Barnfires Self Catering
Pack the chop, the dop, fishing poles and bait and head straight out to Barnfires, a 40 hectare farmland adjoining the Vaal River. Barnfires is a fully equipped self-catering farmhouse which sleeps eight. This beautiful little fishing spot is located close to Deneysville in the Free State Province and is only an hours drive from Johannesburg.
Farm Wilhelmina 776 Deneysville | +27 82 874 6578
Head to Oranjeville for the biggest catch of your life… or so they say. Be sure to pack a jacket along with that tackle box of yours, and maybe some paracetamol if you end up catching a cold instead of a carp or a scaly – or whatever it is the okes catch there these days. Accommodation is self-catering and the sleeping is somewhat rough… but that’s why we take the brandy…
19 Fouche Street, Oranjeville | +27 16 981 0873
Rus ‘ n Bietjie
Dust off the tent, clean off the braai and head to Rus ‘n Bietjie. It’s one of those places that takes fishing back to the basics. It’s all about minimalism here. Sure there is a clean shower and a john stocked with toilet paper but the whole self-catering and fishing vibe is what it’s all about. The fish bite readily here, so pack extra bait. Rus ‘n Bietjie has a 1.2 km dam front which allows ample room for all to prevent casters from crows nests and crossing lines.
|Willow Street, Deneysville | +27 16 371 2288|
ShawSide Accommodation & DBS Centre
Not in the mood for the whole camping thing? Then head to ShawSide and grab yourself a chalet for you and your mates. The beds are comfy, there’s a fully licenced restaurant and the fish are just waiting to be caught… and released.
By Shawn Greyling
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