#1403: South Africa, Freestate

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    Need a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life?  The peace and quiet of this little town will capture your heart, and you will experience nature in its purest form. It is also a fisherman’s dream! All fishing spots are a mere 1 to 1.5 kilometers away. 

    Oviston is a charming two bedroom holiday home unit with a large open plan lounge. 

    It has a large bathroom with a shower, toilet and basins. 

    The second bedroom has brand new single beds with “ice white” linen while the main bedroom has two single beds pushed together under one headboard. 

    The accommodation features a cottage-styled kitchen, with open plan lounge and charming old fashioned steps leading onto a quaint plunge pool. 

    All rooms and lounge have air conditioners. 

    This unit can sleep up to 4 Adults.  

    The outside braai and pool area is situated on a huge entertainment deck area and has a lovely 180 degree dam view (bring own braai-wood). 

    This is a fully equipped holiday unit with everything you might need for a self-catering stay.

    There is a a secure garage parking for your vehicle.







    Car needed yes
    Car available no

    The peace and quiet of this little town will capture your heart, and you will experience nature in its purest form. 

    This location is any fisherman’s dream, with all fishing spots being a mere 1 to 1.5 kilometers away.  The Orange River has become a fly-fishing mecca due to the abundance of both Yellowfish species. Some of the species found are largemouth yellowfish, smallmouth yellowfish, Orange River mudfish, moggel, sharptooth catfish, chubbthead barb, carp and many more. 

    The Oviston Nature Reserve is nearby is in the northeastern part of the Eastern Cape Province along the southern shoreline of the mighty Gariep Dam (formerly known as the Hendrik Verwoerd Dam). It covers an area of approximately 16,000 hectare of unspoilt wildlife area to include aardvark, aardwolf, African wild cat, bat-eared fox, black wildebeest, black-backed jackal, blesbuck, brown hyena,Burchell's zebra, Cape clawless otter, Cape fox, Cape ground squirrel, Cape hare, Cape porcupine, caracal, chacma baboon, duiker, eland, kudu, mountain  gemsbuck, red hartebeest, rock dassie (rock hyrax), scrub hare, small-spotted cat, small spotted genet, Smith's red rock hare, southern  springbuck, steenbuck, suricate, vervet monkey, water mongoose and yellow mongoose, and many more.  Oviston is 7 km from the reserve entrance. 

    The Orange River is close and offers the ideal setting for sunset cruises. The area surrounding the lake gives mountain bike enthusiasts open stretches with rides into the Oviston Nature Reserve. This is a bird lovers' paradise, with a wide variety found on the farm. Rarities include African fish eagle, black eagle, blue crane, secretary bird, steppe buzzard, kingfishers and many moreA holiday at Oviston is any fisherman’s dream, with all fishing spots being a mere 1 to 1.5 kilometers away.  Great escape from the huzzle and buzzle of the city life - the peace and quiet of this little town will capture your heart, and you will experience nature in its purest form.


    1 bed | sleeps 2 | 1 shower

    bedroom 1: 1 x double

    Simonz double bed with ice white linen

    shower 1: shower, toilet

    1 bed | sleeps 3 | 1 shower

    bedroom 1: 1 x double, 1 x single

    shower 1: shower, toilet


    central heating air conditioning fireplace telephone
    fax machine internet access linen towels
    sofa bed baby high chair baby crib hair dryer
    disable friendly computer available wifi sauna / steam room
    gym indoor pool ceiling fans high speed internet
    home security gated community water view lift /elevator
    oven hob / stove dishwasher washing machine
    clothes dryer fridge freezer microwave
    coffee maker toaster iron & ironing board condiments/essentials
    tv vcr cd player/hi-fi dvd player
    cd library video library dvd library cable / satelite tv
    ipod dock      
    parking garden / yard shared pool balcony/terrace
    outdoor grill private hot tub outdoor furniture private pool
    shared hot tub garage beach / water front canoe/cayak
    nanny /babysitting caretaker housekeeper cook
    gardener doorman resort privileges  

    House rules

    1 bed | sleeps 2 | 1 shower (4 to 5 credits)
    high season, low season
    1 bed | sleeps 3 | 1 shower (4 to 5 credits)
    High Season, Low season
    Cleaning included yes

    No Smoking inside

    No Pets



    Fishing (5 minutes walk)

    Hiking / Walking


    Boating /Sailing


    Restaurants (5 minutes drive)

    Wildlife Viewing

    Bar /Pub

    Place of Interest

    Getting there

    From Bloemfontein:  Exit at road R58 Gariep Dam/ Venterstad.  Follow the Gariep Dam road and go past Aventura and over the dam wall.  After the power station, on the left, there is a sharp turn (drive slow - very dangerous) to the right, at the T-junction go to the left towards Venterstad. (Drive very carefully and be on the lookout for Kudu and other animals especially after dawn on the road!)   About 10km after the horse farm (Gelykfontein) you will come to a four-way crossing – go left towards Oviston (straight is Venterstad and right is Steynsburg) Turn Left at T-junction towards Oviston, after 100m turn Right  follow the road into Oviston.   When in Oviston, turn right, at the CellTower towards the dam. Follow the street for 600 meters, turn left by the AGSChurch and you will find – the house gate (no 2) is right next to the Church.  

    Oviston Holiday Home

    Central South Africa at its best!

    At a glance

    Property House/Villa (vacation home & rental property)
    Exchanges Credits Exchange
    1 bed | sleeps 2 | 1 shower (4 to 5 credits) per week
    1 bed | sleeps 3 | 1 shower (4 to 5 credits) per week
    Guests 5
    Min stay 7 days
    experienced exchanger

    About this member


    Member since: May 2016

    About me

    I live in a stunning quaint holiday village some 50 km from Port Elizabeth, a city on the Eastern side of South Africa named Colchester.

    Wilma, my better half, and I live in a luxury home (that I built myself) situated on the banks of the Sundays River Mouth.

    We have converted our home into a Guest House as well as having a seperate AA Superior rated guest house on the riverfront property.

    I'm primary a financial advisor who has been in the Finance industry for over 40 years and trade under the name of Robin van den Berg & Associates Financial Advisors.

    Secondary to that, Wilma and I own and run 19 Guest House units, mainly in a town in central south Africa, on the banks of South Africa's largest lake, Lake Gariep.

    Although I'm well over age 60, I have no plans to retire, simply enjoying my life and all the action related to it.

    My hobbies include fishing and riding my Yamaha Jetski on the mighty Gariep Dam Lake. Lots of fun in the sun.