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Things to do in Vaal River

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“National Museum satellite exhibiting paintings & sculpture in a 1941 mansion with extensive gardens.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Sublocality Level 1
“Great views all over Bloemfontein, also home to the famous Nelson Mandela Statue”
  • 23 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“One of THE BEST Italian restaurants in town! Cosy, laid back and friendly hosts!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Book beforehand if you want a table in the lush garden overlooking the river. The riverside bar is great for a cocktail and they also have a "bar menu".”
  • 10 locals recommend
Store
“A non-profit conservation project dedicated to protecting and preserving the cheetah and other endangered and threatened species. No interaction with animals, but you will come close enough to hear a cheetah purr. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Virgin Active, Dischem, Reggies Toy Store, Sportsman's Warehouse, clothing shop, cellular, 24h Woolworths. A few restaurants (nothing to get excited about). ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Café
“I love the relaxed atmosphere of this family owned bakery in beautiful and quirky surrounds. Pop in to buy your fresh ciabatta and while you are about it a bag of ginger biscuits is a must . Enjoy the artwork over breakfast, lunch or coffee and the most delicious cake! Closed 2.30 pm Saturday- 8.am Monday ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good place to talk and laugh. Sometimes has live music, ambience always great.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Life Cafe Restaurant great place to eat. Sometimes they have live entertainment.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Nature
“Tree top fun through an indigenous forest. Zip-lining from platform to platform down a valley.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
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“Hoi Polloi is a Bohemian-style restaurant offering delicious contemporary fare, an impressive wine list and a good selection of craft beers. Opening for Lunch on Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm and for Dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 9pm. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Travel Agency
“Not to be missed, fun for the whole family - Abseiling, Archery, Mountain Biking, Putt-Putt, Wall Climbing , White River Rafting and Zip-lining”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Hidden in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg's Champagne Valley, located about ten kilometers from Winterton on the R600, visitors will find the Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre. The charming centre, which is covered by a thatched roof, was designed by a group of artists, and houses an impressive variety of small shops, galleries, playground, restaurant, bar and a tea garden, as well as the Central Berg Tourist Information Centre. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The biggest manmade hole in South Africa, with so much to do and enjoy surrounding it. And it wont even empty your wallet!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Place to eat
“If you are wanting an upmarket restaurant with great food, Clementine's is the place to go. It is popular, so you will need to book in advance.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Park
“If you feel like a hike, pick nick or just admiring over 400 beautiful plants, then the Botanical Gardens is your one way stop.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Italian Restaurant
“One of THE BEST Italian restaurants in town! Cosy, laid back and friendly hosts!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Book beforehand if you want a table in the lush garden overlooking the river. The riverside bar is great for a cocktail and they also have a "bar menu".”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good place to talk and laugh. Sometimes has live music, ambience always great.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Hidden in the heart of the KwaZulu Natal Drakensberg's Champagne Valley, located about ten kilometers from Winterton on the R600, visitors will find the Thokozisa Lifestyle Centre. The charming centre, which is covered by a thatched roof, was designed by a group of artists, and houses an impressive variety of small shops, galleries, playground, restaurant, bar and a tea garden, as well as the Central Berg Tourist Information Centre. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sleek, art restaurant with paintings and a New York theme, serving steaks and seafood. Suited for a date night or group outing. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The innovative restaurant concept was inspired by a father&son journey to South America to discover the magic of Argentinean asado- grilling with fire.”
  • 4 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
“Whether you are in the mood for steak or seafood, Beef Boys Grill is the place to visit. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“'Handmade, generous thin-based pizza. Classic, friendly Italian restaurant in Parys.'”
  • 3 locals recommend

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