Afrikaans name: Gariepdam
Gariep Dam is located on the Orange River and it is the largest dam in South Africa. It was commissioned in 1971 and was originally called the Hendrik Verwoerd Dam.
The dam wall is 88 metres high and holds back over 5 million megalites. It was constructed from 1.73 million cubic metres of concrete. The wall is 914 metres in length.
Gariep Dam is mainly used as a reservoir and for irigation projects in the surrounding area. It is a very popular tourist destination and is used for a variety of water sports.
There are a number of other attractions in the area including the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve.
Gariep Dam wall
Picturesque scene over the dam
The Orange River below the dam wall
References and further readingCountry Life - Issue 260 - Author: - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 56
go! - Issue 109 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 52
Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 201
Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 347
Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 227