When you drive past the Gariep Dam, why not pull off the N1 and stretch your legs at River Destiny Lodge for a spot of fishing.
RIVER DESTINY LODGE From the banks
River Destiny Lodge is on the banks of the Orange River where the N1 runs over the water between the Free State and the Northern Cape. The resort is on the Cape side and the Gariep Dam is upstream with the Vanderkloof Dam further down in the direction of Hopetown. The stands start as you drive into the campground, about 100 m before the river, and are to the left of the road opposite a hall. The lawn has big shade trees and there are 16 standard three-prong sockets spread out around the hall. On the other side of the building are four more stands all along a fence, also on grass and with electricity. The bathrooms with laundry facilities are at the bottom end of the hall.
Here you’re spared the trouble of driving tent pegs into hard ground: you can almost push them into the soil. And yet, the soft earth offers adequate purchase during a strong wind.
A steel braai is available, but you can also make a fire in the boma next to the laundry. The boma has benches around it so everyone gets to share in the warm glow of the fire. Reception is between you and the river and the pool is on the other side of the office. If you don’t feel like cooking, there’s a restaurant opposite the office. From here a wooden deck runs down to the river to another deck that stretches over the water. You can cast from the riverbank and try to hook yellowfish and carp.