BlueGnu - Explore South Africa's many tourist attractions

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.

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.

Top

References

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

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

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 261

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

Got a comment about the content on this page?

Copyright Steven Herbert Projects, 2013 - 2020. All rights reserved.

Privacy Policy - FAQ - Terms of use