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Vaal River Meander Wine Route

Vaal River © Kierano
Vaal River © Kierano

As the name suggests, travelling this route is a casual, relaxed experience. Much like a fine wine, it's meant to be enjoyed at leisure and taken in stride. 20 venues along the banks of the picturesque Vaal River are selected every year to showcase South Africa's most elegant wines over a designated period of time. The route can be travelled by car, taxi or river cruiser. Game drives at the neighbouring reserves, golf on the nearby courses or a visit to the Emerald Casino (which has an indoor water world, bowling and miniature golf facilities) are optional side meanders for an enjoyable family outing.

The Vaal is South Africa's second longest river and the Upper Vaal is the main recreational hub, where guesthouses and lodges line the riverfront and various watersports are popular. The Upper Vaal is centred on the towns of Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark. Power-boating, jet-skiing, canoeing, fishing and even white-water rafting are enjoyed on the river, making it a fun excursion from Johannesburg, even when the wine route is not active. The wine route gives the area a festive atmosphere and the event is eagerly awaited by locals.

Venue: Various estates along the Vaal River. Inventory available online

Date: 23 June - 4 August 2019

Website: www.vaalwineroute.co.za