The Vaal Dam is s a favourite location for families and offers a realxing respite from the busy city life of Johannesburg, and Pretoria. It is located about 145km to the south of Johannesburg, and 175km south of Pretoria. The dam is the fouth largest in South Africa an... read more
The Vaal Dam is s a favourite location for families and offers a realxing respite from the busy city life of Johannesburg, and Pretoria. It is located about 145km to the south of Johannesburg, and 175km south of Pretoria. The dam is the fouth largest in South Africa and is the idewal spot for those of land-locked provinces to enjoy to enjoy all kinds of water sports.
The dam was completed in 1938 and has it’s own island that is almost 5km long. It is known for hosting many world class sports events, including the famous Round The Island yacht race. The Vaal Dam is extremely unique as it’s shoreline spans over three provinces, the Free state which is the largest, Gauteng and Mpumalanga.
The number one thing to do at the Vaal Dam is to try out one of the many watersports on offer! Try your hand at skiing, Jet Skis, Wakeboarding, Scuba Diving, Rowing, Yachting, Windsurfing, White Water Rafting, Speed Boating, Tubing, Canoeing, and many more. If high-thrill sports aren't your thing, just float around on a lilo, take a relaxed swim, or indulge in drinks on a boat cruise. Fishing enthusiasts are in for a treat, as the dam offers many quiet and secluded spots perfect for an afternoon of fishing.
When your all wrinkled from the water , take a break and enjoy many of the land based activities on offer. Take a relaxed cycle along one of the many tracks surrounding the dam, or heat things up on one of the mountian biking paths. Other andventure activites include rock climbing; which offers spectacular views of the dam, Paintball; which is great fun for the whole family, and Laser Tag.
For all bird enthusiasts, there is a Vaal Birding Route that extends from Denvor to Vredefort and has over 360 species of birds to see. If you love Golfing then it is a must try while at the Vaal Dam. They have a variety of courses for beginners as well as the experts. Horse Riding is offer along the shores of the Vaal River as well as on scenic routes for you to relax and enjoy.
Quarterdeck is a great restaurant to enjoy with the whole family after a fun filled day of activities. They overlook the dam and serve good home made dishes at a reasonable price.
The Village Inn offers 24/7 convenience and clay oven cooked A grade meat and fish to enjoy, just bring your own plate.
Looking for eastern dishes that are Halaal, then Musafiers is the place to visit with a variety of dishes and a Salaal room available for prayer.
The Country Kitchen offers a selection of simple yet tasty pizzas and pastas to enjoy.
Tranquility and relaxation is what you get when you go to Pont de Val Riverside Bistro which is located on the rivers edge.
Breeze is a great place to enjoy a night out with live entertainment and assortment of delicious meals. They are located at the Emerald Resort and Casino.
The Vaal Dam offer an extensive selection of accommodation to choose from to suit any budget and all needs. The types of accommodation include B&Bs, Guesthouses, as well as Backpacker accommodation for those just passing through. For those looking for more rustic accommodation and to be surrounded by nature, there are a multitude of Camp Sites and Caravan Parks to choose from. There are also luxurious Hotels; House Boats that float along the sensational river, and of course Self Catering Accommodation which is great for family get togethers or just being with friends.
Air: The nearest airport is OR Tambo International Airport which is approximately 77 km away.
Car Rental: If you are looking to to explore at on your own time the your best option would be to rent a car.
Tours: A great way to get around and see all the Vaal Dam has to offer would be to take one of the many tours on offer.
The Vaal Dam is in the Free State which enjoys warm to very hot summer months with an average temperature on 23 degrees with most rainfall in summer and cool to very cold winter months with an average temperature of 8 degrees.
The dam can store up to 2600 million cubic meters of water at full capacity and another 0.6 million of temporary flood water.
The Vaal Dam has a high evaporation rate which makes it less efficient as a reservoir because of it’s 800 km shoreline.
The water from the dam supplies Gauteng with drinking, mining and industrial water, the Free State with drinking and irrigation water, as well as Mpumalanga with drinking and irrigation water.
The Vaal Dam is often misspelt as vaaaal dam, Vall dam, Vaal Damn, Vall Dam.
The island in the middle of the dam holds the Guinness Book of World Records title for the largest inland yacht race.
The largest town located on the Vaal Dam is Deneysville.