The Gariep Dam is the biggest in South Africa. The dam is situated between the Free State and Eastern Provinces and covers more than 370 square meters when it is completely full and can store around 6000 million cubic liters of water.
The Gariep was officially opened in 1971, and four years later, was connected via a tunnel to the Great Fish River and the Sundays River Valley. The Gariep is also connected to the Orange River, known as the 'mother of all South African Rivers.'
The Gariep's size and beauty have transformed the dam into a popular tourist resort and a favourite spot among the locals. There is a hotel overlooking the dam and a number of chalets dotted around the water's edge.