Parys Accommodation at Carryblaire River Retreat Parys Guest House
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About Carryblaire River Retreat

Only an hours drive from Johannesburg and nestled on the banks of the Vaal River near Parys, Carryblaire River Retreat embodies peace, tranquillity and a sense of oneness with nature.

With its own natural island and being a registered bird sanctuary the views offered at Carryblaire are breathtaking and some of the most beautiful. The Yellowfish that leap through the water are considered to rival Trout in their ability to entice fishermen in a challenge of wits, while the calls of the nesting Fish Eagles remind us of their superiority in the air.


Carryblaire has eight river facing en-suite double rooms. All the bedrooms are decoratively inspired by elements from African nature. They have thatched roofs and mosquito nets and are scattered with antique pieces collected from Parys. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and are fitted with fans and for the winter months with electric heaters and electric blankets. Rooms can be made up as either King-size or two single beds and have full en-suite bathrooms.

There is also one river facing room without a bathroom that can sleep eight to ten people.

Please Note:
We regret children under the age of 12 will not be accommodated.


Breakfast and dinner is optional and must be booked two days prior to arrival. Lunch is not available however you can supply your own picnic to enjoy along the banks of the river.

Services and Facilities

• Swimming pool
• Darts
• Volleyball
• Fly fishing and fishing
• Canoeing
• DsTV and Wi-Fi at the main lodge


The waters in front of Carryblaire River Retreat offer some of the most challenging fishing as experienced by many who have visited Carryblaire in the past. Yellowfish abound and test fly fishing skills as they prove to be true adversaries.

Bird Sanctuary

Carryblaire River Retreat is also a bird sanctuary, and boasts approximately 450 species of birds in the area. Goliath herons, paradise fly catchers, spotted eagle owls, cardinal woodpeckers, black breasted prinias and fish eagles are amongst the more esteemed visitors, while white eyes, sunbirds, black collared barbets, bishop birds and crested barbets frolic in the glades on a daily basis.

Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Bar fridge
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Fan(s)
  • Heater(s)
  • Patio / verandah / balcony
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (periodic)
  • Parking (off street)
  • Reception (business hours)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Smoking: in demarcated areas
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Swimming pool
  • Wake up calls

Food & Drink

  • Bar (honesty bar)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Free Wi-Fi


  • Tour assistance

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Rooms & Rates

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Double Rooms (King-size or Twin)

Double Rooms (King-size or Twin)

Qty: 8
Sleeps: 3 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Guest Reviews

13 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewfair

Unfortunately there have been no reviews since 2010. We last stayed there in 2012 with the previous owners & loved it so much we chose to end our 7 week holiday there before returning to the UK. Whereas it is a beautiful setting, so peaceful & quiet, the new owners need to upgrade the whole place. It looked tired & unloved, 5 dogs create a lot of poo to be avoided on the lawns, no staff were available at the weekend to do our room & the meals were really poor with no starter or dessert, breakfast juice was watered down squash, no fruit & the second morning was reheated bacon & tinned sausages from the day before. I don't want to put this wonderful venue out of business, it has so much potential, I really hope the owners can make a go of it, it wouldn't take a lot. Finally the internet/communication needs to be improved as we & they never received emails. Please work on it, good luck.

February 2018

Correen Reid (England UK)

Verified reviewexcellent

Hi Dave & Tess, We would like to thank you for the wonderful relaxed stay that we had at Carryblaire River Retreat, unfortunately your home … When we want to enjoy the stunning atmosphere again, we’ll want to share it with our families and book out the whole venue! Also I took some amazing black and white photographs which I want to get framed for my hallway across my bookshelves. So you will be part of my favourite spot and items in the house (let me know if you want me to mail you one or two photos)! PS: Super thumbs up for the chef – we both enjoyed every meal to bits! Thanks again, Celeste & Visagie

March 2010

Celeste & Visagie (Sasolburg)

Need to Know

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.
A camping cot can be provided on request.

Closest airport(s)
OR Tambo International - 130km

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 14h00
Check-out by 11h00

Exceptions to check-in/out times may be arranged, please enquire.

Payment methods accepted by the propertyEFT or secure online payment via

Listed on since October 2006

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