub Hare

South African Hedgehog





Vervet Monkey


Water Mongoose

White Rhino

Wild Cat

Yellow Mongoose


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: 164

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

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

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