What do you know about The Vaal Dam?

Posted on Tue December 12, 2017.

Situated 77 kms south of Johannesburg, the Vaal is Dam is South Africa’s second biggest dam by area. It has more than 800km of shoreline which spans three provinces; Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and Free State with Gauteng being its most active coastline.

Situated 77 kms south of Johannesburg, the Vaal is Dam is South Africa’s second biggest dam by area. It has more than 800km of shoreline which spans three provinces; Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and Free State with Gauteng being its most active coastline.

The Vaal Dam is a man-made dam with it construction commencing in the early 1930s and reaching completion in 1938. It lies on the Vaal River, which just happens to be South Africa’s strongest-flowing river, and is now the main source of water for Rand Water. What was once a damn solely built to serve the water needs of Johannesburg is now a wonderland for yachtsman, water-skiers, jet skiers, canoeists, fisherman, bird watchers and astronomers. Moreover, the Vaal area has become the go-to getaway for all those who want to get away from the Joburg rush. This isn’t surprising seeing that it was once a stopover point for Imperial Airways (now British Airways) between Britain and South Africa, when passengers are able to make use of the hotels on shore of the dam.

Every year, the Vaal Dam experiences an influx of both local and international tourists who want to marvel in the scenic surroundings of this body of water. On its banks lies the little towns of Deneysville, Oranjeville, and Vaal Marina, which have capitalised on this beautiful tourist attraction.

People visit the Vaal Dam if they’re looking for some R&R time, action-packed adventure, or even a romantic escape. One town in particular that has earned its name “the holiday town” is Vaal Marina. This is the most sought-after destination out of all three coastal towns because of its magical waterfront views. It seemed only fitting that a boutique hotel that seeks to redefine luxury and bring a touch of tranquillity to all those who choose to stay there, would find its home in this picturesque holiday town.

Vaalnest Boutique Hotel, situated on a koppie, has a 90 degree view of the spectacular Vaal dam. It is the first, and only hotel in the quaint town of Vaal Marina. It remains the ultimate breakaway for couples, corporates, and adventure-seekers alike. So if you are looking to explore the Vaal dam in all its glory, make sure you stop by Vaalnest to receive the full Vaal experience.