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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... read more

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14 accommodation listings in Parys. Enter dates to see full pricing and availability:

Blue@Vaal

Self Catering in Parys

Blue@Vaal offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in a renovated House & Cottage situated in a quiet cul-de-sa...

Braai Area
WiFi
DSTV
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
Internet access
Pet Friendly
Aircon

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R950.0

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Hessie se Witperd

Guest Houses, Self Catering in Parys

For a storybook visit.

Welcome to Hessie se Witperd in the picturesque town of Parys. Parys is situated on the bank...

Braai Area
Pet Friendly
Full Kitchen
Parking on Premises
WiFi
Laundry facilities

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R1000.0

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River Cottages

Cottages, Holiday Homes, Resorts, Self Catering in Parys

River Cottages is situated in Parys and offers comfortable accommodation in a tranquil riverside environment.

Acco...

Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
TV
Braai Area
Conference Facility
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen

FROM

R700

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Rolo House

Guest Houses, Self Catering in Parys

Large 4 bedroom holiday home nestled on the banks of the Vaal River. 3 Rooms en-suite, 1 room with a separate bathroo...

Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
Laundry facilities
Braai Area
Aircon
Parking on Premises
Dishwasher

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R1850.0

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Aquaview Riverside Guesthouse- Parys

Bed and Breakfast in Parys

Aqua View Riverside Guesthouse is nestled in the heart of Parys directly on the Vaal River and next to the entrance o...

Braai Area
Conference Facility
TV
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
Pet Friendly
DSTV

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R450

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The White Giraffe

Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Parys

The White Giraffe is situated in the quaint town of Parys and offers self-catering accommodation for up to eight peop...

Swimming Pool
Wheelchair Friendly
Internet access
Braai Area
Pet Friendly
TV
Parking on Premises
WiFi

FROM

R450

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Abberdale Place

Guest Houses, Self Catering in Parys

4 Bedroomed home - sleeps 8
2 with double beds
2 with two 3/4beds
Bath, shower basin in one
1 x separate toilet
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Braai Area
Pet Friendly
DSTV
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
TV

FROM

R724

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Kondensmelk

Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Parys

Kondensmelk is situated on a quiet street in the lovely town of Parys and offers comfortable accommodation in a stunn...

Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
DSTV
Braai Area
Full Kitchen
TV

FROM

R1200

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53 @ Grens

Apartments, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Parys

53 @ Grens is situated in Parys and offers comfortable, self-catering accommodation. The town is renowned for its var...

Braai Area
Pet Friendly
TV
Parking on Premises
DSTV

FROM

R580

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Dome Inn Lodge

Guest Houses in Parys

Dome Inn Lodge is an ideal venue for business seminars, corporate conferences, company lunches, training workshops or...

Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly
TV
Braai Area
Conference Facility
Parking on Premises
DSTV

FROM

R800

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Otters Haunt

Bed and Breakfast, Cottages, Guest Houses, Self Catering in Parys

Otters' Haunt is set high over the Vaal River and overlooks a quiet channel which is the playground for otters, Nile ...

Swimming Pool
Pet Friendly

FROM

R740

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Rietpoort Cottages

Cottages, Self Catering in Parys

Rietpoort Farm is a working farm with cattle and wild horses, offering luxury two self-catering units: Rietpoort Cott...

Braai Area
Aircon
Pet Friendly
TV

FROM

R400

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Petit Paris Self Catering

Guest Houses, Holiday Homes, Self Catering in Parys

Braai Area
WiFi
Laundry facilities
Parking on Premises
DSTV
Pet Friendly
Internet access

FROM

R650

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Wild Olive Country Retreat Parys

Guest Houses, Self Catering in Parys

Wild Olive Country Retreat, a self-catering secluded guest home is only 1 hour 20 minutes from Sandton and is positio...

Swimming Pool
Parking on Premises
Full Kitchen
Braai Area
Pet Friendly
Gym

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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.

 

Transport

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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