About 16 years ago some local artists and crafters pooled their ideas to bring the public out of the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg city life into the tranquil surroundings of greater Southern Gauteng. International and local tourists were invited to see these maestros at work and encouraged to visit historical and cultural sites located just an hour south of Johannesburg. This was the birth of the Vaal Meander.
Over the years the Vaal Meander has grown to include many fascinating attractions. Its central location provides an ideal site for a meander route that can be tailored to suit individual interests. From daytrips to longer country breaks in little hideaways or quaint accommodations, the area is well-known for its craft factories, outdoor adventure centres, entertainment, animal attractions, sporting facilities, boating and world class conference venues. There are also a host of delightful bed & breakfast, self catering establishments and romantic wedding venues on the banks of the Vaal River or Vaal Dam.
Many popular attractions in the area can be found along the Vaal River which features 56km of navigable water and a host of vibrant water sports. Boating and yachting facilities can be found on the Vaal Dam, a fast-growing popular weekend getaway and marina development.
The Vaal Meander has emerged as a business identity whose objectives are to market the region and increase the number of visitors to the area. As part of marketing infrastructure, The Vaal Meander produces an annual publication that lists and provides relevant information on accommodation, tourism-orientated products and activities available in the region. These brochures / maps are distributed through Gauteng Tourism Agency outlets, including airports, information centres and popular venues. They are also distributed at relevant outdoor shows like the Outdoor & Adventure Expo and Star Getaway Show, where stand space is shared with the Gauteng Tourism Agency.