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.

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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.

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