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WWhether you want to white-water raft down exhilarating rapids, or want to relax in a luxurious guesthouse overlooking the soothing water, the Vaal River is a water-lover’s paradise.

When you first see the Vaal River you’ll probably notice its unique colour. The Dutch named it Vaal, which means “drab” or “dull”, because of its brown-grey colour. But they obviously weren’t into water sports. These days, there’s nothing dull about the river at all.

The Vaal River is divided into three areas: the Upper Vaal, Middle Vaal and the Lower Vaal. 

If you’re looking for fun with a luxurious spin, you’re probably the Upper Vaal type. Situated between Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, expensive real estate and fancy guesthouses line the banks. Come here year-round to enjoy everything from fly fishing to speed boats, slow cruises to fine dining.

Did You Know?
MMost of the land south of the Vaal River, opposite Vereeniging, stretching to the Sasolburg municipal boundary, is owned and mined by Anglo American. Mining is expected to continue for at least another 25 years.

IIf you like to canoe, fish, paddle-boat, power-boat, jet-ski, or kite surf, the Vaal Dam has 880km of shoreline to set off from. For adrenaline junkies looking for the biggest – and trickiest – rapids, head to the area between Parys and Christiana, where you’ll encounter insane rapids created by the hundreds of islands throughout the river.

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