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About Smilin Thru Eco Resort

Our Accommodation is situated on the shores of the Vaal River, Smilin Thru Resort is the perfect laid-back getaway. You’ll find us just on the outskirts of Parys where the natural beauty is mesmerizing. Situated in the Vaal Triangle area of South Africa it offers a scenic paradise in the unspoiled nature of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage site. Ideal for a weekend getaway for those living in Gauteng, only 1 and a half hours from Johannesburg.

Smilin Thru Resort offers scenic landscapes, panoramic views, abundance of bird and wildlife. Fantastic fishing and rafting on our 2km of Vaal River frontage. The area is truly a nature lover’s paradise with a uniqueness of being undiscovered, unspoilt and booming with possibilities.

Activities range from hiking, fishing, mountain biking, rafting, canoeing, bird watching, archaeological tours and antique shopping in historic Parys. This area is fast becoming an eco-playground and wellness venue.

Facilities

  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Swimming Pool

Languages Spoken

  • English

Important Information

Terms and Conditions Self Catering:Dishes not washed before departure will result in the Breakage Deposit being forfeited.Please ensure that you bring the following with:- Your own bathroom and pool towels, extra toilet paper, candles, heaters and/or electric fans and Extra blankets if required (only one per bed provided) - Cleaning liquids and... Terms and Conditions Self Catering:Dishes not washed before departure will result in the Breakage Deposit being forfeited.Please ensure that you bring the following with:- Your own bathroom and pool towels, extra toilet paper, candles, heaters and/or electric fans and Extra blankets if required (only one per bed provided) - Cleaning liquids and utensils for washing the dishes (you may upon arrival request that the dishes be washed by our staff every morning for an additional fee of R75.00 per day)We DO NOT allow the following:- Music from cars or units/caravans/tents (as we would like you to come and relax) No music is allowed from parked cars anywhere on the resort. - Fireworks - The use of fireworks is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. You will be told to leave the resort IMMEDIATELY- Eating or drinking around and in the pool, unless purchased from the restaurant or kiosk. - Bicycles, roller skates/blades and/or skateboards in the pool area.- Pets, unless they are managed with a leash while on the resort, and "poop" is cleaned by the owner.- The speed limit on the resort is 15 Km per hour. Speedsters will be asked to leave the premises.- Motorcycles or Quad bikes can be used in the veld, not on the resort. - Swearing, abusive behaviour and excessive drinking is not allowed. Liquor and food is limited to your living units and may not be taken into the pool area, restaurants or bars on the resort. Own liquor will result in a Corkage charge.- Fires anywhere else but in the braais provided. Littering will lead to a fine of R100. Wood is available at the Kiosk, no dead trees may be used for firewood.Please take note of the following:- The resort is 48 years old, and we are currently in year 2 of a 5 year plan to upgrade the resort. For this reason some units are already upgraded. Rest assured that we will attend to ALL of them.All equipment is used at your own risk and the resort will not accept liability for theft, damage or injury to any person or personal belongings.- The person that receives these terms and conditions undertakes to bring it to the attention of ALL the members of his/her group.- The right of admission is reserved. - Fire arms are to be declared at reception and may not be displayed during your visit. Own safekeeping essential.- Deposits must be paid and faxed back within 24 hours after the booking is made - Any booking not confirmed with receipt of your deposit will be deemed as cancelled by the following day.- The balance is payable upon arrival NB.: Should your booking be done less than ONE week before arrival, the FULL amount must be paid within 24 hours before arrival. - Book-in times are 14:00 daily and Book-out times are 12:00. - No complaints later than 30 minutes after your arrival will be accepted. - Please note that we have no control over electrical "power-outs", mechanical failures and/or rain. - Failure to book out on time and Dishes not washed before departure will result in the Breakage Deposit being forfeited. - Only one vehicle per booking will be allowed. Any additional vehicles will be required to park in the common areas, reception or behind the ablutions.- Visitors are allowed between 08:00 and 17:00 only. Normal Day Visitor rates.- Monkeys - please do NOT feed or tease them as they do get very aggressive. Various snake species like Puff-Adders and Rinkhals form part of our habitat please avoid them at all times and call at reception to report sightings. Please note that in the event of a snake bite it is important to identify the species.- Socket outlets in the caravan and camping sites are limited to 15Amp per two adjoining sites, so please limit electrical appliances. No urns, water heaters, air-conditioner units are permitted. --- This resort runs on a NO REFUND policy, and no refunds will be made after booking for any reason. see more

