Gariep Tourism falls into the Gariep Municipal area. This area includes Venterstad/Oviston,
Steynsburg and Burgersdorp.
Business Bulletin Sept 2004 edition
development of the Lake !Gariep Tourism Route, various tourism related
projects around the lake were identified to alleviate poverty and to create
unique tourism products.
At Venterstad the Gariep Municipality received a sum of R2,8 million for the
Lake !Gariep Tourism Project in Venterstad and Oviston. With this funding
the following projects were funded:
upgrading of the caravan park at Oviston. The resort has been revamped and
is now known as Lake !Gariep Resort
Fishing project: This project is co-ordinated by a group of 24 local
fisherman. They have received training from
University of fishing with nets. This project failed to develop and was
put on hold for some time. It has now been re-started with the help from
House boat project: This project specialises in manufacturing in house
boats. One house boat has been completed and will be launched during
September. Unfortunately this project has run aground, but hopefully
something similar will be available in the future.
Centre: On the farm Kareefontein, where the town of Venterstad was
established nearly a century and a half ago a Cultural Centre was built.
This Centre is a place of heritage, art and beauty. Steeped in history, the
Centre will attract visitors with its stories on the legends of the area.
Once again this project never further developed and it is hoped that this
centre will become our local tourism centre shortly.
and Craft Project: Kuyasa is a dual purpose Centre for the aged and children
under 5 years. The people received training on arts and craft. The project
is also currently running a daycare centre for over 30 children in the
Oviston Clinic building.
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