Deneysville, on the southern banks of the Vaal Dam, was established in 1939 and was named after Deneys Reitz, son of a former President of the Free State. The hunting lodge originally used by Deneys Reitz is on the banks of Vaal Dam and now serves as a church. Deneysville boasts numerous yacht clubs, marinas, boat chandlers and builders and repair yards – it is an authentic water-sport playfield. The town and surroundings are a registered urban conservancy and it is therefore not strange to spot the odd hare, porcupine, hedgehog or other small animal right in the middle of town.
Adventure And Sport
Air ventures: The town has an airfield that can be used by light aircraft and micro-light planes.
Anchor Creek Marina: The Marina has accommodation in caravans or on a houseboat. It also offers yacht and boat charters and sunset cruises. There are picnic and braai (barbecue) areas, as well as a swimming pool on the premises.
Hiking: The Klipkraal Hiking Trail is a clearly marked route through a tranquil environment with game and many birds. Over-night accommodation on the trail consists of a base camp that can sleep up to 30 people, and Kiepersol Cottage which is self-catering and sleeps four.
Regatta: The biggest inland yacht race in the world, the Round-the-Island Race, is held on Vaal Dam, near Deneysville each year. Lake Deneys Yacht Club hosts the race and approximately 500 to 700 watercraft usually enter; ranging from dinghies to catamarans and keelboats.
Water sports: Angling (carp, yellow fish and barbel) swimming, sailing and boating opportunities abound, as do water skiing and boardsailing opportunities.
Yacht cruises: Vicita’s Executive Charters offer luxury yacht cruises on the Vaal Dam. Choose between day, sundown or overnight cruises.
Art And Crafts
Art gallery: Gallery Girard and Tiley, on the banks of the Vaal Dam, sells a wide variety of paintings, sculptures, pottery and antique furniture. It also promotes the local art and crafts of the Vaal triangle.
Ceramics: Visit Trucraft Studio at 12 van der Merwe Street for exclusive handmade and hand-painted ceramics or join one of the educational tours through the studio.
Fauna And Flora
Bird- and game-watching: Many aquatic and other species of birds have made this area their home. As the entire area is an urban conservancy, many animals can be spotted and their whereabouts are generally a surprise since one would expect many of them to be living only in the wild.
Vaal Dam Wall Tours: An inspection of the dam wall will allow visitors to appreciate the vastness of the dam, its wall and the work that went into its construction.