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Vaalnest Boutique Hotel is located on the banks of the Vaal Dam in the quaint town of Vaal Marina.

We are a number one stop location on route to Durban, Drakensberg and even Lesotho. Our boutique hotel is a popular couples escape, team building and conference venue. Showcasing some of the most spectacular scenic sites perfect for bird watching, fishing and yachting enthusiasts. Come and experience the perfect outdoor base camp with tailored made accommodation packages to suite your needs. The thatched central complex has a tranquil, well appointed dining area, intimate lounge with a feature fire place and a viewing deck that overlooks the spectacular Vaal Dam.

The hotel also has an infinite pool, hand carved out of the rocks with martini seats and a dramatic curtain drop water feature. It is renowned for its bird life (240 identified species), attracted to the specially designed garden for your viewing pleasure.

The hotel`s fine dining restaurant features continental cuisine with international influences. From tempting breakfasts through to late night nibbles, each dish is created from the finest ingredients and produced with passion and attention to detail.

Whether here for business or to enjoy a variety of activities that the Vaal Dam offers, the professional staff will ensure that your stay is memorable.

For your business and social events, remember Vaalnest Boutique Hotel can host your next conference or function in one of our dam facing venues listed below.

The Boardroom:
Hosting up to 17 delegates, the boardroom overlooks the Vaal Dam and is perfectly suited for small Corporate or Government meetings.

The Pelican Hall:
With a seating capacity of up to 120 people, the Pelican Hall is our function venue, and has been a host to
-Birthday Parties,
-Corporate conferencing
-Government conference

The Cormorant Hall:
Seating up to 250 pax, this function hall will be utilized for all big conference requests, wedding receptions, and big venue functions.

Let our professional staff take care of all your conference needs. Audio/visual equipment is available at your request. Feel free to call us regarding all our team building packages.

Accommodation at Vaalnest Boutique Hotel:
The 12 tastefully decorated suites are luxuriously appointed, each with its own private balcony.

All have an en-suite bathroom - either with a shower and bath or a shower only - a mini-bar fridge, satellite television, internet connection, personal wall safe and coffee making facilities.

The Luxury Standard Rooms incorporate the best luxury standards you can find in a 4 star rating accommodation venue. each room is tailored to your needs with all the basic amenities. Choose between ones with either a shower only or bath and shower respectively.

The Presidential Suite is a wonderful room that includes all the exclusivity you need.The luxuriously-appointed Presidential Suite has its own private balcony and an en-suite bathroom and shower. A mini-bar fridge, satellite television, internet connection and personal wall safe, including an intimate lounge and dining area.


Vaalnest offers you the best time to explore the wonders of nature, Some of our other facilities include:

Cycling Tours: According to research bike riding has a whole host of health benefits, Vaalnest understands this hence we incorporated this program for guests to not only have fun but benefit for health reasons. A Hire Fee will be paid on request and the guest will be allocated the amount of hours needed for the use of the bike(s).

Swimming Pool: The Pool area is always open for guests only and for safety reasons adults must monitor kids (over 12years only) when swimming.

The Indigenous Garden: With over 63 bird species in the Vaal Dam area, you sure to see a few while enjoying the garden, the garden is also a perfect romantic retreat spot to relax.

Outdoor Spa Gazebos: These magnificent outdoor cabins cater for anyone that wants a natural treatment with luxury results from the Vaalnest Spa whilst enjoying the sounds of nature.

Other Popular activities to try within our vicinity include:
Go on a guided bird walk
Play casino (30km)
Quad Biking and River Rafting Combos
Lazy Vaal Dam Boat Cruises
Shoot up a storm on the paintball park
Go Hiking on Guided routes

For the less adventurous, you can:
-Laze by the pool sipping martinis,
-Watch sport in our fully stocked bar,
-Read a book in our peaceful lounge,
-Watch a movie in your room on one of our movie channels.

For the more adventurous, you can:
-Explore the garden,
-Go on a guided bird walk,
-Take the wine route ferry (3km),
-Play 9 holes of golf (3km),
-Play 18 holes of golf (35km),
-Play casino (35km),
-Ride quad bikes,
-Ride mountain bikes ,
-Launch your own boat (3km),
-Hire a jet ski or power boat (3 km),
-Water ski or learn to water ski (3 km)
-Shoot up a storm on the paintball park
-River Rafting (Big Groups welcome)

Facilities & Services available:

Honeymoon Couples
Airport Shuttle Service
Laundry Service
Ironing Service
Limited Room Service
Special Meals on Request
Conference facilities
Wedding facilities
Team Building
Bar on the Premises
Curio Shop
Fax & Photocopy Machine
Fireplace on the Premises
Internet Access
Parking (off-street - open)
Parking (off-street - covered)
Xhosa / Zulu
Tswana / Sotho
Communal Satellite TV
Swimming Pool

Cancellation Policy:

Cancelling or Postponing after confirmation the following will be applicable.
- 10 to 1 day prior 100%,
- 15 to 10 days prior 75%,
- 30 days prior 50% of total revenue.


From O.R.Tambo International / Pretoria / Sandton:
Head for the Gillooly's Interchange ( R24 / N3 ).
From the Gillooly's Interchange head South on the N3 towards Heidelberg / Durban.
Take the N12 to Bloemfontein / Kimberley.
After the Alberton exit take the R59 to Vereeniging.
Take the R54 exit and turn left.
Travel for 2km, through a set of trafic lights until a T-junction.
At the T-junction go left and follow the R54 signs to Villiers.
Travel for about 40km to the Vaal Marina turn-off on your right.
Travel for about 3km, passing the Police Station on your right.
Turn left at the first left after the Police Station.
Turn left into Shark street.
Turn right into Kreef street.
Look out for the Vaalnest main gate straight in front of you (about 500m).

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