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From R820 Per Night

Carryblaire River Retreat
Parys Accommodation

Guest House Accommodation in Vaal River

  • Main Lodge
  • River front
  • Typical Room
  • Room Inside
  • Garden
  • Rooms
  • Room Inside
  • Conference Room
  • Main Building
  • Another Room
  • Another Room
This venue responds to enquiries within 6 hours on average
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Only an hours drive from JHB and nestled on the banks of the Vaal River near Parys, Carryblaire River Retreat embodies peace, tranquillity and a sense of oneness with nature. With its own natural island and being a registered bird sanctuary the views offered at Carryblaire are breathtaking and some of the most beautiful in Africa. The Yellowfish that leap through the water are considered to rival Trout in their ability to entice fishermen in a challenge of wits, while the calls of the nesting Fish Eagles remind us of their superiority in the air.

Drink in the beauty and serenity around you, and let us and nature do the rest...

Carryblaire has 11 en-suite rooms, and can accommodate 11 singles or 22 sharing in either king-size or single beds, depending on the group.
All rooms have full en-suite bathrooms, with both bath and shower. There is also a fridge in each room, along with a tea and coffee station.
There are fans in the rooms for those warm summer days, and electric blankets and panel heaters for those chilly winter evenings. Our rooms do not have TV's.
All our rates are on a B & B basis, and include a full country breakfast with fruit, yoghurt, cereals and muffins, as well as a cooked English breakfast.
We offer a romantic 3 course set menu dinner in our country house, which needs to be booked 48 hours in advance, and try to cater as far as possible for individual tastes and dietary requirements.
Although our rooms do not have any self-catering facilities, apart from the fridge and tea/coffee station, we do offer braai facilities. We supply the braai & utensils at the river�all guests need to bring is charcoal and food. This also needs to be booked in advance.
Lodge rooms
Trees of Africa & Water Reflections
Housed in the main lodge, with windows facing over the gardens and river, these 2 rooms do not have their own private verandahs, but are perfect for more mature guests who want to still have the beautiful views, while being close to the main verandah and dining room.
African Sunsets
African Sunsets is housed in the main lodge, but has a gorgeous private verandah overlooking the river. The photo at the top of our home page was taken from this verandah. AS is a very large room which has a second inter-leading bedroom � ideal for a couple with older children.
Veldflower, Serenity, River View, African Skies, Swallows Nest, Rocky Ridge, The Croft and Water's Edge
All of our 'cottage-style' rooms are separate to the main lodge, and have their own private wooden verandahs facing the river and gardens.

Activities at Carryblaire River Retreat

Fly Fishing 

The waters in front of Carryblaire River Retreat offer some of the most challenging fishing as experienced by many who have visited Carryblaire in the past. Yellowfish abound and test fly fishing skills as they prove to be true adversaries. Should luck not be on your side on the day, the views from all sides will be sure to enthral and mesmerise. There is no charge for Fly Fishing but it is also only available for guests staying at Carryblaire. Fly Fishing Clinics can be arranged on request at Carryblaire with an experienced instructor. Please contact Dave at Carryblaire for further information. Clinic requires a min of 4 people. 
Bird Watching 
Carryblaire River Retreat is a registered bird sanctuary, and boasts approximately 450 species of birds in the area. Impressively, 100 of these have been personally identified by our father from the glorious verandah that overlooks the gardens and river. Goliath herons, paradise fly catchers, spotted eagle owls, cardinal woodpeckers, black breasted prinias and fish eagles are amongst the more esteemed visitors, while white eyes, sunbirds, black collared barbets, bishop birds and crested barbets frolic in the glades on a daily basis. 
Nature Rafting 
The nature raft trip leaves from Carryblaire and runs for approx 5 Km down river. The trip takes approx 1 hour and includes transport and is conducted by a qualified guide. Cost on request and only arranged for guests staying at Carryblaire. Min 4 people required. 
Archery, Boatanatics, Fire Walk, Fear Factor, Fire Dance, Interactive Drumming, Laser Clay Pigeon Shooting, Meteorite Mind Games, Mini Camel Trophy, Paintball, Treasure Island, Triple Target Challenge etc. Please contact us with your requirements and needs. Teambuilding activities require 10 people or more. 

When are you arriving?

Double Room
Sleeps up to 2
Min Stay Period: 1 night
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Road S1052 Vaal Eden, Vaal River, Parys

GPS: -26.810895676299598, 27.522640228271484 Map

No Pets Allowed

Cancellations 0 - 7 days prior to date of arrival and no shows - 100% of invoiced amount is due.
Cancellations 7 - 10 days prior to date of arrival - 50% of full invoiced amount is due.
Cancellations 10 - 15 days prior to date of arrival - 30% of full invoiced amount is due
Cancellations 15 days or more prior to arrival deposit will be refunded minus a 15% administration fee.
Amendments to bookings less than 10 days prior to arrival will not be credited.
On receipt of a written instruction to cancel a reservation, including bank details, Carryblaire River Retreat will refund the applicable amount, within 3 working days, in accordance with the above cancellation policy.

  • Balcony
  • Conference Facilities
  • Fridge
  • Golf Course Nearby
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Fishing
  • Adventure
  • Hiking Trails
  • Water Sports
  • Popular Routes
  • Wildlife
  • Golfing
  • Childrens Fun