Things to do near
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling
Vaal Marina (6.4 km from Vaal Dam)
Nine hole putting green in a beautiful setting
Deneysville (13.9 km from Vaal Dam)
Anchor Creek Marina offer two boat cruise options on the Vaal Dam in Deneyesville. Both vessels are pontoon boats taking a maximum of 10 people. Sunset cruises and exciting activities including wake boarding, skiing and tubing are available.
Deneysville (16.1 km from Vaal Dam)
Laser Tag is a fun alternative to Paint Ball – but without the pain! Challenge your friends and family on this new battlefield in the Vaal Dam area. Night ‘operations’ are on offer until 22:00. Minimum of 4 people.
Heilbron (24.9 km from Vaal Dam)
Weltevrede Lion Farm is located near the town of Heilbron in the Free State Province. Get up and close with big cats, wild dogs and other wildlife. Enjoy a guided tour and meet Juba, the cheetah.
On arrival you will be welcomed by our pack of wild dogs that will let you know that you are welcome on our farm.
Clay pigeon shooting
4X4 trails (own vehicles)
Galleries and Museums
Vereeniging (42.2 km from Vaal Dam)
Friendship, good food, wine and brilliant entertainment – the Barnyard Theatre in Vereeniging is where it all comes together. The first Barnyard Theatre started as a homely, rustic farm theatre in Plettenberg Bay where friends and family could be entertained and eat, drink and talk into the small hours of the morning.
It proved to be such a winner that more Barnyard Theatres started popping up all over the country. There are currently 12 Barnyard Theatres in South Africa. While each theatre is a product of its individual setting, they all retain the quaint rustic charm of the original farm theatre’s humble beginning.
Vanderbijlpark (47.4 km from Vaal Dam)
Emerald Casino offers the latest in traditional, video and retro slots. There are spacious smoking and non-smoking areas in the casino and the interior is designed for gaming in stylish comfort.
Gold and Diamond Club holders can enjoy a private gaming experience where the Prive lounge regularly hosts cocktail events. The casino also boasts 27 tables including games such as Roulette, Blackjack, Progressive Poker, Baccarat, Punto Banco and Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
The casino is open every Monday to Thursday from 10:00 am until 4:00 am and 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays.
Vanderbijlpark (47.4 km from Vaal Dam)
The Emerald African Spa overlooks the fragrant banks of the Vaal River. If you are looking to get spoiled in a tranquil and luxurious setting, this is the spa for you.
The well-trained therapists, offering top-of-the-range treatments, will attend to your every need and allow you to completely relax and enjoy every moment.
The Spa is open every Tuesday until Friday 9:00 until 17:00, Saturday from 9:00 until 16:00, and Sunday from 9:00 until 14:00.
Vanderbijlpark (47.5 km from Vaal Dam)
Emfuleni Golf Estate and Country Club is situated in Vanderbijlpark and offers recreational facilities for golfing, boating, fishing and braaing. There is a lovely tennis court, the River Coffee Shop, and a day spa.
The halfway house and restaurant offers a wide range of meals and refreshments along with a bar, a lounge and reception facilities.
Only 45 minutes from Johannesburg, this is an excellent place for relaxing and getting away from the city, while enjoying good food, golfing and various watersports activities.
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve (48.3 km from Vaal Dam)
Just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and close to the historical town of Heidelberg, is Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, eco-playground for jaded urbanites.
Explore Suikerbosrand’s mountains, kloofs and plains on foot, mountain bike, or by vehicle. If cycling, hiking or driving around is not your thing, pack a picnic basket and enjoy the gorgeous views of the Suikerbosrand Mountains.
Suikerbosrand’s kloofs, ridges and plains support a large variety of plants, birds and animals. Predators prowling the large sanctuary include cheetah, brown hyena and other smaller species. Herbivores include baboon, zebra, oribi, eland, blesbok, springbok, red hartebeest, black wildebeest, kudu and mountain reedbuck, common duiker, grey duiker and steenbok.
Numerous hiking trails offer visitors to get a closer look at the diversity of plant and animal life. Trails vary from a short half-day route to a 6-day hike. The information centre at Diepkloof offers interesting slide or film shows and has several picnic spots.
Gate Times: Open daily from 07:00 to 16:30.
Four By Four Trails
Henley on Klip (49.4 km from Vaal Dam)
Bass Lake Adventure 4x4 Trail is a self-drive route with a numbered system. The route is open 5 days per week but is heavily weather dependant. The trail is 14 km long and takes about 3 hours to complete. This is a natural trail with ascents and descents and water sections. There are escape routes available for difficult areas.
Permits for this trail can be purchased at the outdoor shop, where a map is provided. The trail is graded 4 and a low range, high clearance 4x4 vehicle is needed.
Vanderbijlpark (52.1 km from Vaal Dam)
Vaal Mall is situated in the countryside of Vanderbijlpark. It offers over 140 retailers and restaurants along with ample free secure parking. The Food Court area extends to the outside which creates a lovely outdoor atmosphere for dining.
The centre is located at the intersection of the Golden Highway and Barrage Road, Vanderbijlpark. The mall is open Monday to Friday 9:00 until 19:00, Saturdays from 9:00 until 17:00, Sundays from 10:00 until 16:00, and on public holidays from 9:00 until 17:00.
Alewynspoort (66.1 km from Vaal Dam)
Eye of Africa Golf & Residential Estate is proud to have opened the first Greg Norman designed golf course in South Africa.
Designed exclusively by Greg Norman Golf Course Design, this championship golf course at Eye of Africa seamlessly integrates the course with it's stunning natural surrounds.
This par 72 championship course spans over 6895 meters, set up to really challenge every golfer on the course and offer a true championship experience.
Th driving range and putting green are open from Tuesdays to Sundays.
Parys (67.2 km from Vaal Dam)
This unique farm offers you a whole list of exciting things to do.
Take stroll through the orchard and pick your own berries, go to the museum, and enjoy a delicious berry milkshake. The kids will love looking at the cute farm animals. A great pit stop on your way to Parys.
Kibler Park (72.9 km from Vaal Dam)
Do more with your Sundays. Everyone is welcome to come along every Sunday and paint at the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve. Bring your friends and family, unwind, have a picnic and paint your masterpiece.
No previous art experience is needed. A professional art instructor will be there to guide painters through the creative process, ensuring everyone leaves with a work of art. Cost is R100 per person.
Glenvista (73.5 km from Vaal Dam)
Located in a lovely setting between two peaceful suburbs, Glenvista Golf Course is considered a favorite among many golfers in the area.
This a full 18-hole course, complete with bent grass greens and superb facilities to match, such as a bar, board room, restaurant, pro shop, and a halfway house. There are practice areas available for chipping, as well as golf carts and club hire.
Visitors are welcome throughout the week, except Saturdays.
The course is closed on Mondays.