Far from the madding crowd


Built directly on the river’s edge, tucked away beneath massive karee trees the 7 sleeper fisherman's cabin offers all the basics one could ask for in a very clean fisherman’s cabin plus some creature comforts such as a microwave, fridge/freezer , hotplates  and a gas heated shower and bath. The Unit consists of a double bed and a few single beds in an interesting open plan set-up with two single beds in a separate area adjacent to the main cabin. For one's convenience there is a little shop at the main reception where one can buy necessities such as wood, ice and cold drinks.


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The Fishing


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Two things that will make me chose Rivershade Cottage as opposed to many other venues is the fact that the establishment takes yellowfish conservation seriously with a strict catch and release policy in place as well as a not allowing any day visitors at the cabin ensuring that you have the stretch of river to yourself.

Situated between Benjoh and Vaal Hackle, the water is perfect for targeting yellowish on fly as it consists of a long set of rapids just below the cabin as well as a section of islands, glides and broken water on the other side of the channel. The section upstream of the cabin can be best described as a very long and very deep glide that speeds up as it reaches the section in front of the cabin. No doubt this section should hold some monster largemouth yellowish.


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Like most venues Rivershade is best fished in flows of below 40 cum/s and any flows above this makes the faster water inaccessible when wading. One can however rent a boat at minimal cost in order to get to fishable areas. 


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The cabin is best suited for either two couples or a group of fisherman as some might find the open plan configuration a bit invasive and the accommodation to basic. However, as a flyfisherman, Rivershade cottage definitely rates as one of my favourite venues due mainly to its simplicity and the spectacular setting in the heart of the Vredefort Dome. The river cabin gives one more of a holiday feeling than any other fishing venue that I have stayed in. Once you sit down on the stoep overlooking the river, a mere 5 meters away, it is very easy to just for a moment forget all about fishing and before you know it it is time to go home.



Distance from Supersport Park - Centurion 180km

Travel time - 2h 20mins

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GPS COORDINATES: S 26˚ 51’ 38” / E 27˚ 17’ 14”

For general enquiries and reservations, please contact Sulena on the following number:

Tel:  056 - 818 1116 (7H30 - 19h00)  Emails after hours welcome.

Cell: 073 - 660 8986 (if landline not available)

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* From Johannesburg take the N1 South and pass through the Grasmere Toll Plaza

* Approximately 60 km further take the Parys / Sasolburg turnoff to Parys (R59 to Parys 20 km). Don’t go through the Kroon Vaal Plaza

* Enter the Town and keep in the right lane

* Follow the Potchefstroom road signs

* At the robot (c/o Breë and Van Coller Streets) turn right and cross the Vaal River

* Proceed about 2 km and turn left on the R53 to Potchefstroom

* Travel 10 km and take the turn-off to Venterskroon

* Travel 10 km and Thabela Thabeng will be on your left

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