Deneysville, Northern Free State

There is some debate as to which province Deneysville in fact belongs. Although regarded as lying on the Free State shore of the Vaal dam (the pretty little town literally lies next to the Vaal dam wall), Deneysville is also just 100 kilometres from the major metropolis of Johannesburg, and is subsequently regarded by many as part of the Vaal Triangle, Gauteng.

This aside, it is no surprise to learn that Deneysville is regarded as the gateway to the Vaal dam. Its ideal position, right on the banks of the large body of water that serves as one of the primary sources of fresh water for Gauteng, makes it a major centre for boating, sailing, fishing and other water sports.

Deneysville has earned the rather apt title of ‘inland water mecca of South Africa’ and is fast becoming a much sought after weekend recreation area for those wanting a quick getaway from Johannesburg and other Reef towns.

The Vaal dam may have been built during the depression and finally completed in 1938, but there is little to depress you about this part of the world - there is an emphasis on water - lots of it - and fun in the sun. Originally known as Lake Deneys, after Deneys Reitz who was the Minister of Agriculture at the time, it was the town on its shoreline, rather than the dam itself, that was to become his namesake.

St Peter’s Church, which lies on the waterfront of the dam and is now a popular wedding venue was the original stone cottage built by the Reitz family.

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options

Things to do in the area

Noteworthy attractions

Find accommodation in Deneysville

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / Free State Accommodation / Northern Free State Accommodation / Deneysville Accommodation

Deneysville as a destination

Want to stay overnight?


When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Deneysville property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via
South Africa. Explore. Experience. Stay® has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.