Around Parys


Around Parys

Less than an hours drive from Johannesburg, you will find Parys, the Jewel of the Vaal River in the Northern Freestate. It is a quaint countryside town in the Vredefort Dome Area. Here you will experience a touch of old world charm and grace with many of the luxuries of the modern world and tons of warm friendliness from the people of the town.

Features in and around Parys are:

  • South Africa’s 7th World Heritage Site – The Vredefort Dome (the oldest and largest known meteor impact site in the world)
  • The Vaal River dotted with its numerous Islands
  • The largest indoor horse arena in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Anglo Boer War sites
  • Parys Museum
  • The largest wild olive forest in South Africa at Venterskroon
  • A distillery where traditional South African “witblits” (extremely strong spirits) is made
  • Craft Beer Brewery
  • Berry farm that hosts 65 cultivars of berries
  • Numerous Restaurants and Pubs – many with Live entertainment
  • Sought after Wedding Venues
  • Art Galleries, crafts, antique shops, Designer Clothing shops and Unique Gift shops
  • White water rafting
  • Zip-lining
  • Hiking trails
  • Horse trails
  • Fishing
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Skydiving
  • Stargazing
  • Archery
  • Teambuilding
  • Mountain biking
  • Quad biking
  • Abseiling
  • Bird watching

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