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Vaal Region at a Glance...
The Vaal Region, normally referred to as the 'Vaal Triangle' is a malaria-free area known for its friendly and welcoming local community.
The establishment of the Vaal Region parallels that of the steel industry which started in the area when steel giant Iscor opened. Soon the region was perceived as the 'smog and steel' belt of the Gauteng’s Highveld. Today, much has changed and the region boasts a wealth of other industries, adventure experiences, cultural heritage sights and world class accommodation. The natural splendour of the Vaal River, Vaal Dam and the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site is sheltered in a beautiful geographical area south of Johannesburg.
The region falls within the intersection of four provinces of South Africa – Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga and North West. Major towns in the area include Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark, Heidelberg, Sasolburg, Deneysville, Parys and the historic townships of Evaton, Sebokeng, Bophelong, Sharpeville and Ratanda. All of which hold the added attraction of rich political history and heritage.
The region has no definitive boundaries but is loosely measured from its northern point - south of the City of Johannesburg down to the Vaal Dam. From the east it starts around Villiers and Heidelberg and stretches to the west to include the Parys and Potchefstroom districts. The area provides a through-route for some of South Africa's well-known rivers, none more powerful than the mighty Vaal. Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, the largest in Gauteng can also be found here.
Its close proximity to the Johannesburg metro has ensured the region's popularity and its growing demand as a tourism destination of choice. Most facilities and attractions are about 45 minutes to an hour from the city. Three good quality national roads – the N1, N3 and the R59 provide easy access to the area. You can also travel within the area using the R42, R54 and R57 arterial roads.
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Three major attractions are a pertinent draw cards for the area. These are the Vaal Dam, Vaal River and the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. From here tourists and visitors can enjoy other activities and recreational experiences including all types of water sports, river cruises, hiking, picnicking or visiting the many arts and crafts manufacturers in the area. No visit is complete without a tasty treat at one of the region's restaurants or country bistros.
Well-known annual events are hosted in the area – these include air shows, the Vaal River Meander Wine Route, The Jazz on the River Festival, F1 Power Boat Racing, the famous Round The Island Yacht Race as well as numerous cycle and road running marathons.
The upmarket River Square and Vaal Mall Shopping Centres offer a relaxed 'out of town' shopping experience and all major banking facilities. Fuel stations and ATMs are available in most towns. Cellphone coverage is good over the whole area and GPS coordinates may be obtained from information offices.
What is the Vaal Meander?
About 16 years ago some local artists and crafters pooled their ideas to bring the public out of the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg city life into the tranquil surroundings of greater Southern Gauteng. International and local tourists were invited to see these maestros at work and encouraged to visit historical and cultural sites located just an hour south of Johannesburg. This was the birth of the Vaal Meander.
Over the years the Vaal Meander has grown to include many fascinating attractions. Its central location provides an ideal site for a meander route that can be tailored to suit individual interests. From daytrips to longer country breaks in little hideaways or quaint accommodations, the area is well-known for its craft factories, outdoor adventure centres, entertainment, animal attractions, sporting facilities, boating and world class conference venues. There are also a host of delightful bed & breakfast, self catering establishments and romantic wedding venues on the banks of the Vaal River or Vaal Dam.
Many popular attractions in the area can be found along the Vaal River which features 56km of navigable water and a host of vibrant water sports. Boating and yachting facilities can be found on the Vaal Dam, a fast-growing popular weekend getaway and marina development.
The Vaal Meander has emerged as a business identity whose objectives are to market the region and increase the number of visitors to the area. As part of marketing infrastructure, The Vaal Meander produces an annual publication that lists and provides relevant information on accommodation, tourism-orientated products and activities available in the region. These brochures / maps are distributed through Gauteng Tourism Agency outlets, including airports, information centres and popular venues. They are also distributed at relevant outdoor shows like the Outdoor & Adventure Expo and Star Getaway Show, where stand space is shared with the Gauteng Tourism Agency.
100 000 publications were printed in 2010 and the number is growing annually. Happy Meandering!!
ACCOMMODATION: B&B / Guesthouse Accommodation, Backpacker Accommodation, Camp Sites, Caravan Sites, Honeymoon Suites, Hotel Accommodation, House Boat Accommodation, Self Catering Accommodation. ARTS & CRAFTS: Antiques & Collectables, Art Galleries, Beads & Jewellery, Candles, Crafts, Furniture & Woodwork, Gifts, Glassware / Stained Glass, Picture Framing, Pottery & Ceramics, Sculpting, Toys. CONFERENCES & FUNCTIONS: Catering, Conference Centres & Facilities, Function Venues, River & Dam Cruisers. EATING OUT: Coffee Shops / Tea Gardens, Restaurants, Take Aways / Road Houses. GARDENING: Garden Accessories, Garden Centres & Nurseries. GENERAL SERVICES: Information Centres, Real Estate Agents. WEDDINGS: Churches & Chapels, Photography & Videos, Service Providers, Wedding Venues. LEISURE & ACTIVITES: Animal Farm & Game Drives, Beer Tasting & Brewery Tours, Boating, Casinos, Children’s Parties, Entertainment, Group Camps, Hobbies, Museums & Heritage, Nature Reserves, Outdoor Activities, Picnicking, River & Dam, Cruises, Shopping Malls, Team Building, Tours, Routes & Guides, Wine Tasting.
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