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Rangesan Vandeyar
03 June 2018

Best fishing spot, accommodation is top notch and affordable, staff, owners and management are very friendly. Neat, tidy and comfy, more so very affordable. I definitely will visit again.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Cheryl Singh
03 June 2018

Awesome place to relax. Everyone is so friendly and helpful. Excellent environment to have family getaways and occasions. Thank you to the management and staff of River Cottage.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Geraldine De Jongh
01 May 2018

Thank you to marianca for the warm welcome received you made us feel part of your family . I must say it is a lovely place to recharge esp from a hectic busy life just to relax enjoy and unwind. The tranquility of nature brings calmness to your soul. I would recommend this place to all my family and friends. The place staff and accommodation good place for quick getaway. Thank you good service marianca you made us feel special

Dirk Janse van Rensburg
30 April 2018

The service is just out of this world and each clientโ€™s needs are taken care of on the most professional manner. Thank you for the hospitality

Takalani Tshikosi
06 April 2018

This was my second time visiting the place, it looked way better then it was two years ago. It is a good place to go with friends and females especially if you enjoy fishing like me.

Superb. 5 out of 5
Santie Swart
11 February 2018

Professional, friendly, caring service. Thank you Marlouise !
It is a very neat, peaceful, safe and relaxing place with awesome gardens and very neat accommodation.
It is a place where you can relax body and soul.
I can recommend it any time to anybody and will visit there again definitely.
" I think nature appreciates you

SaSa Lizzy Maseko
03 January 2018

Thank you river cottages for the hospitality. We had a wonderful stay with you guys. The friendly faces and warm welcomes.

*The cottages were eco-friendly and clean
*our request were attended to.
*the facility is clean.
*The services was excellent.

We had a lovely time. Thank uu๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜š๐Ÿ˜Š

Marleze Van den Heever
27 November 2017

Great place. Big ups to Marianca for her GREAT customer service. Elsa also providing excelent service. Thanks guys. You made our weekend worthwile.

Cindy VhoMzizi
02 October 2017

14 kids... 6 males and 8 females all taken care of... Each having his/her own bed and privacy... Everything was just perfect...

Krish Moodley
29 August 2017

Great location for a relaxed holiday. Clean and well maintained cottages and the surrounding amenities. Friendly, welcoming and helpful staff and management. Great place to stay.

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More info about Parys

Parys is a small town with a surprising amount of things to do. Located in the Free State Province, Parys is a popular destination for the romantic, the artistic, the weary and the lover of nature. It’s also in the centre of the world’s largest crater, so large you won’t even know it!

A gigantic meteor hit the earth roughly 2000 million years ago, resulting in a massive crater known as the Vredefort Dome. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site with interesting rock formations and terrain and regarded as somewhat of an outdoor paradise for hikers and climbers. Parys was laid out in 1876 and is the Afrikaans word for Paris, named by a surveyor who saw a likeness in the town’s location along the Vaal River to that of Paris on the river Seine.

There are a number of spectacular wedding venues surrounding Parys, and the outdoor adventure activities on offer attract companies seeking team building ideas.

The town streets are lined with antique shops, restaurants, art galleries and quaint knick-knack stores.


Top 8 reasons to visit Parys

1. Attend a geological tour of the Vredefort Dome to appreciate the vastness of the crater and to see the results of the meteor impact. Several sites are visited and lunch baskets are available for purchase.

2. Visit Berakah Eco Trails to take up the challenging 23km mountain bike route that passes through magical scenery, along river courses, up steep inclines and over log bridges.

3. River rafting is popular on the Vaal River that meanders along the town outskirts. With names like Big Daddy and Whiplash, the rapids can put fear into visitors, however, guides will ensure they are breached safely.

4. If you consider yourself an aesthete, Parys has an interesting Art Route that takes in galleries, a metalwork factory and potters. The route is open on the first weekend of every month.

5. Mampoer tastings are offered at Hanzet Distillers. Mampoer is a fruit brandy pot-stilled until the alcohol content is highly concentrated. Mampoer is also called white lightning.

6. The Parys Golf and Country Estate has a magnificent 18-hole golf course, with fine views of the Vaal River. Visitors are welcome on this course which is ranked top in the province.

7. Head out early to the Dell Cheetah Centre to catch the personalised morning tour of the facility, renowned for its dedication to cheetah conservation. Volunteers from all over the world arrive to help manage the centre.

8. When the sun goes down, join the locals at Plaasjol to party the night away. The venue hosts regular live acts and the onsite restaurant serves traditional Afrikaans dishes such as offal, pork cracklings with pap (a type of polenta) and bobotie.



Parys is 135km – via a toll road – from OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. Chartered flights are available from the Vereeniging Airport, 75km out of town. Several car hire companies are based in Johannesburg, Vanderbijlpark and OR Tambo airport or you could order a rental online. Tour operators and shuttle service companies offer transport services between Johannesburg, the airport and Parys.


Did you know?

In the Parys cemetery lies the grave of a young 20-year old Canadian woman who arrived to teach children in the refugee camps but contracted typhoid and died in 1903, less than a year after her arrival. Sadly, her family were too far away to be at her bedside and attend her funeral.

Situated in a massive crater, Parys has its own microclimate with hot dry summers and brisk to chilly winter days.

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More intimate and personalised than larger hotels, guests can expect a warmer, friendlier stay at a Boutique Hotel. Boutique Hotels are high-end accommodation, and guests can expect all the usual luxury amenities expected from a regular/larger hotel, including wifi; tea and coffee facilities; and deluxe bedding, and then some. Most Boutique Hotels pride themselves on personal service that allows them to go the extra-mile - making it an ideal place to stay for guests celebrating special events or anniversaries.