The Vaal area - especially the Triangle - is stuffed with stuff to do. We recently packed the SUV up with padkos, healthy fruit juice and road trip music to take on the R59 to the Vaal. From art galleries to extreme sports - the place is filled with action around every corner.

One of our favourite things to do in the Vaal area is to brunch up a storm in Parys. From eggs bennie on English muffins to boere breakfast with strong black coffee, there's something for everyone. Parys itself is filled with cool artists and all in all, it is a small town with a big heart... and it's a popular destination for Jozi motorcyclists to check out over weekends.

If brunch is not hardcore enough for you, then you can always jump into a raft and head down the river. The most fun we've had in ages was heading down stage 6 rapids with nothing but high hopes and a life jacket. This has given us the opertunity (and so-called expertise) to tell you all about our favourite spots to go river rafting down the Vaal. Something else that is pretty extreme is to pump up your mountain bike's tires and head to the crater (or Vrede Dorp Dome as it's called) for some unforgettable peddling - the place is filled with cool mountain biking trails.

For those who'd much rather stay dry and dust free, there is a collection of pro designed, and pro frequented, golf courses to take a swing at... so what if Mark Twain called golf a good walk wasted - nothing quite blows off steam quite like beating a small white ball along a well trimmed lawn for a couple of rounds. Another way to take in the breath taking surrounds of these parts is to check out the coolest trees to sit down for an old fashioned picnic - Vereeniging is full of these kinds of places.

If you'd much rather embrace the majesty of the Vaal dam then why not have a look at our collection of top fishing hubs. Welcome to yellow fish paradise - you'll be bragging  about your catch for years to come. Don't forget to pack your hiking boots because this section of Southern Africa is filled with hiking trails that will keep you entertained for days.  There river boats you should check out as well - one of our favourite ways to entertain groups of friends in a single shot.

By Shawn Greyling

What are some of your favourite things to do in the Vaal? Let us know in the comments section below. Share this article with friends and family and plan a trip to the Vaal as soon as possible. 


What is it?

Ladies and gentlemen are invited to a ball like no other! This costume ball offers guests a platform to portray their interpretation of Steampunk. Consider this gathering a reinvention of future past! The time frame is anywhere from Victorian until about WWI. From the Belle Epoque in Europe and The Gilded Age in America, to Diesel Punk of Wild Wild West America, all interpretations are welcome. This is an evening formal-ish event, but be sure to dress up to fill in the requirements of your desire character. If your character wears a tiara to the opening of an envelope, that’s great. If your character just wipes off the soot from his welding goggles and grace everyone with his best overalls, that’s great too. Dress code is strongly Steampunk, there will also be a Cash bar available. Over 18s only!

When is it?

Saturday, 06 August 2016 from 19:30 to 02:00 on Sunday, 07 August 2016.

Where is it?

The Tin Factory, 20 Archimedes Street, Kramerville, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How much is it?

Ticket prices are as follows:

200 VIP tickets available at R530 - R550 each include:

• free VIP parking
• a complimentary welcome shot of Jelzin
• 19:30 - 20:30pm seated dinner upstairs
• complimentary White Dog Taproom craft beer with dinner
• a soupçon of burlesque entertainment
• a photo souvenier to take home
• access to upstairs VIP area at any time
• as much fun on the dance floor as you can stand!

General access tickets at R225, or R275 at the door.

Tickets can be purchased from

Parking is R10 per car.

For more information

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