Old Willow No.7 Houseboat Charters

Old Willow No.7 Houseboat Charters

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Cruising the River We are based just off “Millionaires’Bend” on the Vaal Barrage, an easy hour’s drive south from Joburg. We show you the ropes (this takes 30 to 45 minutes) and you become skipper of your own river adventure!  Take the helm of your houseboat and navigate theVaalRiver. Cruise 55km ofSouth Africa’s most dynamic permanently navigable inland waterway. Explore the vibrant shorefront attractions, docking at restaurants, spas, golf courses and the Emerald Casino Resort. Try your hand at watersports. Enjoy house-spotting on Millionaires’Bend. Test your skill with a fishing rod. Haul out the twitching kit. Experience the tranquillity of unspoilt wetlands, misty sunrises and balmy evenings. Anchor in a secluded spot, light up the on-board braai and watch the sun set. Then retire to bed on the boat under the starry sky with the lapping waves and croaking frogs as company. It’s totally exclusive and totally private. And very, very memorable. There’s also overnight mooring at some of the riverfront restaurant jetties. Once you have boarded, we are telephonically available 24/7 if you have any questions. A houseboat charter on theVaal River is a unique experience. It’s the perfect romantic getaway for a couple, tremendous for a family holiday, idyllic for honeymooners, outstanding for fishermen and birders, great for groups and fantastic for friends.

When to Come We highly recommend a charter duration of at least two nights, so that you can get the maximum benefit from the boat as well as explore the most interesting inland waterway inSouth Africa. Please note that we require 2-night bookings on weekends. The river has something to offer all year round. The sunny summer skies are synonymous with swimming, skiing and sun-tanning. Lounge on the upper deck as you cruise the river. The warm, balmy summer nights are the ideal backdrop to an evening braai under starry skies on the boat. The beautiful misty mornings of autumn (April/May) and spring (August/September) are memorable. The river is quieter than in summer. The days are mild and a jersey in the evening takes the nip out of the air. In winter the clear blue skies, warmish midday sun and absence of other boats make the river a pleasantly private place to be. The nights can be cold, but down-feather duvets and hot water bottles on the boat will help you keep warm. We also offer the opportunity for you to cruise the river by day, and then dock at our jetty at night where you can link into the land-based electricity and run a heater on board. Doing theWinter River Wine Route(July – August) can also help keep the chill at bay! For those wanting to get away from it all, the weekdays are perfect as the only people are you likely to see are those at the waterside venues where you choose to dock. On the weekends, the river becomes a very social, albeit busier, place to be. Even on the busiest of weekends, it is almost always possible to escape the crowds, and after sunset the river is deserted. What to Bring Just bring yourselves, food, drink, toiletries, towels and your choice of CDs! All bedding is provided. The boats have fully kitted out kitchens, a braai, chemical toilet and shower. In terms of food, most of our guests have found that a combination of self-catering and meals from the waterside restaurants to be the best combination. However, if self-catering isn’t your thing, why not enquire about our food hampers? Orders must be placed at least three days in advance please. We also hire out fishing equipment, tubes and umbrellas.  




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