A Guide to Accommodation, Activities, Restaurants & Businesses in Parys, South Africa
Parys is an attractive town located in the Northern Free State region of the Free State Province in South Africa. Parys is the ideal breakaway from the city life as it is close enough for weekends way, however quiet enough to feel like you can relax. There are a large number of art galleries, antique and gift shops in the town which has become a popular settlement for many artists who have made Parys their home. The town has suddenly become one of the most sought after areas for property investment.
Just outside Parys is a farm cultivating South Africa's only black raspberries which visitors can have the experience of picking berries straight off the bushes during harvest season March - November.
Parys is known for the Vredefort Dome, a large asteroid impact site. The dome is South Africa's 7th World Heritage Site. Every year on the first weekend in November, the Parys Dome Adventure Festival takes place. With craft stalls, adventure activities, sports and music, it is quickly becoming one of the top outdoor festivals in the country!
Parys is the only place along the Vaal River that you will find rapids, this makes it great for water sports enthusiasts, with white water rafting and kayaking as the firm favourites. Parys has a lot to offer visitors to the area, it has unique geology with a diversity of flora and fauna. The town offers all the amenities and luxuries of a city, however retains its magical small town charm.
Parys has a wide variety of places to stay from bed and breakfasts, guest houses, hotels, self-catering units to camping sites. See our accommodation in Parys directory for more information on places to stay in the region.
Parys will certainly entertain the whole family with all its outdoor activities. Some of the things to do in Parys are as follows:-
- Golf Island - a special 9-hole golf course built across a 1919 suspension bridge
- Hiking trails
- Bird watching - at the Vredefort Dome-area
- Horse riding
- Cheetah breeding centre
- Hot air ballooning
- Stargazing - at the Vredefort Dome
- Mountain biking
- Quad biking
- Abseiling and Rock Climbing
- 4x4 Trails
- Parys Monument
- River rafting
There are a variety of businesses in the area to cater for all your needs. Tourists can enjoy the shops, stalls, products and restaurants that Parys has to offer. Please go to our businesses in Parys directory for a full list of businesses in the area.
For more information on Parys, please see www.free-state-info.co.za
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