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About Cruise-N-Snooze

Looking for that perfect getaway. Try a houseboat vacation on the Vaal River. We also have two self-catering Rondavels units that can accommodate four adults. We are situated on a peninsula in a dammed section of the Vaal River, also known as the Vaal Barrage. The peninsula has the Loch on the one side, and the Vaal River on the other. Cruise-N-Snooze houseboats and Rondavels units are on the Vaal River side of the peninsula.

The fully equipped luxury houseboats; rates starting from R1000 per night sleeps four people, and are moored in a private lagoon, separated from the main river by a 30mx20m island. Across from this private island stretches a 500m wide part of the Vaal River with Bird Island in between the banks. From here there is approximately 55 kilometres of navigable waters including the Loch and other tributaries, to be explored at your leisure. Before departing on your cruise, we teach you how to operate the houseboat and all the equipment on board. On board activities include fishing, bird watching, swimming, or just relaxing under the sun or starry skies. Places of interest on the riverbank include restaurants, bars, family entertainment venues, a casino, golf courses, spas, and etcetera.

The self-catering Rondavels offer an exclusive and serene getaway. It sleeps up to four or six people; one Rondavel has a queen-size bed and the second with two single beds. We supply an extra double bed mattress for two additional people. Separate enclosed toilet, shower and hand basin. Private entertainment area including braai facility, wash-up area and gas hob, overlooks Vaal River and the garden. Enjoy superb birding, water sports, fishing or simple relaxation. Boat launching facility available. Also ideal for Honeymoon couples and bridal photo shoots.

Cruise-n-Snooze attended a meeting with SAMSA on 16 February 2009 in which it was decided that SAMSA will issue self-drive houseboat operators with a letter exempting them from the requirement of having a 'skipper's license', until a formal system is put in place whereby a temporary certificate of competence will be issued before commencement of the cruise. This procedure still has to be formalized, but will probably consist of material that can be studied beforehand, and a written test. All this means is that we will continue with our normal briefing before your cruise, covering safety and conduct on the river, until this new evaluation system is put in place.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 2 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 16
  • Check-in: 13:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 32 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Satellite TV*
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Romantic

Languages Spoken

  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Maximum 4 people per houseboat.

Minimum 2 night stay over weekends.

Minimum 3 night stay over long weekends.

Availability and pricing

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  • Self-catering Rondavels Sleeps 6 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 2 On the banks of the Vaal River, 10 km outside Vanderbijl Park, is a fully equipped self-catering double rondawels. This... see more Features:  Queen beds, DStv, Shower only, Self-catering, Separate toilet, Sleeper couch see more Queen beds, DStv, Shower only, Self-catering, Separate toilet, Sleeper couch, Single beds, Lagoon views, Garden views, Fan, Heater, Television, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, Safe, No Smoking in Rooms, River views
    from R1000 For 2 guests
    • Rooms Adults
      • House Boat Sleeps 4 Includes: Self-catering Inside a fore cabin (double bed, bench seat and four drawers), a fully equipped kitchen including sink, stove and oven,... see more Features:  Double beds, Shower only, Self-catering, Radio, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge see more Double beds, Shower only, Self-catering, Radio, Tea and Coffee Facilities, Bar Fridge, No Smoking in Rooms
        from R1300 For 2 guests
        • Adults

          Reviews for Cruise-N-Snooze

          32 guest reviews Reviews of

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          Hennie Bouwer
          22 November 2021

          A very cool way to break away from the city. Lovely boat, clean, well equip and comfortable. Very friendly host.

          Kerry Van niekerk
          11 October 2021

          We really enjoyed that we had the freedom to go along and see all the sights and stop and fish along the way. It was a great adventure for the kids and we were totally safe. Raymond was an excellent host - very helpful and obliging.

          Jeanne Corrado
          13 September 2020

          We loved every minute of our getaway. Ray was extremely helpful and professional. The boat was great, and we felt very relaxed from the first moment we arrived. I highly recommend this experience...

          Kobus Grobler
          25 March 2020

          loved quietnesshate other boaters and skiers

          Vanessa Chambers
          25 March 2019

          Wonderful experience, will definitely recommend cruise-n-snooze. Will be back soon.

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          Cruise-N-Snooze is 16.4km from the centre of Vanderbijlpark , the nearest airport 90.9km (Johannesburg International Airport).
          *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling