Vet River

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Vet (Geigoub)
Bloemhof Dam. View from the Freestate side.jpg
The Bloemhof Dam, at the confluence of the Vet with the Vaal River
Name origin: Translated into Afrikaans from its Khoekhoe name Geigoub, meaning 'great fat'.[1]
Country South Africa
Region Free State
 - right Sand River
 - location Between Marquard and Clocolan
 - elevation 1,269 m (4,163 ft)
Mouth Vaal River
 - location Bloemhof Dam
 - elevation 1,241 m (4,072 ft)
 - coordinates 27°41′S 25°40′E / 27.683°S 25.667°E / -27.683; 25.667Coordinates: 27°41′S 25°40′E / 27.683°S 25.667°E / -27.683; 25.667
Location of the Vet River mouth

The Vet River (Afrikaans: Vetrivier) is a westward-flowing tributary of the Vaal River in central South Africa. Its sources are between Marquard and Clocolan and the Vet River flows roughly northwestwards to meet the Vaal at the Bloemhof Dam near Hoopstad.

Erfenis Dam was built on this river in order to provide water for the town of Theunissen.[2]


Its main tributary is the Sand River which joins it from the right.

The actual Vet river is formed at the confluence of the Klein Vet and the Groot Vet upstream from the Erfenis Dam.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dictionary of Southern African Place Names
  2. ^ Op pad in Suid-Afrika. 1995. Bl 263
  3. ^ Middle Vaal WMA 9

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