Static boat holiday on the River Vaal, South Africa

Perfectly situated for a static boat holiday in South Africa, the River Vaal is less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg. With some of South Africa’s most beautiful towns situated along the Vaal River and the Vaal Dam, the visitor can relax and enjoy one of South Africa’s most unique areas. With its fantastic river views and the scenic Vaal Dam, the Vaal has it all.

We are based just off “Millionaires’ Bend” on the Vaal Barrage, an easy hour’s drive south from Johannesburg . Your house boat has been designed to the highest marine specifications by Australian naval architect Angelo Lavranos, and meets all marine safety requirements.

You can stay in this idyllic static location or you can take the helm of your house boat and navigate the Vaal River. There is no requirement for sailing qualifications, the boat being very easy to handle.

Cruise 55km of South Africa’s most dynamic permanently navigable inland waterway. Explore the vibrant shore front attractions, docking at restaurants, spas, golf courses and the Emerald Casino Resort.

Enjoy house-spotting on Millionaires’ Bend, there’s nothing nicer than sitting on your deck people watching!

Experience the tranquility of unspoilt wetlands, misty sunrises and balmy evenings. Anchor in a secluded spot, light up the on-board barbecue and watch the sun set. Then retire to bed on the boat under the starry sky with the lapping waves and croaking frogs as company. It’s totally exclusive and totally private; this experience will create wonderful memories.

If you do decide to leave the pontoon and venture to the local restaurants by boat there are overnight moorings at some of the riverfront restaurant jetties. After a lovely meal what could be nicer than to just potter down the pontoon and fall into bed!

A house boat charter on the Vaal River is a unique experience. It’s the perfect romantic getaway for a couple, tremendous for a family holiday, idyllic for honeymooners or groups of friends.

The area is known as outstanding for water rafting, fishing, the Aqua Dome, Animal World, spas, hiking, canoeing, and bird watching. The area around the river is teeming with birdlife, providing many opportunities to see a wide variety of different birds such as the African Shellduck, the Grey Heron, the Yellow Billed Egret and the African Spoonbill.

What’s more, during your winter in the UK, it’s beautifully hot here on the River Vaal!​