Dimalachite River Lodge

Dimalachite is a very popular white water rafting destination for friends & family, corporate & school groups.

Grade

Epic

Disabled Friendly

No

Accommodation

Yes

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

We are situated on the banks of the Vaal-river, close to Parys, in the Vredefort-Dome World Heritage Site. Dimalachite is named after the MALACHITE KINGFISHER (Aloeda Cristata) that nests along the banks of the Vaal-river, surrounded by water, wildlife and nature – where the call of the Fish Eagle can be heard from time to time. Accommodation options range from three-star lodges, regular chalets, camping sites on the riverbank and a youth hostel. We welcome private families and friends, corporate clients, adventure seekers and school groups. Come and relax at the swimming pool, do bird watching, paddle on the river or enjoy the thrill of Whitewater Rafting. Join us for a guided game drive, guided fishing trip, corporate team-building, conferencing or leadership camp. The kids can bring their bicycles, swim, play at the jungle gym, try the trampolines, play mini golf or do paint-ball target shooting. Enjoy your evenings with friends, family or colleagues on the riverbank around a campfire. Our corporate clients can be sure of our best service, scrumptious meals (in the vintage boma or dining room) and great activities. ABOUT THE FISHING:
• VAAL RIVER – 9km from PARYS.
• With deep holes and rapids, Dimalachite is the ideal fishing venue for fly as well as deep-water fishing.
• The biggest Large mouth yellow caught here on fly was 24lb.
• Our motto is “catch and release”. So please take a nice photo, and release the fish as soon as possible.
• We rent out rafts (if available) to paddle to the islands and rapids, or you can bring your own.

ABOUT THE RAFTING:
• The Vaal River, close to Parys, has some of the best White Water Rapids in South Africa.
• Dimalachite is a very popular white water rafting destination for friends & family, corporate & school groups. We offer Mild to Wild White Water Rafting as well as relaxed paddling.
• Bring your family, friends, and colleagues for a trip they will never forget. We will make your day!

Game Viewing:
We have oryx, red hartebeest, sable antelope, nyala, kudu, water-buck, zebra, duiker, impala, spring-buck, steenbok, and fallow deer on the small farm. Day and night game drives are available. It is not a long drive, but you will see plenty of game. Most of the game is used to our vehicles, so you will be able to take great photos (see below). Ask for a sundowner or Bush Braai – only available on special request.

Corporate Team Building:
Visit Dimalachite and enjoy our unforgettable team-building activities like survivor challenge, team games, white water rafting, sunset cruise on rafts, target shooting, drumming session etc. Make use of our fully equipped conference facility with data projector, big screen, sound system, white board and flip charts. You will enjoy our Scrumptious meals. Accommodation options: Luxury lodges and/or regular chalets. Self-catering or fully catered. Camping for the outdoor lover. Two world class golf courses are at our doorstep on islands in the Vaal river around Parys. Book in with us, and play two great courses over a weekend.

School Camps:
Visit Dimalachite and enjoy our unforgettable team-building, leadership and fun activities like survivor challenge, tribal council, white water rafting, sunset cruise on rafts, target shooting, drumming etc. Make use of our fully equipped conference facility with data projector, big screen, sound system, white board and flip charts. You will enjoy our Scrumptious meals. Accommodation options: Teachers in regular chalets. Learners in 3-bed sleeping rooms or 20-bed dormitories. Camping for the outdoor lovers.

Lodge 1:
• Self catering
• Thatched roof
• Bedding and towels supplied
• Main bedroom with double bed
• Loft with 3 beds.
• Two build in beds in the living area
• Maximum 7 people
• Fully equipped kitchen with fridge, sink, four plate stove with oven, microwave kettle, toaster etc.
• Bathroom with bath & shower
• Braai area outside
• Dstv dish – bring own decoder, remote, smart card & cable.
• We keep a few fishing sites available for all accommodation units, but you can book your own private fishing site at extra cost
• The lodge is more private and closer (±50m) to the river.
• Distance to closest fishing site ±100m

Lodge 2&3:
• Two units available – away from the rest of the camp (more private).
• Self catering
• Thatched roof
• Bedding and towels supplied
• Main bedroom with 2 ¾ beds
• Loft with 2 beds.
• ¾ Sleeper couch (for kids) in the living area.
• Maximum 6 people per unit
• Fully equipped kitchen with fridge, sink, four plate stove with oven, microwave, kettle, toaster etc.
• Outside braai area
• Bathroom with shower
• Dstv dish – bring own decoder, remote, smart card & cable.
• We keep a few fishing sites available for all accommodation units, but you can book your own private fishing site at extra cost
• The lodge is more private and closer (±60m) to the river.
• Distance to closest fishing site ±100m Ask for a fishing site in Visarend camp or in the corner – depending on availability

Lodges 4&5:
• This is two thatched roofed units adjacent to each other.
• Each unit has a big patio and great view over the river.
• Self catering
• Thatched roof
• Bedding and towels supplied
• Main bedroom with 2 ¾ beds
• Living room 2 built in beds
• Maximum 4 people per unit
• Fully equipped kitchen with fridge, sink, two plate stove with oven, microwave, kettle, toaster etc.
• Outside braai area.
• On-suite bathroom with a corner bath and separate shower
• Dstv dish – bring own decoder, remote, smart card & cable. (HD PVR and Explorer does not work)
• We keep a few shared fishing sites available for all accommodation units, but you can book your own private fishing site at extra cost.
• The lodges are more private and closer (±50m) to the river.
• Distance to closest fishing site ±100m depending on availability.

