If you want to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of city life visit the Vaal, a place of relaxation and serenity. Experience the tranquility and the breeze of Vaal River by taking a cruise on one of the barges. There is something so soothing about the river, away from the buzz of the city life, with the peace and sounds of nature that are so therapeutic. The area has the largest stretch of inland navigable water in the country, which has been used for years for recreational and sporting activities. Whether a day visit or weekend breakaway you will find so much to keep the whole family entertained.
Join us on an adventure of a lifetime as the area offers exciting activities such as White Water Rafting, Canoeing, Abseiling, Rock Climbing, Quad bike Nature Drives, Game Drives, Paintball, Hiking, Jet skiing and wakeboarding.
Nestled on the banks of the Vaal River are various establishments to suit your every need and preference, stay over and experience the different types of stylish & affordable accommodation. For the person coming for a relaxing weekend where everything will be done for you book yourself into one of the three Hotels; Riviera on Vaal, Emerald Casino Resort Hotel or Riverside Hotel & Conference centre. For the more adventurous person there area caravan parks and self catering facilities available along the river.
The area is one of the country’s top wedding destinations for many bridal couples. Each venue have its own special appeal and ambiance, from riverfront to game farm, all tastes are catered for. There’s a wedding association committed to the success of your wedding day or special function to ensure that you get the best possible experience for the bridal couple, their families and guests (www.vaalwed.co.za).
The area boast three magnificent golf courses all located along the banks of the Vaal River namely Emfuleni Golf Estate, Maccauvlei Country Club and Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club. If golf is not your game bring the family down to Emerald Casino Resort with entertainment including tenpin bowling, wall climbing, adventure golf, game walks/drives, water sports, kidzone, Animal world, a climate controlled Aquadome and for the gambling enthusiast enter the Emerald Casino and try your luck.
Take a tour around our historical sites: Peace treaty of Vereeniging, which brought the second Anglo Boer war to its end, was negotiated in the Vereeniging. Visit the Sharpeville monument in remembrance of the massacre of 1960 in which 69 anti pass protesters were shot dead by the police. Continue your tour to where the revised democratic Constitution was signed at Sharpeville in 1996. Not forgetting the Vaal uprising of 1984 in Sebokeng and the Boipatong Massacre.
While touring around the area have something to eat at the local restaurants from a-la-carte menu to the traditional menus prepared in the township restaurants.
Business tourism is booming in the area with the many Conference centers located along and close to the river. Team building conferences are held with employees returning back to work feeling refreshed and ready to take the world on again.
The area boast two major tertiary institutions namely North West University Vaal Campus and Vaal University of Technology. Other tertiary institutions include Sedibeng College, Damelin and C.T.I. etc.
Other useful contact numbers:
The Vaal Meander 016 424 1121 www.vaalmeander.co.za