Vaal River and Dam
The Gauteng section of the Vaal Dam is situated approximately 77km south of Johannesburg. South Africa’s second largest dam by area and the fourth largest by volume, the Vaal Dam is a very big area of water indeed. The dam extends over three provinces namely Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Free State, and is a firm favourite for weekend getaways and water sport enthusiasts.
The Vaal River at approximately 1,120km long, is the largest tributary of the Orange River and has its source in the Mpumalanga province. The Vaal Dam provides some of the country’s cleanest water which is received from the Lesotho Highlands Water Project via the Wilge River. Water from the Vaal is used for the industrial requirements of the Greater Johannesburg Metro area as well as a large section of the Free State.
The Vaal area near Johannesburg is the perfect destination for holiday makers with the river and the dam. The stretch of upper Vaal River is very popular as a recreational destination for river rafters as well as the river being lovely and scenic in these parts.
Anyone in search of water-based activities in Gauteng heads to the Vaal Dam : there is so much for visitors to do and see. With a number of yacht clubs and marinas the dam is a hive of fun and games during season and on weekends.
Fishing is a great past-time on the dam with the main angling fish being barbel, grass carp, yellowfish and mudfish. There is plenty of birdlife on the Vaal Dam including the magnificent fish eagle. The activities directory provides an extensive list of advertisers specialising in activities on the dam.
There are many types of accommodation option available along the river and near the dam from self-catering, caravanning or larger hotels. There is also the lifestyle resort and casino as well as peaceful houseboats - gently guided along the river.
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Businesses in and around the Vaal Dam offer good quality products and the owners are hospitable and welcoming. There are a range of stalls, products and restaurants in the area which offer anything from traditional, a-la-carte to river-side dining.
The Vaal area is close to the city and therefore an ideal location to hold conferences in whichever business speciality. There are numerous choices for venues to host these events.