The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Oviston

Oviston and Gariep Dam

Oviston with Gariep Dam in the background

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Oviston is a small town that is located on the southern bank of the Gariep Dam, which was originally called the Hendrik Verwoerd Dam.

The town was originally founded, in the 1960's, as a base for workers that were building the Orange-Fish River Tunnel complex which is used to divert water from the Gariep Dam to help irrigate other parts of the Eastern Cape.

The Oviston Nature Reserve is nearby and is home to a wide variety of mammals including Brown Hyena, Aardvark, Eland, Kudu and Chacma Baboon. There are two other nature reserves in the vicinity of the Gariep Dam. They are the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve and Tussen-die-Riviere Nature Reserve.

There are a number of recreational activities available on the dam and river including pleasure cruises, boating and fishing.

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Resedential street in Oviston

Above - Residential street

Photo © Johan van Zyl


Above - Oviston

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Things ewe never knewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Published: 2015 - Page: 163

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