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THINGS TO DO IN PARYS

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SELF DRIVE ROUTES
Self drive routes are perfect for those who wish to explore the Vredefort Dome on their own. The Parys Info Office will provide you with a pocket guide with map of the surrounding area that will take you through the Dome Area. You are welcome to visit resorts and lodges on your way that caters for day visitors. Most of these places got something interesting to see and explore, whether it be the bequeathment to the area by the meteorite, historical battle sites or buildings or the breathtaking fauna and flora.

GUIDED TOURS
During guided tours you are escorted by a qualified and experienced guide who will provide you with an in depth understanding of the Meteorite Impact that occurred 2023 million years ago. On the tour you will visit the Old Gold Mine Tunnels dating back to 1889, the Late Iron Age Site of Askoppies, Anglo Boer war Sites, Bushmen Etchings on Granophyre Dykes and the World’s Largest Wild Olive Grove.

DAILY EXCURSIONS
Parys is situated on the Vaal River in the Freestate - to fly in a hot air balloon over the river is a truly unforgettable experience!

Visitors can expend some energy and get an adrenalin fix with some challenging sporting activities like river rafting, abseiling, adventure racing and mountain biking.

The Vaal River at Parys is an exciting whitewater rafting destination. Embark on a day of river rafting and experience the thrill and challenges of conquering the rapids of the mighty Vaal River. River Rafting is seasonal and rapid grades depend on water flow. All rafting is conducted by qualified guides.

For the wild at heart the more challenging rapids of the Upper Vaal awaits, offering a higher water flow. Vischgat awaits you!

Safe and exciting quad biking at several venues around the Vredefort Dome, offer the thrill and challenges of negotiating a quad bike around a cross-country trail while appreciating the breath taking scenery.

Quad biking is an ideal break away for corporate companies, families and individuals wishing to break away from the every day hustle and bustle of city life.

Paintball offer a truly unique playing field on the scenic banks of the Vaal River that is both challenging and spectator friendly.

Affordable prices ensure paintball to be more accessible to the general public and the adrenalin junkie.

Operators actively promote respect for the environment, using paintballs that are bio degradable and environmentally safe.
A registered bird sanctuary near Parys boasts approximately 450 species of birds. Impressively, 100 of these have been identified such as the Goliath heron, paradise fly catchers, spotted eagle owls, cardinal woodpeckers, black breasted prinias and fish eagles are amongst the more esteemed visitors, while white eyes, sunbirds, black collared barbets, bishop birds and crested barbets frolic in the glades on a daily basis.

The Yellowish that leap through the water are considered to rival Trout in their ability to entice fishermen in a challenge of wits.

For those travellers interested in walks there are the various beautiful hiking trails with an abundance of animal and bird life. The trail passes historical battle sites and fascinating deserted diamond diggings.

Travellers can play on two excellent 18-hole courses, both of which are on islands in the Vaal River, with one of them located in two provinces. Each of them has a clubhouse on the island where players can play the 19th hole!

If you have come to Parys on a Yamaha or Harley-Davidson you will find excellent pit stops for a much needed Boere-breakfast and coffee. The Dome Motor Cycle Rally which yearly takes place in Parys during April, offers riders and spectators a great weekend's entertainment, with loads of prizes to be won.

TEAM BUILDING
In the business arena, all companies and organizations utilize a combination of financial, technological, information, and natural resources, together with a staffing component to produce and deliver a product and/or service to the market.

However, have you ever considered that all these resources are meaningless without people, that all of these resources except people can easily be copied at a given price? Yes, it is true that certain people competencies can be headhunted from rival or other companies, but a team can never be copied.

SHOPS
Spend a weekend exploring the arts and crafts in Parys. There are numerous excellent coffee shops in town and lovely arts and crafts shops which are perfect for finding great mementoes. Outstanding art galleries will take your breath away with the work of many well known artists like Chris Hattingh, Melinda van Schalkwyk, Chris de Beer and Ian van den Bergh, to name but a few. Real interesting is the modern, abstract offering in steel art at Die Blakermaker, the oldest steel artist in Parys. As of late the gallery also exhibit examples of a combination of two very different art forms in one, which will attracted the attention of those who are always looking out for something very different and unique.

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