Directions to Carryblaire River Retreat, Vaal River

River view from the main lodge. Picture Gallery

Carryblaire River Retreat is close to Parys, a small and vibrant town on the banks of the Vaal River, Free State, South Africa.

This Free State guest house is 20 minutes from Parys which is located in the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. Parys, on the Vaal River, Free State, South Africa, is a popular country town with a variety of attractions including wonderful antique shops, art galleries and adventure sports.

Parys is 120km (75 miles) from Johannesburg and actually situated within the Vredefort Dome - the remains of an ancient crater. This crater was formed 2000 million years ago when a massive meteorite the size of Table Mountain struck the earth, with the centre of impact near Vredefort. The crater was approximately 90km (56 miles) in diameter.

Driving Directions:

Carryblaire River Retreat is situated along the banks of the Vaal River, Free State, South Africa. Please note older Garmin Maps do not show the gravel roads.

GPS Coordinates:


From Johannesburg / Sasolburg / N1:

This route includes 13km / 8 miles of dirt road. Take the N1 to Bloemfontein; continue through the Grasmere toll plaza. Approx 1km (0.6 miles) before the Kroonvaal toll plaza take the R59 turnoff to Parys / Sasolburg. Turn right towards Parys. After around 800 metres / yards turn right towards Barrage, and then first left onto the S280 dirt road. Travel straight for about 7km (4 miles) on dirt until you reach a T- Junction. Turn right onto the S171. After 1km / 0.6 miles, turn first left onto the S1052. Follow this road for about 3km (1.8 miles) through bends. Careful the road is not great here. At the 3km (1.8 mile) mark follow the S1052 bend left and then right. The distance from Johannesburg central is about 120km (7 miles) or a 75 minute drive. Drive safely and please look out for birds and animals on the dirt roads at night.

From Parys / Potchefstroom:

This route includes 9km / 6 miles of dirt road. Drive out of Parys on the R59 towards Sasolburg. About 3km (1.8 miles) out of Parys, just before the airfield, turn left at the Vaal Eden sign. After around 500 metres / yards turn left on the S1052. Travel for 8km (5 miles) through several bends. Carryblaire entrance is on your left. The distance from Parys is 14km (9 miles) or a 20 minute drive. Drive safely and please look out for birds and animals on the dirt roads at night.

Main Lodge at Carryblaire River Retreat, Free State, South Africa.

Free State Guest House | Carryblaire River Resort | Guesthouse On The Vaal River

Carryblaire River Retreat is beautifully located on the Vaal River in the Free State, South Africa. This 4 star guesthouse offers honeymoon and conference packages, fly fishing, canoeing

Romantic accommodation with nettings.

Canoeing near Carryblaire River Retreat.

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