Oviston Nature Reserve


Extraordinary sunsets and landscape consisting of vast, open grassland with low “koppies” (small mountains) makes Oviston Nature Reserve truly part of South Africa’s “Big Sky” country. Situated in the north-eastern part of the Eastern Cape Province along the southern shoreline of the mighty Lake Gariep, Oviston covers an area of approximately 16 000ha and stretches from the dam wall in the west, to the Bethulie railroad bridge in the east. Lake Gariep, which spans the borders of the Free State and the Eastern Cape, lies approximately two hours south of Bloemfontein. The dam is more than 100km long and 15km wide with a surface area of about 360km² and a storage capacity of 5 673 8mil m³. The dam wall is 914m long and 88m high. As Oviston Nature Reserve forms part of the Karoo, it can get extremely hot during the day, followed by plummeting temperatures at night.


Applicable April 2024- March 2025:
Apies Bay Cabin: R374/night (off peak)
R402/night (peak)
Ihodi Camp site: R224/site/night (off peak)
R254/site/night (peak)
Komweer Lodge (sold per room, 2x2 sleeper rooms and 1x 3 sleeper room): R594/room/night (off peak)
R666/room/night (peak)
Conservation Fee applicable to both day and overnight visitors, payable in cash at the reserve upon arrival:

Self game viewing
morning drive R168 adult//R86 child
day drive R132 adult/R69

fishing R17 adult / R12 child

Nature Reserve is accessible by 4x4 vehicle

Self-drive game viewing
Walking trails
Rock art
Fishing (permit required from Free state Post office only)
Brown hyenas
Chacma baboons

Directions From Venterstad to Oviston Nature Reserve (approx. 13.7km, 16min):
Continue to R405 (2.1km)
1. Head South (86m)
2. Turn right (350m)
3. Turn right (350m)
4. Turn right (1.1km)
5. Turn left toward R405 (220m)
6. Turn right at the 2nd cross street onto R405 (450m)
7. Continue onto R58 (4km)
8. Turn right at R390 (4.1km)
9. Turn tight (3km)
10 Reached your destination
(Please consult your navigation system and the reserve prior to departing for your trip for more accuracy and up to date road conditions as these are only approximations and should only be used as a guideline)

1 Kiepersol Road
Venterstad  Eastern Cape  9798
South Africa
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