Chalets 1 – 4:
• Self catering
• 2 Bedrooms with four ¾ beds.
• Staged bed in living room.
• Maximum 6 people
• Fully equip kitchen with fridge, sink, four plate stove with oven, microwave, kettle, toaster etc.
• Bathroom with shower
• Bedding and towels supplied
• Outside braai facilities
• About 80m from river and 150m from fishing sites (depending on availability).
• We keep a few shared fishing sites available for all accommodation units, but you can book your own private fishing site at extra cost.
• No TV

Chalets 5&6
• Two units available.
• Self catering / open plan units.
• Each unit has two ¾ beds and a staged bed.
• Maximum 4 people
• Fully equip kitchen with fridge, sink, four plate stove with oven, microwave, kettle, toaster etc.
• Bathroom with shower
• Outside braai facilities.
• About 80m from river.
• About 150m from fishing sites (depending on availability)
• We keep a few shared fishing sites available for all accommodation units, but you can book your own private fishing site at extra cost.

Chalet 7:
• Self-catering (same standard as the lodges but situated closer to the chalets)
• Main bedroom with on suite bathroom and two ¾ beds.
• Second bedroom with 2 ¾ beds.
• Third bedroom wit 2 staged beds (sleeps 4 kids).
• Maximum 8 people
• Fully equipped kitchen.
• Second bathroom with shower
• Outside braai facilities.
• About 100m from river and 150m from fishing sites depending on availability.
• We keep a few shared fishing sites available for all accommodation units, but you can book your own private fishing site at extra cost.
• No TV

Rondawel 1&2:
• Self catering.
• 1 bedroom with two ¾ beds.
• ¾ built-in bed in living room.
• Maximum 3 adults
• Fully equipped kitchen with fridge, sink, four plate stove with oven, microwave, kettle, toaster etc
• Rondawel 1 has a bathroom with bath and rondawel 2 has a bathroom with shower.
• Outside braai facilities.
• About 80m from river and fishing sites, depending on availability.
• We keep a few shared fishing sites available for all accommodation units, but you can book your own private fishing site at extra cost. No TV

Camping:
• The camping facilities has a three star grading.
• There are 60 campsites on the riverbank to choose from. with Eskom electricity (three-point plugs), and braai facilities.
• The 28 fishing sites are directly on the water, and a bit more expensive – less shade so please bring a gazebo.
• The 32 non-fishing sites are in the second row, or directly on the river (not suitable for fishing) and they are cheaper.
• Maximum six people per stand. The more people booked per stand, the cheaper the cost per person.
• We book specific sites for you when doing a booking, and you only pay for the number of people on the stand.
• There are two sculleries with warm and cold water for dishwashing.
• The stands are ±10m x 10m and bigger, and we allow up to 6 people per stand.
• Most of the campsites have grass and trees for shade, but the more shade there is, the more difficult it is to grow grass – so some sites do not have grass.
• There are two ladies (one upgraded – see photos) and two men ablution blocks that, although they are rather old buildings, it is well maintained with staff cleaning on a regular basis.
• The tariffs on the web page includes all cost. With electricity cost rising drastically, please help us by not using extra freezers, spotlights, air-cons etc. otherwise we will have no option as to increase our tariffs.
• Please use hot water sparingly. Thanks!
• If you want to enjoy the evening around a campfire, please bring a suitable burner that will keep the heat from the grass. Burners can also be rented from the kiosk to make a camp-fire.
• Fires on the ground are strictly prohibited.
• All sites next to the river has a lovely view over the river. The non-fishing sites in the second row is not directly on the river.
• We are VERY fortunate that we haven’t had any crime related incidents so far. With the right clients, it may well be so in the future!

For the Kids:
• Jungle gym and baby pool for the small ones.
• The bigger kids can use the swimming pool, put-put, use the trampolines, do target shooting and paddle on the river with dad.
• They can catch big fish and they are welcome to bring their bikes, as there is plenty of space for that.

More info:
• We cater for families, family reunions, caravan clubs, golfing groups, fishermen, friends, corporate functions and youth groups.
• The kiosk keeps the normal: Ice, wood, charcoal, cold drinks, ice-cream, beer, tackle, etc.
• As with other resorts, it is normally not so busy during in season and midweek, but during peak season you can expect more visitors.
• The small town of Parys is 90 minutes drive from Gauteng and Oliver Tambo international (Johannesburg), 45 minutes from the Vaal triangle and Potchefstroom, 2 hrs form Pretoria and 3hrs from Bloemfontein. Parys is a very popular tourism destination with a lot of curio shops, cozy dining places etc.
• The Vaal de Grace golf course developed by Nicky Price on an island is very popular, as is the Parys golf estate.
• There are a few game farms in the area, and while driving through the Dome Bergland, you are welcome to visit Schoemanati Mampoer farm.
• Venterskroon is also an interesting place to visit. There are a few good hiking trails in the mountains.
• The yearly “Crater Cruise” mountain bike event and Parys adventure festival are events not to be missed.
• One of the best 4×4 trails (Baraka) in South Africa is on our doorstep

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