Our Accommodation is situated on the shores of the Vaal River, Smilin Thru Resort is the perfect laid-back getaway. You’ll find us just on the outskirts of Parys where the natural beauty is mesmerizing. Situated in the Vaal Triangle area of South Africa it offers a scenic paradise in the unspoiled nature of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage site. Ideal for a weekend getaway for those living in Gauteng, only 1 and a half hours from Johannesburg.
The resort fronts the Vaal River and is surrounded by the rugged hills that mark the edge of the Vredefort Dome Impact Crater. The views are stunning, and the surrounds are peaceful and beautiful, with many outdoors activities and pursuits on offer – from hikes and walks to game viewing to fishing to canoeing or white water rafting on the river. There is also an abundance of wildlife and bird species in this ‘eco-playground’ area.
The tranquillity of the surrounds and natural beauty makes this the perfect setting for hosted many ultra-special weddings, events, team-building business functions. Wedding Couples are given a free weekend for the year following their wedding, to conjure up the memories of marital bliss.
As host, you get a dedicated venue coordinator to arrange your dream celebration or business breakaway.
We look forward to welcoming you to Smilin Thru. About us:
At our hotel and restaurant, we want to create an outstanding guest experience for you, whether you’re staying for vacation or business.
Our experienced management works 24/7 to accommodate all your needs and to exceed all your expectations. Our mission is to create a worry-free environment for our guests.
Our young team is obsessed with hospitality and is highly motivated to give you a great experience. Our friendly and professional service team is on hand 24 hours a day for your convenience.
There are several accommodation options on Smilin Thru, varying from fully catered hotel accommodation at the African Village Hotel, to self-catering chalets to camping and caravan sites.
Facilities include swimming pools (incl. a baby pool), crazy golf, tennis court, volleyball court, a children’s play area, a Sports Bar with a big screen, restaurant and a games area with pool tables, table tennis, darts and video games. Canoes and rubber tubes are also available for ‘playing on the Vaal River.’
There are also conference facilities, making the resort perfect for corporate groups and team-building weekends.
Let us be part of making your wedding an unforgettable experience, we provide a full venue coordination service. Our dedicated onsite wedding coordinator helping you to realise your perfect day.
We set about helping to create the perfect setting for your special day including a contingency plan for bad weather. You tell us your formal or informal, traditional or contemporary requirements, preferred menu and budget, we make the magic happen.
Your coordinator will also be on hand for the duration of the event to take care of the on-the-day flow of events. In addition, our reputable, specialist network of wedding vendors can assist with the finer details from the wedding cake, flowers, hair and make up to lighting and specific theme and décor requirements.