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Reviewed 1 week ago

We are a family of 5 and camped for 4 nights at Gariep Dam Forever Resort. There were no issues or delays with check in and the overall look of the campsites were inviting with many shady, tree-lined sites. The effect of the drought was evident though as the grass sites were yellow and the dam was at a very...

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AdriaanHarper, General Manager at Gariep A Forever Resort, responded to this review

Dear Liezl W, Thank you for submitting a comprehensive overview. I must say the drought is a sore eye but luckily things are changing and we are thankful for the just more than 100mm of rain we received during the season. We are proud to say we have planted 384 trees this past year and will continue doing so. I...

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a relaxing peaceful place to stay. The self catering unit was clean and functional with good air conditioner. Best to bring your food as no options for restaurants etc. Would recommend for stopovers if u traveling ct to Jhb.

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AdriaanHarper, General Manager at Gariep A Forever Resort, responded to this review

Dear Nasia S, Thanks for the review. Great to hear you are satisfied with our refurbished chalets. Next time, please make sure you make use of the on-site restaurant for further convenience. Thanks for your recommendation!

Centurion, South Africa
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for 2 nights on our way to Cape Town. Lovely clean chalets. Lots to do for the kids. Entertainment at the swimming pool was excellent. Lovely place to stay! We will definitely return to Gariep forever resort.

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AdriaanHarper, General Manager at Gariep A Forever Resort, responded to this review

Hi JP, Thank you for reviewing us. It is great to get positive feedback. I am glad to hear you have enjoyed the entertainment provided during the holiday season. Looking forward in welcoming you back to our beautiful Resort.

Cuenca, Ecuador
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As an international traveller I have stayed in hundreds of places around the world and I always enjoy the Gariep Dam experience. This is my second family get together here. We camped and had a little house. Both types of accomodation are great. Well maintained and serviced and the staff are always helpful and friendly. The ablutions are clean. The...

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AdriaanHarper, General Manager at Gariep A Forever Resort, responded to this review

Dear Louise R, Thank you for making time to review our beautiful Resort. It is quite fascinating seeing 80+ "braai's" lit, with smoke above the tree canopy's making it look as if there is a fire somewhere on the Resort! Great to hear that you are making use of all the facilities, entertainment and activities. Travel safe and we hope...

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The location is what makes this resort the gem that it is. Situated on the banks of the Gariep dam it provides a spot that gives easy access to this beautiful part of South Africa. Facilities are clean and cater for a wide range of options, from camping to luxury self catering chalets equipped with AC and some amenities. Lots...

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AdriaanHarper, General Manager at Gariep A Forever Resort, responded to this review

Dear Traveller, Thank you for posting a review. It is great that you took some of your time to talk to us. Yes, Gariep is perfectly located on the border of three provinces! It was great having you staying here and wish to see you soon for a return visit. All the best for 2017!

Germiston, South Africa
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a lovely time relaxing by the pool and the properly was well maintained. The prices in the shop by the pool were very reasonable. Great views of the dam and we really enjoyed the cruise to the dam wall. I would definitely like to go back and visit again when passing through.

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AdriaanHarper, General Manager at Gariep A Forever Resort, responded to this review

Dear Sally J, Thank you for your positive review. We always enjoy hearing from our loyal guests. Glad to hear you enjoyed your boat cruise, now you have been on S.A.'s largest dam! Please do make sure you visit us again in future for an extended stay to ensure you experience the full peace and tranquility that Gariep has to...

Pretoria, South Africa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been staying at this facility for years and for five to six times a year whilst travelling with family and colleagues to the coast and Cape Town. It is the perfect stopover offering an onsite restaurant and self catering. The double beds are really small but I suppose OK for one night. The chalets have all receive a...

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AdriaanHarper, General Manager at Gariep A Forever Resort, responded to this review

Hi knowtel, Thanks for your review. Your comments are much appreciated and we will take up the matter of the "braai" grills and see how we can possibly improve them. We apologize for the TV reception, we thankfully had some rough weather, which we are so grateful for and expecting a DSTV specialist to inspect the lines and ensure they...

