Discover the great outdoors in the Vaal

2018-09-03 09:29 - ADVERTORIAL
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Capitec’s #LiveBetter experiences is here to uncover some of the best spots around 3 of our major cities. This week they’re in the Vaal area, where they’ve planned a weekend away for Joburgers. Known for the impressive Vaal Dam and extensive Vaal River network, it’s the ideal destination for a breakaway from city life.

Capitec cardholders receive exclusive discounts

When visiting any of our Vaal partners from 1 September – 31 October 2018, mention that you’re paying with a Capitec card to ensure a discount. Not based in Joburg? Don’t worry, Capitec clients also get discounts on flights with Travelstart.

Friday – Arrive in the Vaal

Accommodation – Old Willow No.7 Houseboat Charters

10% off your booking when you pay with your Capitec card.

Looking for unique accommodation? Charter a houseboat on the Vaal River! Once you’ve gone through the rules and regulations, you’ll be issued a temporary Skipper’s License. As the captain, you decide where and when to set anchor – with 55km of waterway to explore, there is plenty to see and do. Each houseboat is fully equipped and can sleep up to 5 people, all you need to bring is your clothes, food and towels.

T 083 391 4884 or visit their website.

Dinner – Stonehaven on Vaal

5% of your bill when you pay with your Capitec card.

Enjoy a memorable dinner on the banks of the Vaal River at South Africa’s largest al fresco garden restaurant. Set on 18 lush acres and boasting a garden with more than 1 000 rose bushes, guests can choose to dine on the manicured lawn, on the terrace overlooking the river or large groups can be accommodated aboard “The Spirit of Jen”. Stroll to the River Pub for a nightcap before you turn in for the night.

T 016 982 2951 or visit their website.

Saturday – Enjoy the town

Breakfast – Old Willow No.7 Houseboat Charters

10% off your booking when you pay with your Capitec card.

Be woken by bird song and enjoy coffee while you slowly cruise the waterways and watch the sunrise from the upper deck of your houseboat. Before you tackle an adventure-filled day, cook up a storm in the houseboat’s galley. Just don’t forget to pack the breakfast essentials!

T 083 391 4884 or visit their website.

Weltevrede Lion Park

Are you wild at heart? Get up close and personal with Africa’s cats at this family-friendly park where you can pet a cheetah or cuddle a lion cub! To see all the park’s wildlife, including lions and buffalo (part of the Big 5), go on a game drive or take a guided tour. Before you leave, don’t miss a visit to the park’s range to try your hand at clay pigeon shooting.

T 082 823 1038 or visit their website.

Lunch – Con Gusto

Enjoy a free glass of house wine when paying with your Capitec card.

Opened in 2017 by gourmet chef and restaurateur, Franco De Nuzzo, this family restaurant offers authentic Italian cuisine. Choose one of the mouth-watering chef’s specials or enjoy a wood-fired, thin crust pizza. If you have a sweet tooth, round off your meal with Tiramisu, a traditional Italian dessert, or a Nutella-smothered pizza base that’s topped with icing sugar and nuts.

T 016 932 2856 or visit their website.

Vaal Dam Boat Cruises

10% off your booking when you pay with your Capitec card.

Charter a private boat cruise to celebrate a special occasion or spend the afternoon out on the dam with family and friends. The boat can accommodate up to 33 guests and is equipped with everything you’ll need for a day of fun in the sun. Enjoy a relaxed cruise or get the party started with the on-board sound system. If you’re keen to do water sports, pack sunscreen and towels and go wakeboarding, kneeboarding, skiing or tubing.

T 016 371 2452 or visit their website.

Accommodation – La Best Vaal Manor

10% off your booking when you pay with your Capitec card.

Stay on the banks of the Vaal Dam in La Best Vaal Manor. This luxurious 5-bedroom house can accommodate up to 8 adults and 4 children with plenty of open spaces to enjoy the views of the 100m private shoreline. Enjoy a boma braai evening, life size chess or relax in the crystal clear pool. Water sports available on request.

T 010 786 0075 or visit their website.

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Dinner – House of Curries

10% off your bill when you pay with your Capitec card.

Add some spice to your evening and enjoy a meal at this family-friendly Indian restaurant. Their menu is extensive with a range of dishes made using fragrant spices. If you feel brave, order a hot curry that packs a punch or opt for a mild bunny chow – a not-to-be-missed South African curry dish where the curry is served in a hollowed-out half loaf of bread.

T 016 932 4813

Sunday – Say goodbye

Breakfast – La Best Vaal Manor

10% off your booking when you pay with your Capitec card.

End a perfect weekend away on a high note and show off your culinary skills while cooking a delicious breakfast to compliment the views over the Vaal Dam. Stroll along the private shoreline with coffee in hand and soak up the morning sun. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some of the local wildlife, including black-backed jackals and African Fish Eagles before before you pack up and head home.

T 010 786 0075 or visit their website.