The 300 sq. km Vaal Dam between the Free State and Gauteng is not only the main source of water to South Africa’s industrial heartland, it also is the inland water mecca of South Africa, offering boundless opportunities for all types of water sport. This and other vast water surfaces in this area offers one the opportunity to relax and revisit your plans for an unforgettable holiday in South Africa before you hit the road to anywhere in the rest of the country. Proximity to Gauteng allows you to reach this area within one hour from leaving Joburg. Excellent accommodation facilities and game farms, bush camp and camping sites for the adventure junkies cater for a wide range of preferences in order to accommodate all visitors’ needs and requirements.
There is more on offer to the outdoor enthusiast with hiking routes that vary from easy to rugged mountain rambles in the Vredefort Dome. Untouched San paintings and ruins of settlements of people who lived in the area during the iron age are to be seen on these trails. The Vredefort Dome, being the third largest meteorite site in the world, is worth visiting although being 200km in diameter it is difficult to visualise, except from the air. Rock climbing and abseiling can also be arranged in the Dome area. In the 19th century the area comprising more or less the present Heilbron, Frankfort, Petrus Steyn, Lindley and Reitz was known as the Riemland, named after the countless game herds which roamed the fertile velds – today the scene of prosperous stock farming which includes cattle, sheep, etc.
The visitor will find the Northern Free State as home to enchanting and sophisticated settings. Deneysville is known as the Gateway to the Vaal Dam, while with Frankfort on the banks of the Wilge River, Parys and Villiers alongside the Vaal and the city of Kroonstad straddling the glorious Vals River, there are indeed holiday and weekend destinations aplenty. If golf is your game, be sure not to miss out on a round at Parys’ Golf Island located in the midst of the Vaal River.
PLACES TO VISIT
Contact: Nanda Erasmus Tel: +27 16 976 2524
View high standard and exceptional art. Famous names such as Michael Heyns, George Boys and Phillip Badenhorst are household names in this Art Gallery. An outside tea garden and indoor restaurant with a cosy fireplace in winter offers the perfect meeting place for friends. Craft shop and oriental carpets and textiles.
Ettienne Rousseau Theatre Tel: +27 16 976 0673
A noted example of contemporary brick architecture. This facility regularly presents upmarket entertainment and offer only the finest in theatrical endeavors. A wide range of national and international performing artists regularly presents shows to offer entertainment for all preferences and tastes.
Contact: Gerhard van Greuning Cell: +27 83 564 7772
Tel: +27 16 976 4665
Eco-Trail Tourism Company presents different activities e.g.: Development of: Hiking Trails, Mountain Bike Trails, 4X4 Trails. They also construct obstacle tracks for team building events, Jungle Gym.
Regular Holiday Programmes are available at holiday resorts and nature adventure camps where children can learn and be exposed to survival skills.
Contact: Elsa de Lange Cell: +27 82 531 0780
Tel: +27 16 971 2222
This holiday resort offers fishing, bird watching, pool, pleasure boating and water sport.
Loesthof B&B Guest House
8 Billingham Street
Contact: Rita Loest Cell: +27 82 550 5155
Tel: +27 16 976 1715 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peace and tranquillity awaits the guest at this delightful self-catering establishment, which sleeps four people, ideal for small families or small groups of people visiting Sasolburg, on leisure or corporate visits.
1015 Mohokare Street, Zamdela
Contact: Emma Modise Cell: +27 73 321 5982
Experience a 2-bedroom township home. Mmasetjhaba is the Sotho word meaning ‘Mother of the Nation’. Feel at home and experience home-made African Cuisine.