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Parys is a small town with a surprising amount of things to do. Located in the Free State Province, Parys is a popular destination for the romantic, the artistic, the weary and the lover of nature. It’s also in the centre of the world’s largest crater, so large you won’t even... read more

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15 accommodation listings in Parys. Enter dates to see full pricing and availability:

Blue@Vaal

Self Catering in Parys

Blue@Vaal offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in a renovated House & Cottage situated in a quiet cul-de-sa...

Braai Area
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DSTV
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Full Kitchen
Internet access
Pet Friendly
Aircon

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Pont de Val Riverside Escape

Self Catering in Parys

Luxury French countryside-style accommodation on the banks of the Vaal River. The escape includes both holiday homes ...

Braai Area
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TV
Conference Facility
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Sunwa River Lodge

Guest Lodge in Parys

SunWa River Lodge has a total of 68 rooms and can accommodate a total of 139 delegates sharing:
Double Storey Canadia...

Swimming Pool
WiFi
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Conference Facility
Bar

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Die Suidwester Gastehuis

Guest Houses in Parys

Die Suidwester Gastehuis is located in Parys. Extras include bed linen and a fan. At Die Suidwester Gastehuis you wil...

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Egweni

Cottages, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Parys

Egweni, meaning "place of the Vaal River" in the indigenous Zulu Tongue, is situated in the beautiful town of Parys. ...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
TV
Braai Area
Conference Facility

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R380.0

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Waterfront Guest House

Guest Houses in Parys

The Waterfront Guest House/Lodge is situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the beautiful town of Parys, Free Stat...

Full Kitchen
Aircon
TV

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R600.0

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Aquaview Riverside Guesthouse- Parys

Guest Houses in Parys

Aqua View Riverside Guesthouse is nestled in the heart of Parys directly on the Vaal River and next to the entrance o...

Braai Area
Pet Friendly
DSTV
Parking on Premises
Conference Facility
TV

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R450.0

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Savannah Game & River Retreat

In Parys

Savannah Game & River Retreat is one of the undiscovered gems of the Parys "lowveld" and is a family and child friend...

Swimming Pool
Conference Facility
DSTV
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Bar

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R450.0

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Dome Inn Lodge

Guest Houses in Parys

Dome Inn Lodge is an ideal venue for business seminars, corporate conferences, company lunches, training workshops or...

Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
TV
Braai Area
Conference Facility
Parking on Premises
DSTV

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R800.0

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Art Lovers Guesthouse

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Houses in Parys

Located in the heart of the beautiful town of Parys, this stylish guest house features six luxury guest suites. All a...

Wheelchair Friendly
Laundry facilities
Aircon
TV

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R1500.0

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Die Blikhuis Parys

Self Catering in Parys

Die Blikhuis is a lovely old house, renovated to bring back a lot of childhood memories....
Situated about 1 km fro...

Braai Area
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Full Kitchen

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Real River house

Holiday Homes in Parys

Real River House is situated along the banks of the Vaal River, on the outskirts of the town of Parys.

The quaint...

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R3500.0

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Hakuna Matata River Adventures

Camps, Caravan Parks, Cottages in Parys

Hakuna Matata, a 135 ha adventure farm is situated 18 km outside Parys on the banks of the pristine Vaal river within...

Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
Camps
Braai Area
Conference Facility
Wheelchair Friendly
Full Kitchen

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R125.0

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Wild Olive Country Retreat Parys

In Parys

Wild Olive Country Retreat, a self-catering secluded guest home is only 1 hour 20 minutes from Sandton and is positio...

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Full Kitchen
Braai Area
Pet Friendly
Gym

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Carryblaire River Retreat

In Parys

Carryblaire offers catered accommodation with either dinner and breakfast or just breakfast included. We have 11 doub...

Swimming Pool

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R665.0

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More info about Parys

Parys is a small town with a surprising amount of things to do. Located in the Free State Province, Parys is a popular destination for the romantic, the artistic, the weary and the lover of nature. It’s also in the centre of the world’s largest crater, so large you won’t even know it!

A gigantic meteor hit the earth roughly 2000 million years ago, resulting in a massive crater known as the Vredefort Dome. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site with interesting rock formations and terrain and regarded as somewhat of an outdoor paradise for hikers and climbers. Parys was laid out in 1876 and is the Afrikaans word for Paris, named by a surveyor who saw a likeness in the town’s location along the Vaal River to that of Paris on the river Seine.

There are a number of spectacular wedding venues surrounding Parys, and the outdoor adventure activities on offer attract companies seeking team building ideas.

The town streets are lined with antique shops, restaurants, art galleries and quaint knick-knack stores.

 

Top 8 reasons to visit Parys

1. Attend a geological tour of the Vredefort Dome to appreciate the vastness of the crater and to see the results of the meteor impact. Several sites are visited and lunch baskets are available for purchase.

2. Visit Berakah Eco Trails to take up the challenging 23km mountain bike route that passes through magical scenery, along river courses, up steep inclines and over log bridges.

3. River rafting is popular on the Vaal River that meanders along the town outskirts. With names like Big Daddy and Whiplash, the rapids can put fear into visitors, however, guides will ensure they are breached safely.

4. If you consider yourself an aesthete, Parys has an interesting Art Route that takes in galleries, a metalwork factory and potters. The route is open on the first weekend of every month.

5. Mampoer tastings are offered at Hanzet Distillers. Mampoer is a fruit brandy pot-stilled until the alcohol content is highly concentrated. Mampoer is also called white lightning.

6. The Parys Golf and Country Estate has a magnificent 18-hole golf course, with fine views of the Vaal River. Visitors are welcome on this course which is ranked top in the province.

7. Head out early to the Dell Cheetah Centre to catch the personalised morning tour of the facility, renowned for its dedication to cheetah conservation. Volunteers from all over the world arrive to help manage the centre.

8. When the sun goes down, join the locals at Plaasjol to party the night away. The venue hosts regular live acts and the onsite restaurant serves traditional Afrikaans dishes such as offal, pork cracklings with pap (a type of polenta) and bobotie.

 

Transport

Parys is 135km – via a toll road – from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Chartered flights are available from the Vereeniging Airport, 75km out of town. Several car hire companies are based in Johannesburg, Vanderbijlpark and OR Tambo airport or you could order a rental online. Tour operators and shuttle service companies offer transport services between Johannesburg, the airport and Parys.

 

Did you know?

In the Parys cemetery lies the grave of a young 20-year old Canadian woman who arrived to teach children in the refugee camps but contracted typhoid and died in 1903, less than a year after her arrival. Sadly, her family were too far away to be at her bedside and attend her funeral.

Situated in a massive crater, Parys has its own microclimate with hot dry summers and brisk to chilly winter days.

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