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YYou’ve seen the cities. You’ve felt the hustle and bustle of urban life in South Africa, but you’re yearning for more. Well you’re in luck. Just over an hour outside of Johannesburg, nestled on the banks of the Vaal River, you’ll come across a small town with a big heart.
Meet Parys, so named in 1876 by its surveyor, who said its setting reminded him of Paris on the River Seine. This Free State tourist town is a gateway to adventure, river rafting and water sports, as well as that South African small-town charm. River rafting on the Vaal River is a half-day or a full day of fun. The experience is tailor-made to suit all ages with safety gear, life jackets and helmets provided.