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Vaal Dam & River

  • Sunset taken at the Vaal Dam
Sunset taken at the Vaal Dam  © Etienne Labuschagne, License

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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Lakeview on Vaal @ Vaaldelta Waterfront
Guest Rating: 8.6
Sleeps 29 in 4 units
From R 400
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Lakeview on Vaal @ Vaaldelta Waterfront

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Vaal Dam

Northern & Eastern Free State

0 Km from 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.

Vaal Prive
Guest Rating: 8.8

Vaal Prive

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Vaal Dam

Northern & Eastern Free State

0 Km from 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...

Loch Vaal Cottage
Guest Rating: 9.6
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 800
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Loch Vaal Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Vanderbijlpark

Sedibeng - Southern Gauteng

0 Km from Vaal Dam & River

Situated in Vanderbijlpark, Loch Vaal is a fully equipped air-conditioned cottage ideal for boating / water-sports enthusiasts. Sleeps up to six.

Sacred Ibis View
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 16 in 1 unit
From R 5250
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Sacred Ibis View

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Vanderbijlpark

Sedibeng - Southern Gauteng

0 Km from 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).

Asante Guest House
Guest Rating: 9
Graded:
From R 595
Per person, per night sharing
* Rates may vary according to season

Asante Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Vanderbijlpark

Sedibeng - Southern Gauteng

32.3 Km from 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.

The Stone Cellar
Sleeps 34 in 3 units
From R 2400
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

The Stone Cellar

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Heidelberg

Sedibeng - Southern Gauteng

44.1 Km from Vaal Dam & River

The Stone Cellar provides self catering or bed & breakfast accommodation. The old-style farmhouse is perfectly suited for that big family get together.

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