Tiny Towns – Parys

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Not quite the city of love but a lieflike dorpie.

As mentioned previously, we have been meaning to make our way to Parys for a few months but we never seemed to have the time. Turns out it wasn’t that far at all. An hour from home to be exact.

Parys has been featured in so many travel magazines its nothing new really. I am happy to report the hype is worth it and it is an adorable little town on the Vaal.

Here is what you need to know;

Parys (pronounced /ˈpɑːreɪs/) is a town situated on the banks of the Vaal River in the Free State province of South Africa. The name of the town is the Afrikaans translation of Paris. The name was given by a German surveyor named Schilbach who had participated in the Siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War and the location next to the Vaal reminded him of Paris on the River Seine. The area of Parys also includes the two townships Tumahole and Schonkenville.


This happened here –  Stompie Seipei who was a freedom fighter during the time of Apartheid. Stompie joined the fight at an age of only 10 years, got arrested a few times and was kidnapped on 29th of December 1988 by Mandela United Football Club, which were Winnie Mandela’s bodyguards.

Drive this road – the main road, go around the bend and you will see the Eiffel Tower.

Eat here – Have a slice of cake at Hoi Polloi

Conversation starter – Parys is in the 5km buffer zone of the Vredefort Dome. The Vredefort crater is the largest verified impact crater on Earth, more than 300 km across when it was formed nearly 2023 Million years ago.



Read about the previous little towns visited.

Last town visited Stilfontein 



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