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.