The Vaal Dam constructed in 1938 is a popular tourist area located in the Northern region of the Free State. It 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 enthusiasts. 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 the busy city life. Deneysville is the largest town on the Vaal Dam and provides a shopping centre for the area.
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.
For more information on the Vaal Dam area visit Free State Info.