There is plenty to do in the Dome!
Tour to see the sites, visit the Parys museum, go whitewater rafting or hiking, take a mountain bike on a trail, relax in a coffee bar, eat out in excellent restaurants, take a township tour, take an aircraft flip over the valley or go up in a glider, meet local artists and writers, scour the antique stores, watch equestrian performances and see livestock on show, go horseriding, or simply chill out at a picnic site – it’s all there for you in the “Paris” of South Africa.
Get hold of us to find out more about what interests you. Come for just a day or stay over to enjoy the atmosphere and take part in the activities on offer. The area surrounding the towns of Parys and Vredefort is rich in history and replete with tourism possibilities. There is plenty of accommodation in guest houses, river lodges and farm stays. Naturally, we would like you to visit our information centre and stay at Otters’ Haunt beside the Vaal. We have been featured in Lonely Planet as the local destination for the adventure minded.
In particular the Parys Museum is worth a visit. Declared a National Monument in May 1986, The building, erected in 1904, was built in the architectural style of the short ‘Orange River Colony’ period. The building is one of only a few sites of this period remaining today. Did you know that the ferry to the old Transvaal actually left from what is now the Ferry House at O’s Restaurant? Hundreds of old and historic photos can be seen at the Museum, along with displays of Voortrekker life, traditional industries, Bushman culture and lore, and the first encounters between whites and blacks in the Matabele wars.
The Vaal valley is in many ways the “Midlands Meander” of the highveld. Only an hour or so from the most populous centre of South Africa, Gauteng, the Vaal in the Vredefort Dome has attracted artists, metalworkers, authors and fashion designers, many of whom open their studios and provide a warm welcome for visitors. The placid rural atmosphere belies a very active creative life among those who come here seeking inspiration from the spirit of the area.