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Paris in South Africa

Paris, Parys!

Tomahto, Tomayto!

Parys is a small town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in Free State. The name of the town "Parys" is an Afrikaans translation of Paris.

Lets talk about our mini Paris!

First impressions : At first glance the town looks boring, and backwards. It's hot and dry. In all honesty there isn't much to see in this town. Do not go to Parys expecting scenic views and breathtaking landscapes.

I was wrong. The town itself is without any charms/ pretences , but the outskirts are spectacular!!! 

Warm weather, warm people.

Parysians are warm and friendly people ( yes.even the Afrikaans people). The people are laid back and relaxed. It's so peaceful! this is the perfect place to go to if you're trying to get away from all the noise of the city. You will need patience thoug. Nothing in this town happens in a hurry.

What to pack

·       Water! The tap water here tastes like it comes directly from the sewers.

·       Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a sun hat.


Pack what is necessary, and suitable for your trip. Wearing high heels to a hiking trip could ruin the experience.

Where to visit

As small as it is , Parys has something for every one.

Heres a list of activities you can find in parys:

·       Canoeing

·       Canyoning

·       Rappelling tours (No idea what that is. Let me know when you find out)

·       Power boating

·       River rafting

·       Sky diving... bear with me BLK people. There's are less extreme activities.

·       You can go Quad biking

·       Visit Village du Pont Wineries

·       Go see the the oldest impact crater in the world. (

 ·       Visit the lion farm

Use the link below to learn more about Paris, and find more things you can do.

where to stay

The accommodation is quite descent in Paris, and true to Parysian fashion; there's something for everyone.

Try these places :

Casa Cara - super clean!

Stonehenge in Africa Lodge - simply beautiful!

Partuma Jazz Lodge - this place does not look like much at first glance, but looks can be deceiving. This is the place to be if you're looking for a good time. Their Jazz events are Legendary!

SunWa River Lodge You can see the river from here. Beautiful scenery! Very Instagrammable. Go here's if you're into water activities. 

More reasons to Visit Parys

There are no POTHOLES

light traffic - You'll appreciate this if you're from the city. No bumper to bumper traffic!

Low population density - so important in these times of COVID

A gazzillion trillion Petrol stations - Few cars. Lots of fuel. No queues!

Don't forget to pack water. Have Fun!!


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