Durban, South Africa
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

Great stop between JHB and CT on the N1. Great location with a splendid view of the Gabriel Dam. Great food at restaurant and nice OK shop close by. Easy access via tar road. Pre booking essential. Good wood availabile at OK

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AdriaanHarper, General Manager at Gariep A Forever Resort, responded to this review

Hi Bhejanespecialevents, Thank you for the review. Yes, you said it, great location, perfectly central SA and with a view and no noise from the highway. We hope to see you aging soon for another peaceful stay. Enjoy your day.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 12 October 2016

This is a perfect camping venue and resort just off the N1 a short distance from Colesburg. The reception staff were very helpful and as we were late arriving and it was dark kindly offered us a chalet at a reduced rate to save us setting up camp for a night as we were in transit and leaving very again...

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AdriaanHarper, General Manager at Gariep A Forever Resort, responded to this review

Hi Xplora2015, Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Have a great day.

Gauteng, South Africa
Reviewed 30 August 2016

The chalet was perfect. It was very clean, had a great kitchen fully stocked (with granite tops), even the microwave, kettle & toaster looked new. The bathroom was modern & neat with a very practical layout. The bedrooms were a good size & the beds were comfortable & clean. Large TV in the lounge area. Very impressed to see the...

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AdriaanHarper, General Manager at Gariep A Forever Resort, responded to this review

Hi Travellingfamily371, Thank you for your review. It is always great hearing that people enjoy our lovely facilities and beautiful Chalets. We are looking forward in welcoming you back for that "longer stay" so you can experience even more of S.A.'s largest dam and it's scenic beauty. Adriaan

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Amenities

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
Things to do
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Tennis Court
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Gariep is the perfect stopover between Gauteng and the Cape, 180 km south of Bloemfontein, just off the N1. Situated on the banks of Gariep Dam, the largest dam in South Africa, and bordering the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve, it straddles the borders of three provinces, namely Free State, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape. The caravan park consists of 106 sites, all with electricity and serviced by two communal ablutions and a laundry. There are also 16 luxury caravan sites each with their own ablution facilities. Accommodation consists of 44 two or three bedroom chalets newly refurbished, and 12 luxury one or two bedroom chalets. Our on-site restaurant, the Quenna Bistro, can seat up to 120 persons, and boasts a ladies bar and outside deck with a splendid view. Activities and facilities include: tennis and a driving range, fishing (own equipment), kiosk and swimming pool. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Gariep A Forever Resort

Address: 1 Fiskaal Street, Gariep Dam 9922, South Africa (Formerly Aventura Resort Gariep)
Region: South Africa > Free State > Gariep Dam
Hotel Class:3 star — Gariep A Forever Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 56
Also Known As:
Forever Resorts Gariep Dam Hotel Gariep
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“If you have small children or elderly people with you choose a campsite close to the only ablution block/toilets.”
 of 5 bubbles liezlw2014, 9 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Luxury suites are better apparently. More geared for summer!”
 of 5 bubbles carlycrawford2016, 29 Jun 2016 | Read review
“All rooms are identical, trees block the view of the dam from most.”
 of 5 bubbles JohnyBlue77, 4 May 2016 | Read review
“Even the less pricey rooms are comfortable, but it's best to choose one closer to the pools to reduce walking distances.”
 of 5 bubbles merajc, 13 Jan 2015 | Read review
“All the chalets seems to be the same although there seems to be new luxury units. From a caravanning and camping point of view I will go for the luxury sites each with its own kitchen and bathroom. The other sites are also very nice with good communal ablutions.”
  • 2 bedroomed self catering chalet with lovely views over the dam
  • 3 bedroomed self catering chalet with lovely views over the dam
 of 5 bubbles SamvandenBerg, 7 Nov 2014 | Read review
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