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A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses at the Vaal Dam, South Africa

General Information

The Vaal Dam is a popular tourist area located in the Northern region of the Free State, South Africa.  It was constructed in 1938 and is South Africa's fourth largest dam by volume and has a shoreline spanning over 800kms.  The dam is bordered by three provinces: the Free State having the longest stretch, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

Lying on one of South Africa's strongest-flowing rivers, the Vaal River, the dam is very popular with water sport enthusiats.  There are three yacht clubs and two marinas here, all providing endless entertainment for visitors.

Annually the Round the Island yacht race is held on the dam, which attracts visitors from all over.  The atmosphere is vibrant in season with all the events, festivals and fun competitions going on.

The banks of the Vaal Dam offer prime real estate, and the area is sought after with it offering the tranquillity needed to escape city life.  

Deneysville is the largest town on the Vaal Dam and provides a shopping centre for the area.    

Accommodation 

There are many accommodation options available here, from self-catering units, bed and breakfasts to camp sites.  Each one brings with it something unique and peaceful.  

Please see the accommodation directory for more information.

Activities

The Vaal Dam offers many things to do to keep the whole family entertained.  Some of the activities are as follows:

  • Various water sports - water skiing, canoeing, sailing, kite surfing
  • Bird watching
  • Deneysville Golf Course
  • Casino
  • Vaal Dam Nature Reserve

Fishing is a popular past-time on the dam with many different species of fish being caught.  Please see the activities directory for more information on all there is to do at the dam.

Restaurants 

There are many restaurants on offer to suit every visitors budget.  There is a great selection of places to eat, coffee shops and pubs to choose from around the Vaal Dam.

Businesses

The local businesses offer good quality products with the range of shops, stalls and curio-shops in the area. Please view the business directory for a list of all the businesses in the area, or add your own free business listing.

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