Smilin Thru Eco Resort - Parys, Northern Free State

Camping and Caravanning
Parys Accommodation
Parys, Northern Free State

Smilin Thru Eco Resort

Parys, Northern Free State - Accommodation

Smilin Thru Eco Resort rating

Smilin Thru Eco Resort in Parys

Our Accommodation is situated on the shores of the Vaal River, Smilin Thru Resort is the perfect laid-back getaway. You’ll find us just on the outskirts of Parys where the natural beauty is mesmerizing. Situated in the Vaal Triangle area of South Africa it offers a scenic paradise in the unspoiled nature of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage site. Ideal for a weekend getaway for those living in Gauteng, only 1 and a half hours from Johannesburg.

Smilin Thru Resort offers scenic landscapes, panoramic views, abundance of bird and wildlife. Fantastic fishing and rafting on our 2km of Vaal River frontage. The area is truly a nature lover’s paradise with a uniqueness of being undiscovered, unspoilt and booming with possibilities.

Activities range from hiking, fishing, mountain biking, rafting, canoeing, bird watching, archaeological tours and antique shopping in historic Parys. This area is fast becoming an eco-playground and wellness venue.

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Facilities available at Smilin Thru Eco Resort,Parys, Northern Free State

  • Available Next Weekend
  • Available This Weekend
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Recently Added
  • Swimming Pool
  • Winter School Holidays

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GPS Co-Ordinates: 27° 29' 49.8" E / 26° 49' 45.1" S

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Driving to Smilin Thru Eco Resort in Parys, Northern Free State

Departing: O.R. Tambo International Airport
Address: 1 O R Tambo Airport Rd, O.R. Tambo, Johannesburg, 1619, South Africa
Distance: 125 km / Duration: 1 hour 16 mins
1. Head northwest 0.5 km
2. Keep right at the fork to continue on Exit 46, follow signs for R24/Johannesburg 0.6 km
3. Continue onto R24
Partial toll road
8.4 km
4. Merge onto N12/R24
Toll road
1.1 km
5. Take exit 113 for N3 S/N12 toward M2/Kimberley/Germiston/Durban
Toll road
1.3 km
6. Merge onto N3 Eastern Bypass/N12/N3
Toll road
3.7 km
7. Keep right to stay on N3 Eastern Bypass/N12/N3
Toll road
3.6 km
8. Keep right at the fork to continue on N12
Partial toll road
18.1 km
9. Take exit 67 for M68 toward Soweto
Toll road
0.5 km
10. Keep right, follow signs for N12/Bloemfontein/Kimbereley
Toll road
1.0 km
11. Continue onto N1/N12
Partial toll road
3.8 km
12. Keep right at the fork to continue on N1 14.6 km
13. Keep right to stay on N1 37.4 km
14. Take the Route 9 exit toward R53/R42/Potchefstroom/Vanderbijlpark 0.5 km
15. Turn right onto Potchefstroom Rd 12.1 km
16. Turn left 11.9 km
17. Turn left onto R500 5.9 km
18. Turn left
Restricted usage road
Destination will be on the left
32 m

Nearest Airport & Flights

O.R. Tambo International Airport - Johannesburg

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OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg is the busiest airport in South Africa and Africa, with about 17 million passengers coming through every year. Johannesburg International as it was known previously, was renamed in 2006 to honour the memory of Oliver Reginald Tambo, contributor to the liberation of South Africa.

OR Tambo International Airport is 20-minutes away from the eastern suburbs of Johannesburg and 45 minutes from Sandton unless you take the gautrain which takes only 15 minutes to get to Sandton.

Reviews for Smilin Thru Eco Resort


Worst ever. Dirty. No covers on duvet. Spider webbs everyehere. No water in shower.

review by Johan Meyer

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Had my sister's 50th birthday there we lost most of the food for the weekend as there was no power and the generator didnt alway run when they said it would. No hot water as the gas geysers didn't work properly. In time i think they will get the place up and running as it seems like they are trying to get the place back up and running.

review by Bernadette Arneil

"Daar was geen hoogtepunt nie"

