Parys, the pride of the Orange Free State is located about a hundred kilometers South of Johannesburg, and it is competing hard with Magaliesburg for being the no.1 destination where Joburgers go for some adventure. Granted that Magalies is closer and benefits from amazing caves complexes, congregation of breweries, and stunning farms, I think Parys deserves the recognition as well. There are a few companies providing the experiences, Real Adventures and Earth Adventures being the front-runners. A few freelancing guides exist. Here are a few things I’ve done in the area recently: 1. Rafting All rafting is done along the Vaal river, and the best times to go is after the first rains have fallen, otherwise the level is too low and you get stuck a lot. 2. Clay pigeon shooting Handling a weapon is exhilarating, until you wake up with a sore shoulder from the kick-back. 3. Abseiling This is adrenalin intense. I was shaky at the start, but cruised to the bottom of the 46 m cliff face. 4. Hiking Group hikes are available for both day and night hikes. One of my best friends has a telescope and takes it along on the night hikes to experience the night sky without light pollution. A great idea. That is not all this area offers. Quad-bike trails, paintball, bungee jumping are also some of the available activities in the area. There are low adrenalin activities like eating; the area has a good selection of restaurants offering an excellent variation of food from local dishes to contemporary dishes. It is also great for antiques scouting because it has a way of turning back the hands of time, like Kiki’s photography studio where they dress you up as a historical character. I love Parys! P.S. Try use your own camera as much as possible when on excursions; the adventure companies charge as much as R 100 for still images printed on a freakin’ R 2 disk, and R 250 for a video. If you were persuaded to leave your camera behind, you’ll end up having to pay ridiculous prices like that if you want some recorded memories of your experience. Take your own devise, the owners might be cold and financially oriented, but the guides are friendly and understanding, so tip them if you can. Happy adventures!