Why you Should Book Weekend Accommodation on the Vaal River


It is a fact that everybody needs some time out to rest and recharge those batteries, especially if you have a demanding job and a family. Those in Gauteng are never stuck for options, as Magaliesberg and Hartbeespoort Dam are close by, but after visiting these places numerous times, it may be time to find a new little spot of paradise and book accommodation on the Vaal River in Parys. There is so much to do here for everyone – from young romantic couples to busy families looking for a fun-filled rest with the kids, Parys has something for everyone.


The Vaal River is the second-longest river in South Africa and forms a vital source of water for the surrounding areas. This river is known for its willows, leafy grass banks and natural beauty, and the river itself provides a great source of entertainment for adults and children. Adrenalin junkies love to do river rafting or water skiing, while others choose the tranquillity of fishing in the quiet spots, and having a lovely braai at one of the many spectacular areas next to the river. On a hot day, it is great to laze on the banks and take a swim, and there are a great number of picnic gorgeous picnic spots where the willows softly dip into the water. Take out a row boat or a canoe and take in the sights from the water, or bring your stand-up paddle board along. There are many establishments that provide accommodation on the Vaal River and you will be spoilt for choice, but one of the most important places for young and old remains SunWa just outside Parys.


The Vaal Dam is nearby and here you can enjoy a multitude of water sports including swimming, fishing, boating, and skiing, and every year there is a round-the-island race, which is very exciting to attend. Booking accommodation on the Vaal River is essential if you want to attend this event.


Other Things to Do in Parys:


  • Cheetah Centre: About 10 km outside Parys you will find the Dell Cheetah centre that breeds cheetahs to prevent them from going extinct. Here you can have a cheetah encounter with one of these magnificent beasts and see them up close, while also helping the cause of this non-profit organisation.
  • Otavi Lion Park: Wildlife enthusiasts enjoy spotting cheetah, caracal, blackbuck, waterbuck, and the very rare African wild dog.
  • Vredefort Dome: Due to its scientific importance and significance this has been declared a World Heritage Site and it has the oldest crater discovered on the planet. Take some time to get in touch with some truly ancient times and feel the energy of this very significant crater.


How SunWa can Help


If you are looking for accommodation on the Vaal River, you simply cannot do better for the whole family than booking yourself into our establishment. Located just outside Parys on the green banks of the Vaal River, we provide a variety of accommodation types that will suit even the most discerning guests. You can choose between double-storey Canadian-style log cabins that can house the entire family, single-storey cabins for doubles or singles, and executive suites for those who are pickier about their accommodation. There are also other options, such as the Thorntree cottage, which is very private and well-appointed; or choose an en-suite room at the Duckpond.


On site, we also provide a wide range of exciting activities that include river rafting, quad biking, paintball, lawn games, and a variety of indoor games. Our guests are never bored and spending a day next to the river with the kids or family can be a really fun experience. In addition to providing accommodation on the Vaal River, we also regularly host functions and events that range from weddings and birthday parties to anniversary dinners. For corporate clients, we provide outstanding team building and conferencing opportunities, and we have a wide range of themed events and end-of-year function formats to choose from.


If you are looking to get away for the weekend or are in change of organising a corporate event for your organisation, why not contact SunWa’s friendly team to find out more about how we can help you? We look forward to hearing from you!