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Deneysville On The Vaal Dam
Deneysville is your gateway to the Vaal Dam
Deneysville is only an hour or two’s drive from the Metropolis of Pretoria and Johannesburg.
Visitors to Deneysville on the Vaal Dam are quite simply delighted with the town and often buy properties either for leisure purposes or retirement. Situated on the Free State side of the Vaal River just 38kms Southeast of Vereeniging on the R716, Deneysville can also be reached via the R 54 from the R59 and the N3, or the R549 from Heidelberg. The drive from Johannesburg to Deneysville takes about an hour to an hour and a half depending on the time of day or day of the week. Magical properties are often experienced by visitors and residents to Deneysville – all seem to agree that when traveling down from the cities at the first glimpse of the waters of the dam – stress seems to disappear and a relaxed feeling takes over. For years, the extensive waters of the Vaal Dam seemed to belong to the sailboat owners and the many clubs around the shoreline specialised in membership for sailors. However, the majority of clubs and marinas now cater for the powerboat owners as well. These are arriving in ever increasing numbers from Harteebeespoort and the Vaal River concourse – the water quality there being dubious. The waters of the dam are declared clean from pollution – after all at the end of the day we have to drink it. Often described as the gateway to the Vaal Dam – Deneysville offers easy access no matter what type of craft you have, this is one of the easiest places to access the extensive waters. Boat owners are more than adequately provided for with three yacht clubs and two marinas where boats can be launched or kept on moorings. For the casual power boat visitor there are several options available for launching boats and jet-ski’s one of the favourites is the Deneysville Water Sports Club. The venue is very popular among fishermen and power boater owners and several types of fish can be caught there, including Bass, Yellow Fish, Barbel, Carp and Mudfish, for boaters there is a launching ramp and jetty. Shaded lapa’s are provided with braai facilities and camping is permitted with toilets and a warm water shower available. Entrance fees are payable and quite reasonable. Facilities of the club are maintained by the owners of the Safari shop in Deneysville which is situated in the shopping center close to the Friendly Grocer. A large range of fishing equipment and baits are available. Further information about the club or fishing equipment can be had by contacting Isabel on 082 895 3819. The village of Deneysville consists of around 1200 houses and about half are owned as leisure properties or weekend cottages. Many others are owned by retirees who enjoy the peaceful and relative crime free village atmosphere. In fact the village of Deneysville is a haven too for the many commuters who would rather make the daily trek and back to Johannesburg or Pretoria rather than live in the cities. Crime incidents are low in Deneysville despite being adjacent to a large township – the Deneysville news reported only two break-ins last month – November 2012 – but there has been virtually no serious crime for years. Of course Deneysville has a committed police force with a police station in the village. Residents regularly consult with police on keeping crime to a minimum. In addition a very successful block watch which is manned by local residents is very active and has resulted in fewer incidents of crime. There is a Post Office, two supermarkets a well stocked hardware store a library and several restaurants and bars all situated in Deneysville and the majority serving reasonably priced meals. Several pastimes are available for retired people the main one being the Deneysville bowling club. There is also a Deneysville bird club, bridge nights and even dancing classes. The village is very quiet in the week – only coming to life at weekends when the visitors come down from Gauteng. And believe it or not Deneysville is actually in the Free State being south of the Vaal River and Dam Wall. If you would like to visit Deneysville and need accommodation either bed and breakfast or self – catering please click accommodation.