10 Things to Do in Parys That You Shouldn't Miss

November 8, 2017 Jacquiline Delozier

Parys (pronounced /ˈpɑːreɪs/) is a town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State province of South Africa. The name of the town is the Afrikaans translation of Paris. The name was given by a German surveyor named Schilbach who had participated in the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War and the location next to the Vaal reminded him of Paris on the River Seine. The area of Parys also includes the two townships Tumahole and Schonkenville.
Restaurants in Parys

1. Skydive Parys

Parys Aerodrome, Parys 9585, South Africa
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5 based on 45 reviews

Skydive Parys

Skydive Parys offers the adrenalin junkie and thrill seeker a chance to experience the very awesome world of Skydiving by participating in a Tandem Skydive over the Famous Vrederfort Dome World Heritage Site in Parys, South Africa. No previous experience needed to participate in a Tandem Skydive.

Reviewed By Vanessa B - Alberton, South Africa

On arrival we were greeted by friendly staff. It was a family jump which was my husband (the instigator), daughter and myself (nervous mom). We got our briefing which was simple enough on what all I needed to remember and do (I think....). Then we...MoreThank you so much for the incredible review. I am very pleased that you decided to jump and enjoyed the experience with us. Remember the 2nd jump is even better, now that you know what to expect. We hope to see you back soon.

2. The Dell Cheetah Centre

Dell Reserve, Parys 9585, South Africa +27 82 691 5537
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5 based on 28 reviews

The Dell Cheetah Centre

Reviewed By Consultcinda - Michigan City, Indiana

We had a terrific opportunity to see cheetah, an animal we will probably never be able to see in the wild due to dwindling numbers. The owner/operator, Estelle, opened up our tour with a really interesting talk on all aspects of the cheetah. We learned so much about why the cheetah numbers are dwindling so rapidly, and what makes the cheetah such a unique and marvelous animal. We were at the center on a Sunday, when the cheetah are given a big bone. So we saw the cheetah up close and personal in many different situations. Another highlight are the other wild cats that are usually not seen in the wild. We highly recommend a visit to the Dell cheetah project.

3. R.E.A.L Adventures

Town centre, Parys 9585, South Africa +27 56 817 6638
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

R.E.A.L Adventures

Reviewed By Gloriadc69 - Johannesburg, South Africa

This was one of the most enjoyable adventures I've had in a very long time..... For first timers we were a lil anxious and water rafting was one of our Bucket List..... Jonas you were amazing so patient and so funny but sorry for disappointing you.... NO SWIMMERS your knowledge of the river was amazing ... We got to see Fish Eagles and lunch those wraps were delish..... Thank you for making this experience an anazing one ..... We will be BACK when the river is fuller...

4. Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio

75 Bree Street, Parys 9585, South Africa +27 82 452 9459
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5 based on 14 reviews

Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio

Vintage photo studio. Come and play dress up in yesteryear styles. Sepia portraits. Boudoir photography. Create magical memories. Fun activity for everyone. Courtyard garden. Intimate parties. Professional photographic studio.

Reviewed By j0hanvanzyl - Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

This was my first ever "Photo Shoot" as a middle aged man, I never thought I would do something like this. As an excellent gift idea from the wife for a birthday, we both got dressed up by Belinda in her professional style as only they can do. We had great fun making photo memories of yesteryear. We will definitely be back with a few friends. I can definitely recommend this to anyone.
Johan

5. Oppie Plaas Parys

R53 Road, Parys 9585, South Africa +27 82 633 6685
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4.5 based on 11 reviews

Oppie Plaas Parys

Reviewed By Vernon7777

An authentic farm atmosphere. A refreshing change from the run of the mill pretentious venues. Oppie Plaas is rather original in its approach to hospitality. Lovely farm style food (try the Bobotie Pie) and basic old school kids play area add to its charm A few farm animals to keep the kids amused. Owner run by very hospitable husband and wife team. Rustic and refreshing, pure Plaas. It is what it is, and i love it.

6. Vredefort Dome

Venterskroon, Parys, South Africa +27 56 811 2078
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Vredefort Dome

Mounatains, River, Bushveld and rugged beauty draw visitors to this unique World Heritage Site. A geological treasure trove, white water rafting, Africa's wildlife, Bushveld, trillions of stars, amazing sunsets, and wonderful people. Only 90 minutes from Johannesburg but a whole different world. There are a wide variety of accommodation venues available including camping and caravan sites. Use of a registered guide is well advised for an informative tour. Heritage Site tours range from 90 minutes to full day.

