Explore Parys

Come explore the lively and unique town of Parys. Set against the mighty Vaal River and Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site.

Parys makes for an affordable and restful vacation choice from the hustle and bustle of city life, and also offers a wide range of accommodation options, outdoor activities, restaurants, shops, craft markets as well as weddings, function and conference venues. Recharge your batteries in the tranquility of wide open spaces, star filled skies . Enjoy the warm hospitality of this magical little town in the Free State. Explore the main street (Breë) by foot, indulge in delicious food, craft stores and boutiques. Find yourself a bargain.

History of Parys

In the early 1870s, towns in the northern Free State were situated very far apart and members of different churches had to travel great distances to participate in religious services. It was then decided by the Ring of the Dutch Reformed Church to implant the idea of a congregation north of the Rhenoster River into the minds of the residents of the farm Klipspruit, on the Vaal River, which was owned by four van Coller brothers. After long deliberation by the brothers, the first erven were laid out in 1876, and the little town of Parys was born.