Availability and pricing

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  • Upper Terrace: T Camping Stands Upper Terrace: T Camping Stands Sleeps 6 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 25 The upper terrace stands are for caravans and/or tents.The stands are equipped with a centralized ablution block, a braa... see more
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      • Hotel Rooms: (2 PAX) Hotel Rooms: (2 PAX) Sleeps 2 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 20 With 20 double air-conditioned rooms secluded and a fair distance from the resort. TV in Lounge. *** Please book your... see more Features:  Twin beds, Shower over bath, Air-Conditioning, Tea and Coffee Facilities, No Smoking in Rooms, Swimming pool views
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          • River View: D& E Camping Stands River View: D& E Camping Stands Sleeps 8 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 15 The 20 Riverfront stands are for caravans and/or tents.The stands are equipped with centralised ablution blocks , a braa... see more Features:  River views
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              • Lower Terrace: F & G Camping Stands Lower Terrace: F & G Camping Stands Sleeps 8 Includes: Room Only Rooms / Units: 12 The 15 terrace stands are for caravans and/or tents.The stands are equipped with centralised ablution blocks , A braai,... see more
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                  • Chalets: (4 Sleeper) Chalets: (4 Sleeper) Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 7 These units consists of a double Bed (some with 2 single beds), Bunk Bed, a shower, braai, an equipped kitchen with 2... see more Features:  Double beds, Shower only, Self-catering, Bunk beds, No Smoking in Rooms
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                      • Rondawels: (4 Sleeper) Rondawels: (4 Sleeper) Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 3 The Rondawels are situated on the river bank. The units consists of Double Bed, Bunk Bed , a shower, a braai area, an... see more Features:  Double beds, Shower only, Self-catering, Bunk beds, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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                          • Cottages: (6 Sleeper) Cottages: (6 Sleeper) Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 3 These 2 bedroom units consists of a Double Bed, 2 Bunk Beds, a bathroom, braai, an equipped kitchen with 2 plate stove/... see more Features:  Double beds, Shower over bath, Self-catering, Bunk beds, No Smoking in Rooms
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                              • Cottages: (4 Sleeper) Cottages: (4 Sleeper) Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 2 These units consists of a Double Bed, 2 single beds in Cottage 10 and a Bunk Bed in Cottage 9, a shower, braai, an equi... see more Features:  Double beds, Shower over bath, Self-catering, Single beds, No Smoking in Rooms
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                                  • Fisherman's Cabin: (6 Sleeper) Fisherman's Cabin: (6 Sleeper) Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering The Fisherman?s Cabin is situated on the river bank to the north on the resort, about 400 meters from the swimming pool... see more Features:  Double beds, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Single beds, No Smoking in Rooms see more Double beds, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Single beds, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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                                      • River Lodge: (8 Sleeper) River Lodge: (8 Sleeper) Sleeps 8 Includes: Self-catering The 3 bedroomed River Lodge is situated on the river bank to the south on the resort, about 600 meters from the swimming... see more Features:  Double beds, Private bathroom, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Bunk beds see more Double beds, Private bathroom, Shower only, Balcony/patio, Self-catering, Bunk beds, Single beds, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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                                          • Smilin Suite: (10 Sleeper) Smilin Suite: (10 Sleeper) Sleeps 10 Includes: Self-catering Consists of 4 bedrooms 2 x Double Beds, 6 x single beds, Air-con in the main bedroom, a bathroom, separate toilet and... see more Features:  Double beds, En-suite, Shared bathroom, Self-catering, Single beds, No Smoking in Rooms see more Double beds, En-suite, Shared bathroom, Self-catering, Single beds, No Smoking in Rooms, Dam views
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                                              • Cozy Cabin ( 2 pax) Cozy Cabin ( 2 pax) Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Cabin with 1 bedroom, shower, toilet, kitchen, patio. Fridge 2 plate stove and cutlery for 2. Features:  Double beds, Shower only, Self-catering, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
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                                                  Reviews for Smilin Thru Eco Resort

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                                                  Janice Candlish
                                                  22 April 2019

                                                  Hot water needs to be improved in the bathrooms

                                                  Simone Zevenster
                                                  21 April 2019

                                                  Lovely setting. Tons of potential, but needs a lot of work. Ablutions are in a terrible state. No lights, no water at times. If the owners spend a little money on upgrading it will be stunning

                                                  Manuela Gossweiler
                                                  16 February 2019

                                                  WC/ Duschanlage ist sehr alt und dringend renovierungsbedürftig. In der Toilette gabs kein Licht, Spülung funktionierte nicht richtig. Sehr schlechter Zustand der sanitären Anlage, die Lage des Campingplatzes am Wasser wäre gut.

                                                  Chironne de Leeuw
                                                  24 December 2018

                                                  Please look at each unit to make sure all cutlery is available. Place an itinerary list in unit 2. Rondawel. The shower was blocked. The plumber was there very day to unblock the drain. Did not help. We were bathing in the shower. That's how blocked the drain was. The power kept tripping for 3 days. At one time there were 4 electricians in the unit trying to fix the problem.. was very unpleasant. The kettle had to be replaced and still did not work properly. Please make sure the unit has all necessary Utne silent and proper appliance available . A bar fridge is not acceptable . The one chair...
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                                                  Annatjie Barnardt
                                                  10 December 2018

                                                  We needed a place to stay as we had a lot of activities for the weekend. Smilin Thru was 10 - 15 minutes away from the places we had to go. We arranged hotel accommodation and it was more than sufficient. Would suggest actually having coffee at the coffee station though. We'll definately be back but then we'll most probably make use of the chalets.

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                                                  Smilin Thru Eco Resort is 9.5km from the centre of Parys , the nearest airport 110.3km (Lanseria International Airport).
                                                  *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling