Below we have information on and history of Gariep Dam. The SunRose Group offer accommodation in Gariep Dam and Oviston at number of locations, please view the guesthouses and the accommodation options on this site. Below some information on Gariep Dam.
Hot in summer with temperatures reaching around 39 degrees Celsius.
Very cold in winter with the temperature plunging to below -10 degrees Celsius.
The Gariep area is famous for being the host to the large and harsh British “Boer War” Concentration camp.
The Concentration Camp cemetery can be seen on the R58, about 4 km’s right at the Gariep Dam intersection on the Venterstad / Colesberg road.
The Gariep dam is the largest dam in South Africa and was built in the 1970’s with the primary goal to tame the mighty Orange River and supply water for agriculture to a vast area of South Africa.
Gariep Dam is one of 3 such dams on the Orange River and its catchment area is the Lesotho Highlands.
It’s a spectacular sight when the Gariep Dam overflows; this happens on average every approximate 10 years.
Water is released from the upper dam area at Oviston into a long 56 km tunnel that connects into the “Fish River” From there the water is distributed to various dams and rivers with the primary goal to supply water to the farmers for irrigation purposes.
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