The Vaal Experience

The Vaal River starts in the Drakensburg Mountains and forms the border between Mpumalanga, Gauteng and the North West Province on its north bank, and the Free State to the south before joining the Orange River near Kimberley. The Vaal Dam is one of South Africas largest dams and has a wide variety of bird life. Gauteng visitors will be pleased to know that they can rent a car and drive 77km from the airport to a holiday destination next to the river or the dam.

Heaven on Vaal is one of the holiday destinations that offer accommodation, a wedding venue, golf tours, fishing and boat cruises on the river. They are situated in Vanderbijlpark. The fun thing about the river is that its wide enough to do river rafting; game drives can by taken near the river banks and its not isolated from creature comforts like many other outdoor adventures. The Emerald Casino is 30min away from Heaven on Vaal and the quaint town of Parys is nearby for shopping in the Artists Walk on the main road. A stay near the Vaal River promises something for everyone.

If the idea of a houseboat appeals to you, take the scenic route and admire the banks of the Vaal River from a Liquid Lounge houseboat. You can sleep and dine in style with a one- or two-night stay on one of the boats, which is perfect for a weekend away with the family, a luxury birthday party or a company trip.

Deneysville is the largest town near the Vaal Dam, but its still relatively small as the population is less than 2000 people. It is a popular weekend destination which attracts bikers for traditional breakfast runs at the restaurants. It also boasts four yacht clubs which often hold sailing races on weekends. Apart from boating fun, visitors can stay at the cottages overlooking the water and have a peek at the castle which is now a wedding and function venue.

(Image by Tim can Rooyen, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)


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