The Vaal River provides most of the recreational entertainment for the resident of Vanderbijlpark and for its visitors. Boat cruises and water sports are a regular pastime along the banks of the River. The town also boasts many wonderful gardens and recreational areas, the town is said to be home to some 500 000 trees.
There are ample shops, restaurants and sports bars for visitors to peruse when the outdoor activities end for the day. The town boast a casino to be proud of which has also become an invaluable attraction for the town.
Accommodation includes Hotels and Resorts, Guest Houses, B&B’s as well as backpackers, camping and caravan parks.
Things to do and see
- Emerald Casino
- Vaal River
- Sharpville Heritage Precinct
- Vaal Mall
- Jabulani Butterfly Garden - Vereeniging
- Paint in the Park – Klip River Nature Reserve
- Meyerton Golf Course
- Hector Pieterson Museum – Soweto
Most rainfall is in the summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 26˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 3˚C and 19˚C.
There are Domestic and International flights into Johannesburg’s O R Tambo Airport and Lanseria Airport on a daily basis. Bus services, the Gautrain, taxis and car rental companies are available for easy access around the area.
August – Stonehaven Spring Beer Festival: Over 4 000 guests come to celebrate the start of spring along the banks of the Vaal River. Popular live bands, food and beer!
September – Vaal Show: Wheels at the Vaal Vintage & Steam Festival: Food, drink entertainment and Vintage Cars for three days!
In 1941 the South African Iron and Steel Industrial Corporation (ISCOR) began building a steel works close to the Vaal River, downstream from the Vaal Dam.
A place to house the workers was essential. A 118 hectare site with a river frontage was selected, and here in 1952 a town was laid out and named after Dr. H.J van der Bijl, and electrical engineer and the then chairman of the Iron and Steel Corporation.
Now known as Vanderbijlpark Steel, it is the largest heavy engineering works south of the equator.
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