The quaint little town of Parys (Afrikaans for 'Paris') is so named because its position on the Vaal River reminded a German surveyor working on the settlement at the time, of the larger, European city which languishes on the River Seine. While Parys has not caught up to its older sister in terms of size nor diversity, Parys is increasingly popular as a holiday destination among South Africans, especially Gauteng dwellers.
Parys is situated in the Northern Free State, just 120 kilometres from Johannesburg. It is filled with old buildings such as the Anglican Church, the Dutch Reformed Church and the Parys Museum and has become known as an antique hub. It is also home to myriad artists, many of whom have opened little galleries along Bree and Water Streets. The old world charm of Parys combined with its natural surroundings have made Parys an extremely popular choice amongst investors, so much so that it now boasts the highest per capita investment in South Africa.
Parys attractions which enhance its charm include a number of breweries - where honey beer and buchu beer are the norm- a brandy distillery and mampoer distillery (mampoer is a traditional South African moonshine). Alcohol aside, Parys also has a healthy culinary scene and a number of interesting coffee shops in venues such as book shops and even an old bus!
Nearby attractions include the largest wild olive forest in South Africa and a berry farm cultivating South Africa's only black raspberries. One of the most famous attractions however, is the Vredefort Dome, an ancient meteor impact site. The dome is a world heritage site owing to its geological importance to the global science fraternity.
Where non-scientists are concerned, it is a nature lover's and adrenaline junkies' version of heaven. Within the dome there is exceptional birdlife and 300 kilometres of wide open space. Vredefort is also suitable for mountain biking, 4x4ing abseiling and hot air balloon rides can also be organised.
Parys happens to be the only section of the Vaal River with rapids, making it a fun destination for white water rafting. For a more sedentary activity you can try fly-fishing. Whether you stay at one of the more modern hotels or an old school self-catering style establishment, Parys is definitely worth a visit, to do in beautiful surroundings.
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Le Grand Chateau Hotel is an elegant gem that lies in the heart of the Dome World Heritage Site. The hotel seamlessly blends elements of the original and the new,
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Woodlands Country Lodge is situated approximately 2km outside Parys where you will find variouse antique and coffee shops that can be explored as well as many restaurants for your enjoyment. The Lodge... More Info
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Mountain View Country Estate Guesthouse is situated outside Parys. Surrounded by picturesque mountain land. The result of a meteorite, the size of Table Mountain collided with Earth some 2020 million ... More Info
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The Dew Drop In is an old house which has been very tastefully modernised. It consists of two bedrooms inside the house of which one has an en-suit bathroom. Both bathrooms have a bath and shower. A s... More Info
This quant early 20 century restored cottage is ideal for families, couples and single persons.
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Located in the heart of the beautifull town of Parys, this stylish Guest House features 6 luxury guest suites next to our famous Restaurant and Art Gallery.
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The cottage is an old charm cottage focusing on privacy, comfort and neatness. Ideal for families, the cottage can accommodate up to four guests. A separate guest bedroom suite comprising of 2 bed... More Info
At River Cottages we offer both recreational and overnight accommodation in a breathtaking environment. We offer three fully equipped self-catering houses sleeping up to 12 guests per house as well as... More Info
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Hugged in the folds of the Vredefort Dome Heritage site, a mere one and a half hours drive from Johannesburg, lies the tranquil little guest farm Knopberg. Knopberg provides self catering accommodatio... More Info
The main facilities - the River House includes the “Otters’ Den” with the Porcupine Room attached. The Full Moon Bush Cabins, - are quite different in character. All are serviced, with linen supplie... More Info
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Great place to escape from the city. Was there for a quick visit but would love to explore Parys and surrounding areas a little more.
- Jan-Hendrik Van Tonder
Parys during the festive season had a warm, friendly and holiday atmosphere.
- Alta Struwig
Was nog altyd vir my n pragtige plek.
- Annelisa Pieterse
Parys is a cosy little town. Only an hour away from JHB and the perfect getaway from the Big city. An absolute must experience is Hoi Polloi Boutique Caffe with its eclectic style and absolute fabulous food.
- Bronwen Eksteen
A very clean and friendly town
- Bernadine Beech