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Google search for "Parys Tourist Information" and "Attractions / Activities / Things To Do in
Parys", will yield several
websites to assist you as to what is on offer, besides our ghostly
You will spend the weekend right inside the UNESCO
World Heritage Site's 'Vredefort
the crater being the very reason that gold came up
to the surface in the famous Free State & Witwatersrand gold
diagram further below). The
hit the Vredefort area is the largest ever to
have struck the planet.
The impact crater changed the environment, giving it
both a Kruger National Park-like and paradisiacal
environmental appearance, which is very different from the rest of the Free State and North West provinces.
So all round, you are in for an abundance of unique treats the whole weekend long, or you can just relax - up to you.
During the free time you can rest up, or
trip into town to the antique shops, art galleries, pubs, restaurants (for
lunch, or have a picnic on the river). Maybe take a short
trip into the country, where you
can also visit the old gold mining village of Venterskroon, with its
superb country restaurant, haunted courthouse & haunted jail cells
will all be shown to you by the information officer on duty at the
information centre, which was the old court house).
swimming or fishing (the resort has 2 swimming pools and
some of the best fly-fishing in the area), river rafting, golfing,
birding, visit a big cat
park, go on a trail or short hike. Visit the famous Suspension Bridge
with its Lover's Locks (if you wish to add a lock and don't have one,
there are a few hardware shops in town which sell locks until 1pm on
Instead of having lunch at a restaurant, have a picnic anywhere
along the Vaal River (or have lunch or a picnic at the resort if you wish).
eye out for otters & ground squirrels (both of which you can
see at the resort).
Take a Dome Tour (2 1/2
hours) with Christo Meyer on cellphone 083 - 406 0841 http://kopjeskraal.co.za/tours (includes
lookout point showing the impact
structure of the inner ring of the world's largest & oldest
impact crater at 2.02 billion years old). Take a Dome,
Geology, Battlefield or Historical tour, or do some Rafting, Walks
& Hikes - all with Graeme Addison on cellphone 084 - 245 2490
The resort itself also offers a host of activities (including
team-building activities), where you can contact Stone Adventures on
tel: 056 - 811 4664. Note: All of the aforegoing at your own cost.
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