Nautical Adventures At The Vaal


If boat riding? Driving? Steering? If being behind the wheel isn’t for you then you always have the option of boat cruises where all the hard work is done for you and you have the chance to just lie back and take it all in.

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Boats are pretty classy but not all of us have one or the license to use one.  It’s not the end of the world though because one short weekend at the Vaal will leave you richer for knowledge, experience and boating skills.

If you are lucky enough to own a boat then you’re likely to be aware of the richness that the Vaal has to offer – and if you don’t, then you’ll surely be heading down there this weekend! River rafting, cruising plus the elegant art of fly fishing or bird watching are just some of the many amazing activities to choose from.

There are many restaurants dotted along the river banks, so if you’ve forgotten to bring a picnic basket you’ll still be sorted. In addition, there are various boat launching facilities and slipways all the way down the Vaal for your convenience. And for us boatless Joburger’s, never fear – there is still hope. We are all catered for in this magical strip.

A romantic or couple’s option would be the houseboats.  You can literally cruise and snooze! Ride the Vaal in the day and moor it safely to spend the night.

What I love is that the company that hires out the houseboats also offers a service which issues a temporary Skipper’s License or Certificate of Competency. Now you can be captain for the weekend. After a proper briefing and making sure that you have read and understood all the terms and conditions off you go. This applies only to the houseboats, though. The high-powered ones need a little more studying and practice. After all, you don’t become James Bond in a day…

Various venues along the Vaal are perfect for weddings, conferences and other functions and provide stunning accommodation.

Stonehaven on Vaal offers five different types of rivers cruises of varying lengths. When I say luxury I mean open top deck with sun loungers and jacuzzi, sipping on complimentary sherry as you float down Millionaire’s Mile – a stretch of river dotted with exquisite homes. Once you’re done cruising, why not pop into their pub, restaurant or wine cellar?

So if you haven’t managed to book a December at the coast, reconsider the Vaal for a lekker local water getaway.

By Samantha Snedorf

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