Smilin' Thru Chalets (Pty) Ltd

Your home away from home

Welcome to our holiday resort, conference hotel and restaurants!


 Our resort is now 48 years old. Our Revamp is on-going and will end on our 50th birthday in 2018. We're doing it for you!


We're done, and our first "bumper" weekend was filled with joy and happiness, partly thanks to the Bokke's win against Samoa.

With rugged mountains bordering the unspoilt Vaal River ages gone by created this setting for Smilin' Thru Chatels. A mere hour from Johannesburg, 10 km from Parys and part of the world-renowned Vredefort Dome Heritage Site.

Smilin’ Thru Chalets offer scenic landscapes, panoramic views, abundance of bird and wildlife. Fantastic fishing and rafting on our 2km of Vaal River frontage. The area is truly a nature lover’s paradise with a uniqueness of being undiscovered, unspoilt and booming with possibilities.

Jacuzzi on the River


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Activities range from hiking, fishing, mountain biking, rafting, canoeing, bird watching, archaeological tours and antique shopping in historic Parys. This area is fast becoming an eco-playground and wellness venue.

With a fully licenced Restaurant, Bar, Pool Bar, Deck and Entertainment Centre on-site, we cater for all your dining needs. Watch our News section for special offers like: " ...spend R400 and get a weekend Camping FREE)..."

Edan Pool Bar

Accommodation facilities at Smilin' Thru vary from a 20 room Bed & Breakfast with all amenities to Self-Catering Chalets, Caravan and Camp Sites. A mecca for kids with swimming pools, crazy golf, and play camp.


Viper Bar





New Reception

Our reception has moved. Just follow the new access road to the Smilin Village complex. See you there!   More


We've gone digital!

Now you can do your OWN on-line bookings! Anytime, anywhere! Go for it!   More


Pool and Restaurant Complex completed

The maintenance work on the Restaurant is done, only the outside needs to be painted. The pool was upgraded, and is now boasting a dark Teal to make the water warmer for you! Come try it out.   More