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River Cottages – Parys, North West


Nestled along the serene banks of the Vaal River lies the enchanting River Cottages, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and seekers of tranquility.

Just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and an hour and a half from Pretoria, this picturesque getaway promises an idyllic escape from the chaos of city life. River Cottages offers a delightful blend of recreational and overnight accommodations in an awe-inspiring natural setting.

At River Cottages, you’ll find an array of accommodation options designed to cater to various needs. Whether you seek a spacious house for a large group or a cozy unit for an intimate getaway, they have you covered.

Their brand new caravanning and camping park was opened in September 2023.

There are a total of 18 camping sites, each measuring 10m X 10m.

Each site has it’s own braai stand, electricity (normal and caravan plug with a 10Amp power supply), access to a water point (shared).

All stands are earth and grass to varying degrees. Some are shaded whilst others have new trees planted so future shade is possible.

The camping sites are fairly close to the riverfront with, Row 1 almost on the bank. Access to the river is possible in a matter of seconds.

River Cottages have a communal ablution facility with showers and toilets with hot and cold water. Laundry and washing machine facilities are not currently available, but the owners will consider it at a later stage.

The resort is in the process of more upgrades, including a shop on site for basic products like wood, ice, cigarettes, canned goods and cool drinks, as well as a fast food facility selling pies, burgers, boerewors rolls, etc. They are also busy clearing a space for a new children’s play area that will have some good facilities.

All the above upgrades should be ready for the December 2023 holidays.

Self-catering units include 2-sleeper, 4-sleeper, and 12-sleeper options. Each unit comes fully equipped with bedding, bath towels, and all the necessary self-catering amenities such as crockery, cutlery, and kitchen appliances. You need only bring your bath soap, shampoo, swimming towels, and food supplies.

Entertainment is also on hand with TV’s featuring OVHD (Open View) that has both sport and movies, as well as children’s channels. Guests can bring their own DSTV decoder and connect it to the dish which is compatible.

For those traveling with a group, the fully equipped self-catering houses are a dream come true. Three of these houses can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests each, providing ample space for a memorable gathering. What’s more, they boast a prime location right on the banks of the Vaal River in Parys, allowing you to wake up to the soothing sounds of flowing water and rustling willow trees.

If you’re planning a romantic retreat or a smaller gathering, the ten two-sleeper self-catering units are an ideal choice. These units, situated just 200 meters away from the river, offer a more intimate experience while still allowing you to savor the natural beauty that surrounds River Cottages.



River Cottages prides itself on providing guests with an array of amenities that enhance your stay and keep you entertained. During the scorching summer days, take a dip in the inviting swimming pools to cool off, or gather with friends and family under the spacious lapas for some shade.

For those who love to sizzle up a barbecue, built-in braai facilities are at your disposal, making outdoor dining a delightful experience.

If you are looking for some seeking adrenaline-pumping experiences, River Cottages has partnered with Earth Adventures, specialists in extreme adventures and teambuilding events. Tailor-made packages featuring activities like abseiling, paintball, quad biking, and river rafting are available on request, ensuring that adventure is always at your doorstep.

Beyond the bounds of River Cottages, the charming town of Parys awaits. This quaint country town, perched along the Vaal River, is a hub of outdoor activities and relaxation. From fishing and canoeing to river rafting and hiking, the Vaal River beckons adventure seekers.

For those who prefer more leisurely pursuits, Parys boasts art galleries, antique shops, and cozy coffee houses, providing a taste of the town’s unique charm. And when hunger strikes, you’ll find a diverse range of excellent restaurants to satisfy your culinary cravings.

River Cottages in Parys is more than just a holiday destination; it’s a gateway to the natural beauty and outdoor adventures of the Vaal River region.

Whether you’re planning a family reunion, a romantic getaway, or a team-building retreat, this tranquil oasis offers the perfect backdrop for unforgettable moments in the heart of nature. So, pack your bags, leave the city behind, and immerse yourself in the beauty of River Cottages.


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