Kayaking on the Vaal River

South Africa's third largest river, the Vaal River, is a scenic host to a variety of watersport offerings, especially the section from the Vaal Dam to the small Free State town of Parys. Fishing, rafting and kayaking attract weekend and holiday visitors to the river and the numerous guest houses, resorts and lodges that line the banks.

Kayaking is a family-friendly activity where kayaks used for guided tours are stable, comfortable and easy-to-paddle. It is not easy to fall off these…

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Kayaking Vaal River
Kayaking on the Vaal River

South Africa's third largest river, the Vaal River, is a scenic host to a variety of watersport offerings, especially the section from the Vaal Dam to the small Free State town of Parys. Fishing, rafting and kayaking attract weekend and holiday visitors to the river and the numerous guest houses, resorts and lodges that line the banks.

Kayaking is a family-friendly activity where kayaks used for guided tours are stable, comfortable and easy-to-paddle. It is not easy to fall off these kayaks - this makes them suitable for young and old. Operators provide all equipment (kayaks, lifejackets and paddles). Ensure that you are dressed appropriately for activity and the weather, and bring along a set of dry clothes to leave in your car. Take along a water bottle too and remember to apply sunblock and a hat before getting on the water.

Kayaking has the advantage of being a leisurely activity with routes selected by guides to highlight the beauty, nature and variety of the river. Tours may be as short as two hours or really getaway with a two-day overnight tour.

The town of Parys is a key hub for paddling activities on the Vaal River. Located only 130km from Johannesburg, Parys is the gateway to enjoying a scenic kayaking experience. 

Kayaking Vaal River Operators

Gauteng | Kayaking - Canoe & Kayak World

SA’s most comprehensive and reputable one-stop paddle sport outlet for activities and products. We offer guided kayak tours in southern Africa. Whitewater kayak weekends, tuition, and importers and retailers of local canoe and kayal equipment of leading international brands....

Gauteng|Free State | Kayaking - Paddle with Us - Kayaking

Paddle With Us offers a two-hour scenic paddle and a two-day overnight tour on the Vaal River. They can customise tours for family groups, friends, special occasions and corporate getaways. Two-hour Parys Scenic Paddle Take the opportunity to relish the tranquility of easy paddling on flatwater. On this two-hour scenic paddle, enjoy the peaceful riverine scenery, listen to the rhythmic sound a...