Smilin’ Thru Resort and Conference Centre

Located 11km, in the direction of Fochville on the R500  from the peaceful town of Parys, on the verge of the “Vredefort Dome” lies the tranquil holiday resort of Smilin’ Thru.

Situated on the banks of the Vaal River, away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. As we are located on the “Lower Barrage”, boating is not possible, thus there is no noise to disturb the peace, adding to the tranquillity. Fisherman and Bird watchers Paradise. All this only One Hour’s drive from Johannesburg.



Non Self Catering

20 Twin Bed & Breakfast Rooms (Bathroom en-suite, air-conditioned)


Self Catering

1 Eight Sleeper (Exclusive) River Lodge

7 Four Sleeper Chalets

2 Four Sleeper Cottages

3 Six Sleeper Cottages

3 Four Sleeper Rondawels

1 Six Sleeper Fishermen’s Cottage

Caravan Stands (With Electricity & Water) – Semi-permanent occupants in our caravan park are welcome and get a special monthly tariff.

Tent Stands (With Electricity & Water)

Ablution Block recently revamped



Fully Licensed Restaurant

Ladies Bar

Sports Bar (Day Care centre for Dad’s

– You pay only for his meals and drinks)

Sundowner Deck over Vaal River

Conference / Function Venue (Can accommodate 80 people)



Swimming Pool

Kiddies Play Area with Trampoline and Putt-Putt Course (Free)

Excellent Fishing Area’s

Team Building and Adventure activities can be arranged in advance


Campsite map


Contact Details

Location: 11Km from Parys on R500 Fochville Road


Reservations and availability: 0722235404



Tel: + 27 (0)722235404

Fax: + 27 (0)86 600 3446

Aanleg Guest Farm

Location: Situated on the Wilge River, 7km from Frankfort on the R34 to Vrede
Tel: + 27 (0)58 813-2687
Fax: + 27 (0)58 813-2687
Cell: + 27 (0)82 698 0238

Dimalachite Caravan Park

Tel: +27 (0)56 818 1860
Fax: +27 (0)56 818 1854
Cell: +27 (0)82 940 8898

Klein Paradys Nature Reserve


Location: Situated 12 km north of Parys, on the Banks of the Vaal River.
Tel: + 27 (0)56 818 1214
Fax: + 27 (0)56 818 1766

Westvaal Recreation Resort

Location: Situated below the barrage on the Vaal River in the direction of Parys.
Tel: + 27 (0)56 811-4008

Groenoewers Recreation Resort
Tel: + 27 (0)16 457-1168
Fax: + 27 (0)16 457-1168