Discover South Africa ♥ Parys in the Free State

 Parys is a charming little town situated along the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State.   The town is an agricultural center for farming, as well as the base for many resorts situated on the islands nearby.

The Vaal River is abundant in tree covered islands.  These islands have been developed into numerous pleasure resorts providing boating, fishing and swimming for relaxation.  Parys caters for all visitors, from lovely parks, gardens and picnic spots, to taking on the Vaal River with a pair of skis.

Parys was romantically named by Schilbach, who was reminded of the French town of Paris.  The similarity to Parys is that Paris is also situated along the banks of the river Seine.  Parys has now become one of the most popular destinations along the Vaal River.

Parys features the unique Golf Island, which is only accessible via a suspension bridge.  It is home to a spectacular 18-hole golf course, open all year round!

The town of Parys offers a medium between old world country charm and adventure, therefore offers something for everyone!  Art, antique and coffee shops will keep the shopper in the family busy the whole day while others enjoy the wide range of water sports that Parys has to offer.  These water sports include river rafting, water skiing, canoeing, power boating and angling.  Other activities in Parys includes abseiling, 4×4 routes, gliding, hiking trails, game viewing, bird watching.

Parys even caters for the historian in the family.  The remains of diamond diggings along the river can be viewed, as well as exploring the many battle sites within the area.

The Vredefort Dome, South Africa’s 7th World Heritage Site, lies around the towns of Parys and Vredefort and is most definitely a must see when in Parys.

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