Attractions and history of the Vaal Dam

Posted by Collen on Fri April 24, 2015 in Vaalnest News.

There is so much to know about our beloved Vaal Dam, with so much hype surrounding it, it is no wonder it’s the most spoken about site to many people within the Vaal Triangle and Gauteng. The Vaal Dam surroundings offer magnificent areas to relax and one can take the time to watch the calm waters and beautiful sunsets on a good day. A very romantic scenery yet also a good family getaway spot. Vaal Dam is full of history, its vast size allows for some of the rarest fish in the world to flourish which makes it the perfect spot for fishers. The Vaal Dam lies on the Vaal River, which is one of South Africa's strongest-flowing rivers making it ideal for water spots such as white water rafting and kayaking. This attracts many tourists and remains a good adventure spot for many locals as well. Other rivers flowing into the dam are the Wilge River, Klip River, Molspruit and Grootspruit. It has over 800 kilometres of shoreline and is South Africa's second biggest dam by area and the fourth largest by volume. With these huge numbers it gives one the idea of what the Vaal area offers when it comes to adventure. Other attractions include camp resorts and hiking trails around the rugged dense vegetation which offer natural experiences for those adventure travellers and campers. The Vaal Dam has its own island which is measured to be 5km long. The island was known to be used as a secret meeting place by the apartheid government but now hosts the annual Round Island Yacht race which is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records to earn the title of the largest inland yacht race. All of these amazing features are at the doorstep of any individual that wants to experience nature at its best around the historical and majestic Vaal Dam. Visit our Activity page to view more activities.