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