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Harley Davidson group.

29 – 31 August 2014.

Gariep Kaskar Race.

10-12 October 2014.

Affordable lifestyle at Gariep Dam
for weekend
and retirement buyers.

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To get a better understanding of the size of the dam wall you must divide it into four parts.
Part one: the double curving arch 15 blocks high with the four 8ft outlet pipes. Part two: Two intakes at both sides of the wall. There are two 10ft outlet pipes on the Northern side with one 7ft pipe. There are four 24ft pen-stock pipes for power generation. The division has six flood spillway areas three on each side of the dam wall. Part three: The side blocks curving into the side hills for support of structure. Part four: Six large spillway shafts with the valves controlling the outlets. A massive apron was created downstream for the overspill.

The greatest civil engineering project in South Africa
The Orange River project was one of the greatest civil engineering projects in South Africa and constructed to supply in the growing demand of water and electricity. Gariep Dam wall was built to save water that would normally have flow to the ocean. Gariep Dam is the largest dam in South Africa with the Vaal Dam being second largest. With this project the flow of the river was better controlled providing a reliable water supply to the farmers and people next to the Orange River.
Big Hidro Electricity plant
Gariep Dam Eskom provides electricity to the ever-growing needs of the country with a hydro-electric power station running 4generators and feeding the grid. From Gariep Dam the water flows to the Vanderkloof dam with another hydro electric PowerStation generating more electricity.


Big Hidro Electricity plant
Gariep Dam Eskom provides electricity to the ever-growing needs of the country with a hydro-electric power station running 4generators and feeding the grid. From Gariep Dam the water flows to the Vanderkloof dam with another hydro electric PowerStation generating more electricity.


Big Orange River Fish Tonnel - One of the longest underground tunnels in the world.
Nearby we have the Gariep Dam fish tunnel "one of the longest underground tunnels in the world +/-80km's long" that sends water to the Great Fish River and Sundays River feeding the dry Eastern Cape with needed water. This tunnel gets inspected on the inside by a large vehicle easily driving through it from the one side to the other. Oviston was established as a town to provide the constructors of the Oviston tunnel with a lovely place to stay. The Venterstad town was also used by the tunnel workers with even Bethulie, Burgersdorp Steynsburg and Aliwal North nearby helping.

Big Stress
Yes, the power of the water is so strong the wall bends, move and gives a bit under pressure. Luckily it was designed to handle stress in this way. When the stress gets to much in Gariep Dam, the pressure gets releases through 8ft high 95t gates busting down three flood channels on each side of the dam spraying an arches of water with a relaxing rainbow mist into the air.

The big opening
While somewhere sceptic in predicting that the dam will never reach its full capacity it overflowed in 1972 with the official opening being March 1972.


Your big opportunity
Gariep Dam was established in the 1960s as a town to facilitate in the construction, maintenance and operation of the Orange River Scheme with the future plan of leaving South Africa with a "in the middle of the country" tourism oasis.

The town was managed by the Provincial Government of the Free State. Only in the 1994s the property was shifted to the Municipality with new opportunities for development grabbed by investors starting at 2000. This is proof in itself that Gariep Dam was a jewel given back to the people to explore and supply in the growing demand for tourism in the area.

The big question!
Who will be the next great Dr. Alfred Lewis of this area?

Lake !Gariep will always challenge you to do better en go bigger.
 
 
 
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