Reviewed By podrozniczka60 - New Jersey

We consider ourselves almost "chosen ones" - well, at least very lucky - because we were able to spend several wonderful days in the area and with the help of excellent guides and passionate local people we got to appreciate power, beauty and charm of Vredefort.
At the same time I have to admit it is not the easiest attraction to navigate by yourself so plan your stay ahead to get the most out of it.
Normally all over the world you can begin your visit to a national park or World Heritage Site like Vredefort by starting from the local visitor center. Unfortunately due to misfortunes and slow moving wheels of bureaucracy the visitor complex is closed and not accessible to the public.
You have to rely on skilled help of the motivated locals. We met several truly amazing people who helped us. I will try to give a few helpful suggestions.
We stayed in a lovely animal preserve Morala. We had the pleasure of hiking with Warren of Impact Crater Trails. Warren is the best guide, devoted environmentalist with profound knowledge of the Vredefort Dome Heritage Site and its environs. It is hard to describe what a pleasure it was to have him as a guide and leader in the exploration of the area.
Another way to explore the area is to contact Christo Meyer of Kopjeskraal Country Lodge. For persons who cannot hike, he organizes expeditions to the high viewing point of Vredefort Heritage Site via his all terrain vehicle. At the top of that high point there is a sign recognizing the Vredefort Heritage Site - of course this is a nice "souvenir photo opportunity". You can stay in his lodge and make it your base.
Another worthy contact is Graeme Addison popular science writer and researcher. Organize activities through his "Blast! Talks and Trail" company.We visited his lodge Otters' Hount and participated in one of the talks he organized. His company was the first one to introduce white water rafting in the area and in entire South Africa.
The last night in the area we spent in SunWa lodge and joined the Vredefort bus and walking scientific tour organized in connection with the geology conference.
So even if it is not instantly easy the Vredefort Dome is a worthwhile destination and your effort will be rewarded by the fantastic memories you are likely to create... We fell in love with the area and would love some day to be back for more hiking.
Hopefully the authorities intend to work on logistics for visitors especially the Visitor Center.

7. Earth Adventures

Vredefort Dome, Parys 9585, South Africa
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4.5 based on 7 reviews

Earth Adventures

Reviewed By Mpho C - Pretoria, South Africa

Thank you to daddy's deal and Mr. Jaco, the river rafting adventure was super amazing for one to experiencing and learn how to move a boat and paddle forward.
Earth adventures in Parys it's nice and I would like to encourage family, friends, colleagues to visit that place for outdoors adventures and family picnics. It was my first time finding myself cruising into Vaal River on a boat for 12km adventure, they gave us a water break in the rafting and the adventure starts at 9am and one can bring their food and drinks on the journey. I'm looking forward to do it again in 2017. The earth adventures team thank you guys for the tour guide and amazing fun you guys gave us. #ShotLeft #thisissouthafrica #travel

8. Bon-Af Berry Farm

R59 Parys/Sasolburg Road, Parys 9585, South Africa +27 56 811 3966
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3.5 based on 34 reviews

Bon-Af Berry Farm

Reviewed By DeonTerBlanche - Parys, South Africa

Bon-af berry farm is a working farm just outside Parys. They have over 80 varieties of berries that you can pick at your own pace for consumption on site or for take away. They have a small shop with a variety of farm produce. Also a small tea garden with great meals

9. River Spa

C/o Grewar and Vos Street, Parys, South Africa +27 84 513 1425
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River Spa

Reviewed By KerryLeighBennett - Vanderbijlpark, South Africa

I have been here for a ladies pamper session and one day for a couples Valentines massage. Both times i received the friendliest service and most professional care. The ladies that have massaged me are really strong which i love. We also spent a few minutes in the Jacuzzi which was really fun. Perfect location, friendly staff and the best service. This venue is unfortunately for people with walk disabilities but other wise highly recommended to everyone.

10. Pine's Emporium

95 Bree Street, Parys 9585, South Africa +27 56 817 2586
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Pine's Emporium

Reviewed By wouter457 - Fochville, South Africa

Not only is there much to see and buy, but they have the quaintest little café inside which sells the nicest food and Deserts. Apart from that, the decor, atmosphere and music takes you back to a bygone period. Luv it!!!!!

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