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Vaal Dam & River

Sunset taken at the Vaal Dam

Vaal Dam & River

South Africa’s Vaal River flows through four provinces, namely Gauteng, the Free State, the Northern Cape and Mpumalanga. The river is the main tributary of the Orange River and is 1210km long. This magnificent waterway forms a boundary between the four provinces mentioned above and supplies water to the country’s industrial heartland.

The Vaal Dam was constructed in 1938 and lies 77km south of OR Tambo International Airport. The dam is South Africa's second biggest dam by area and the fourth largest by volume.

The Vaal River in Dutch means ‘drab’ or ‘dull’ and is aptly named because if its brown-grey colour. It has been divided into three catchment areas and has an 880km shoreline, which spans over three provinces. The shoreline is a favourite destination for water sports such as canoeing, paddle-boating, power-boating,jet-skiing, and fishing.

If you are in Pretoria, a 90 minute drive, or a short 60 minute drive from Johannesburg will bring you to this piece of paradise. If you happen to be an avid birdwatcher, then this is the place for you! Bring along your binoculars and your birding book and you’ll be sure to be impressed by the many species of birds that are found on the river. The river has something to offer for everyone – not only the biriding enthusiasts. During the summer, visitors enjoy swimming, skiing and sunbathing. As soon as the sun sets, the braais are lit under the starry skies. Autumn, winter and spring bring beautiful, misty mornings and quiet days – perfect for a still getaway.

Unless travelling with a tour operator, you will need a car to reach the Vaal and explore the many small towns along its banks. The Vaal is a year-round destination. White water rapids are best from November through January.

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Sleeps: 29 in 4 units/rooms

Lakeview on Vaal @ Vaaldelta Waterfront

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Vaal Dam

2.7km South West of center of Vaal Dam & River

Vaal Waterfront, penthouses, fully equipped, self-catering accommodation at Deneysville, straddling the Gauteng-Free State border, 60 mins from Jhb, 90 minutes from Pretoria.

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Vaal Prive

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Vaal Dam

2.8km South West of center of Vaal Dam & River

Vaal Prive is a luxury self catering holiday and water sports resort just 1 hour out side of Johannesburg on the banks of the mighty Vaal Dam. Our Villas are made up of luxury 3 bedroom 2 bathroom double story...

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Sleeps: 98 in 9 units/rooms

Klipkraal Self Catering Guestfarm (Gasteplaas)

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Heidelberg

13.3km North of center of Vaal Dam & River

Klipkraal Guest Farm (Gasteplaas) provides a variety of self catering accommodation in the Heidelberg area, close to the Vaal Dam in Southern Gauteng. Set snug in amongst the hills of the Suikerbosrand, Klipkraal Guest Farm offers the perfect sanctuary fr

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Sleeps: 54 in 12 units/rooms

Weltevrede Lion Farm

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Heilbron

26.1km South of center of Vaal Dam & River

The farm consists of six self-catering chalets. Four are situated close to the restaurant at the lion camp, for a more private stay you can choose our two chalets overlooking our 14 Ha dam in the game reserve.

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Sleeps: 30 in 15 units/rooms
From R 450,00
Per person, per night sharing.
* Rates may vary according to season

9 on Kromellenboog Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Sasolburg

31.7km West of center of Vaal Dam & River

9 on Kromellenboog is a guesthouse of distinction, with 15 luxurious rooms in a peaceful setting in Sasolburg. A business trip, holiday or just an overnight stay, with us you will find safe, tranquil accommodation.

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Asante Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Vanderbijlpark

32.3km West of center of Vaal Dam & River

Asante Guest House is situated in a quiet suburb of Vanderbijlpark. The rooms are spacious and offer the guest high quality finishing. Asante is within walking distance from the Emerald Casino and Resort on the banks of the Vaal River.

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At Olive Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Vanderbijlpark

32.5km West of center of Vaal Dam & River

At Olive Guesthouse in Vanderbijlpark is situated in a tranquil and secure environment. At Olive Guesthouse offers two en-suite rooms with bath and shower, kitchenette with fridge and fitted with air conditioning, as well as two...

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Sleeps: 16
From R 4 250,00
Per unit, per night.
* Rates may vary according to season

Sacred Ibis View

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Vanderbijlpark

37.0km West of center of Vaal Dam & River

A beautiful river-front retreat less than one hour from Johannesburg, suitable for the whole family! Situated on the banks of the Vaal River, between Sasolburg & Vanderbijlpark, near Stonehaven on Vaal. 4 x Double Bedrooms (3 en-suite).

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Hoep-Hoep Farmstay

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Heidelberg

42.5km North of center of Vaal Dam & River

Nestled at the foot of the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve your hosts Slappie and Margaret du Plessis look forward to welcome you to Hoep-Hoep Farmstay. Situated only 5km from the picturesque town of Heidelberg...

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Sleeps: 16 in 8 units/rooms

96 on Bree Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Heilbron

43.2km South of center of Vaal Dam & River

This newly renovated Four Star Guest House is situated in the Northern Freestate, on the Riemland Route (the Riemland, once known for the large numbers of game that roamed the plains in the 1800's).

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