The Vaal Dam, a majestic and scenic place to be this December

Posted by Collen on Fri October 23, 2015 in Responsible Tourism & Environmental News.

It is no surprise that Vaal Dam is very popular amongst the locals, but what really makes it very attractive is the picturesque views of small islands and the horizon.

The Vaal Dam surroundings offer magnificent areas to relax, from the Vaal Marina Waterfront that have Picnic Park like settings that enables one to 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 that’s full of activities to keep everybody busy. Apart from this beauty the 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 from years back to date. 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. Interestingly the 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. The Vaal Dam 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.