Explore the small town charm and tourist attractions of Parys with an overnight getaway at Mountain View Country Estate
Parys
At a Glance
Appreciate the simple life and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside.
 
What the voucher gets you: 
 
  • An overnight stay for two people. 
  • Welcome drinks.
  • A continental breakfast each. 
The Afrikaans translation of ‘Paris’ is Parys, and while the small Free State town is not exactly the ‘city of love', it’s got a lot to offer. Artists from the city often settle here in favour of the quiet country atmosphere, and visitors frequent the area to see Parys’ most unique attraction - The Vredefort Dome.
 
About Mountain View Country Estate
 
  • Rooms have comfortable mattresses and luxury down feather duvets for a peaceful sleep.
  • Enjoy sundowners while watching the spectacular sunset. 
  • Have a lovely afternoon picnic with your partner at the Vaal River, which is only 700m from the guesthouse and located within the estate.
  • There's plenty of opportunity to go birdwatching at Mountain View Estate - listen out for the cry of the fish eagle.
  • Relax in the garden a while and appreciate the playful nature of the resident squirrels.
Highlights and attractions 
 
  • The Vredefort Dome - the oldest and largest meteorite site in the world. 
  • Abseiling with Earth Adventures.
  • Activities on/by the Vaal River. Guests could walk or drive down to the river where you can enjoy a spot of fly fishing.
  • Bird watching at Claireberrie - the bird life is amazing, and you’re bound to see Fish Eagles.
  • A spectrum of restaurants located nearby - Ruby’s Restaurant, Pickled Pig’s Ale House, De Vette Mossel, O's restaurant and Oppie Plaas are recommended.
 
Merchant Details
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  • Expires: 30 April 2019.
  • Deal is valid for two people.
  • Available until time indicated or until sold out.
  • Valid: any day of the week, including weekends (subject to availability).
  • Child policy: promotion for 2 adults only.
  • Rooms applicable: all rooms.
  • Buy up to 4 deals and extend your stay. Limited to 4 vouchers per transaction.
  • You may buy unlimited deals as gifts, at a limit of 4 per gift recipient.
  • EFT payments: Please note that you have 24 hours after placing your order to complete your EFT payment.
  • Booking is essential and subject to availability.
  • Present printed deal to redeem.
 
The Details
Looking to get out of the city for a quick and quiet country break?
 
Located an hour’s drive from Gauteng, Parys is the ideal destination for peace and relaxation, with plenty of activities to keep you busy.
 
Mountain View Country Lodge is a comfortable and convenient base from which you can explore the area. It’s located 10km from the town of Parys, in proximity to the Vredefort Dome, Claireberrie Bird Sanctuary, the Bon-Af Berry Farm, and restaurants, cafes, and farm stalls.
 
With the Vaal River running through Parys, the region is known as fly fishing territory. Spend an afternoon fishing while listening to the cries of Fish Eagles in the distance.
 
More about Parys
 
Situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State, Parys is no sleepy little town. With a wide range of activities and beautiful locations, it is a true gem that is conveniently close to Gauteng. 
 
Parys was named after the city of love by a German surveyor called Schilbach who was present at the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War and was reminded of the River Seine when he first saw the Vaal. 
 
Little Paris
 
Parys' European namesake is especially celebrated in the Le Petit Paris Secret Passage, a little courtyard off the main road that has a few lovely shops. 
 
You can find everything from handmade handbags to antiques, a gentlemen's outfitter and a home industry shop. Buy a coffee and enjoy the atmosphere while imagining that you're in Paris.
 
A fascinating World Heritage Site
 
If quaint shops aren't your thing you can visit the Vredefort Dome, a World Heritage Site created by a meteorite impact about 2023 million years ago, resulting in a crater about 300km wide (the distance from Johannesburg to Welkom).
 
Fun fact: Parys’ Leeukop Quarry is the only place on earth where you will find pink granite, which is a direct result of the meteorite. 
 
The dome is South Africa's 7th World Heritage Site and every year on the first weekend of November the Parys Dome Adventure Festival takes place. The fun outdoor festival offers craft stalls, adventure activities, sports and music.
 
You can't see the crater that well from the ground but you can still see interesting soil upheavals and rock formations, or even have a guide teach you more. If you're brave and you really want to get a good look at the crater you can also see it from up high while skydiving.
 
Must-do attractions 
 
The Vredefort Dome: The largest and oldest meteorite site in the world – formed when a gigantic meteorite collided with the earth 200 million years ago. The impact opened up a crater about the size of Table Mountain, spanning 40 kilometres in diameter.  Visitors are welcome to walk around the perimeter - wear shoes because it’s hot underfoot.
 
Abseiling: Abseil down verticals rock faces at various points around The Vredefort Dome.
 
Birding: There are ample bird watching opportunities at Carryblaire River Retreat, a registered bird sanctuary featuring 450 species, including Goliath herons, paradise flycatchers, spotted eagle owls, cardinal woodpeckers, black-chested prinias, and fish eagles to name a few.  
 
Whitewater rafting and kayaking: If you want a bit of adventure but you're not too fond of heights you can also try rafting. Parys is the only place along the Vaal where you can find rapids which makes it great for water sports enthusiasts.
 
Black Raspberry Picking: If you're a fruit fan you'd be interested to learn that South Africa's only black raspberries are found on a berry farm 20km from Parys. You can enjoy picking berries straight off the bush between March and November. Seventeen kilometres from Parys, near Venterskroon, you can also find the largest wild olive forest in South Africa.
 
Interact With Cheetahs: Animal lovers can’t miss the Dell Cheetah Centre between Parys and the N1. The breeding center is aimed at conservation and you can learn about the animals while watching feeding time. If you are lucky, you will get the chance to feed the cubs as well as play with them.
 
Play A Round Of Golf: Golf lovers should definitely bring a set of clubs along and visit Golf Island - a special 9-hole golf course built across a 1919 suspension bridge. 
 
About Mountain View Country Lodge 
 
The lodge offers farm-style accommodation in picturesque surrounds. The rooms are elegantly furnished and open plan with an ensuite bathroom (toilet, shower, and basin). There is a communal station where guests can make use of a microwave, kettle, crockery and cutlery. 
 
For more info about the lodge, please visit their website
 
To get in touch, please call: 072 694 7857 or email: mvce@vodamail.co.za
 
Address
Brakfontein Part 40/41, 
Parys.
For directions please have a look at Mountain View Estate's website under the contact page.
 
Author: CS
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