Baie slegte ervaring gewees. volgens die dame is hulle besig om te renovate. Daar is nie koffie of iets in die kamers nie. die restaurant werk nie en die naaste plek is parys self. Ons het n kamer in die hotel bespreek en ons kry n rondawel met 2 enkelbeddens met net n bad. toe ek vra maar ons het n hotelkamer bespreek se die dame wat daar werk daar is nie n hotel nie dit is African style ek se maar op Lekkerslaap se julle hotel kamers sy beweer sy ontstel haar nie want Lekkerslaap sit daar op wat hulle wil terwyl ek weet jy as eienaar gee die inligting deur. By die ingangshek is niemand gewees nie ons het 3 ommers gebel waarvan nie een beskikbaar was nie. Op die hek staan wel hou hek toe. Dit is n elektroniese hek en ek het aangeneem dit werk met n remote of hulle maak dit oop. Die dame se kan jy nie lees nie op die hek se dit hou die hek toe maar daar staan nerens skuif die hek oop nie. die diens was uiters swak en onprofessioneel gewees en dis nie my skuld as hulle renovate nie se dit dan net dan bring ek met liefde my eie koffie en tee. Maar mens verwag in n hotel om alles te kry dit is immers n 3 ster

review by Annette Visser

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I was bitterly disappointed with this resort. The pictures on the website look nothing like the actual resort. These pictures could only have been taken when the resort was in its prime. The resort was very run down with very little in the chatets actually functional. The animals on the property were in a despicable condition with absolutely no food. I will not recommend this resort to anyone in fact I would recommend that you do not even consider driving through the gates!

review by Catherine Roncara

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We got there and they had no electricity so couldn't accommodate us (8 people!). However we booked and paid in full months before. More than a month later I still don't have a refund and they just ignore me now.

review by NicoLouis Minnie

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Totally discarding of the fact that the electricity was out almost the entire weekend, which none of us have any controll over, I would recommend this place to anyone. The staff was always friendly and helpfull. Though we were there in winter time most of the resort was cleaned uo and in a neat condition. See you again in summer time

review by Louis Moolman

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Camp site and weekend very enjoyed. The lower terrace at river side are the best spots due to shading. Upper terrace are not covered enough with trees but still good conditions.The ablution at lower terrace definitely needs attention, no warm water after a few people showered. Overall nice camp site.

review by Tiaan Schoeman

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I went to Smilin Thru on the long weekend of the 26th of April as part of a group to shoot music videos for my school's music group. From the moment we arrived we were welcomed with the warmest hospitality I could ever have imagined from resort owners. They made an effort to be part of everything we did and became part of the family. Their beautiful grounds were a great setting for the videos. They came to our rescue in the kitchen when we needed it and anything else that we needed we could only ask and it happened almost immediately. We had the privilege to sing with some of the artists who performed on Saterday, which was arranged by Lee-Ann, manager of the resort. They lit a bonfire especially for us and we could thank them by singing to them and we shot some of the footage there. One of the amazing ladies there made every girl of our group a beautiful hand-made headband which we wil all cherish forever. We got to meet the crew and made new friends. The owner took us on a tour and taught us about all of the animals on the premises, we even got to meet Mona, the little Pekengese, which is just as friendly as the other animals(and my favorite pet there) . They don't see the animals as just that, they see them as family and that is truly amazing. They even take care of the environment with what they do with the fish. Their restaurant makes the best Milkshakes ever and the prices are reasonable. We lived in the hotel for the weekend and I have to say there is absolutely no reason to complain about anything. Even the ladies at reception were super friendly and had part in our fun when they weren't busy. This resort is really a great place and extremely family friendly. I will definitely go again with my entire blood family, so that they can meet my new resort family. Thank you Morne and Lee-Ann and every other worker of the resort for the amazing experience that I could have, it was truly awesome! You guys are amazing people who I have come to loveMe and my family will definitely see you again soon.Lots of LoveChant (the jokers or the group) from the Harmonique group •

review by Chante Bester

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Nice and peaceful in the middle of the week. Lower terrace camp grounds have decent grass.River is close and there is the option of fishing.There is a swimming pool with a zip line, as well as a slip n slide right into the river.The sand road is full of stones so not particularly well suited to small cars/low profile tyres.

review by Lexi McKenzie

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called for booking ... said i should book online the next day went online the next day to book couldn't book online phone them explaining that i asked if i can book said no Gwen put the phone down in my ear thank you for your nice service

review by Armand De Wet

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Probably not the most peaceful weekend we could have gone with a cable marathon using the resort as a half way point.The majority of the camping sites are well maintained, water and power points are nearby. And the restaurant/bar was welcome thanks to the crazy storms over the weekend.

review by Kim White

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Had some great fishing, stands are ok but resort needs some upgrading. Seems to be underway, so will wait a while and try again. Very quiet and relaxing.

review by TW Pretorius

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Needs some more work but they are actually improving the facilities. It is worth a visit. If you're camping book a riverfront or lower terrace stand. The staff is extremely friendly and helpfull. I will defenately come again.

review by riaan kruger

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