7 Best Fishing Lodges In Gauteng, South Africa - Updated 2023

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Although small in size, the province of Gauteng is home to over a quarter of South Africa’s entire population. As the name suggests, “Place of Gold,” there are large amounts of gold in the area. Today, Gauteng is South Africa’s economic hub, a cosmopolitan region that’s full of diversity. Its most famous cities and the top reasons people come to this part of South Africa are Pretoria and Johannesburg, which is also the commercial capital of the province. But there’s another aspect of Gauteng that makes it so popular–fishing. The province is sprinkled with dams, lakes, and rivers that attract anglers to catch anything, including trout, carp, bass, and yellowfish. Are you interested in testing the waters yourself? Skip the family resorts in Gauteng just this time and opt for a more unique stay. Check out the best fishing lodges in Gauteng, South Africa.

1. Tranquil retreat with mountain views in Magaliesburg (from USD 71)

This retreat is perfect for an off-the-grid adventure away from social media. Although the property has no Wi-Fi or television, it makes up for it with a beautiful outdoor area and magnificent mountain views. You can swim or fish on a catch-and-release basis at the small, nearby dam. There’s bass, tilapia, and carp in the waters.

Magaliesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
10 reviews   Wifi Available
Room in bed and breakfast 4 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
hospitable hostess clean and tidy cottage
catherine is an amazing host and the rest of her family was very accommodating
great place to stay and really affordable
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2. Lovely abode for two in Roodepoort (from USD 31)

This bright and cozy little cottage for two boasts a riverfront location that makes it ideal for fishing and relaxation. You can access an outdoor swimming pool and a tennis court or bring your fishing gear and test the waters. There’s even a barbecue grill for cooking the fish and enjoying a delicious meal. During the summer months, the owners grow a vegetable garden where you’re free to pick.

Roodepoort, Gauteng, South Africa
132 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 2 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

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wifi was ready at our use
i had a wonderful visit the accommodation has plenty of space and is very comfortable
my friend thought that the space was very cozy and he described it as the perfect stay
this was a great place to visit it looks exactly like the pictures and is very comfortable
most comfortable beds and duvet best sleep i’ve had in a long time
the place was great and very clean
it is extremely clean and the hostess is such an amazing person
we loved the spacious lounge and bathroom and the clean white linen
clean tidy and spacious cottage with lovely trees and a tranquil feel
clean neat and a great place for business stays
host is very helpful
jenny is an excellent host
jenny is such a lovely host
jenny is a wonderful and attentive hostess
jenny is so kind and accommodating
it’s close to a lot of places and still extremely private and secure
excellent location if you are travelling to the west rand
it feels like you are out in the wild whilst still being close to everything
very tranquil and peaceful location excellent for anyone looking for a quite weekend
a great place to spend time relaxing
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3. Family-friendly residence with a full kitchen in Vaal Marina (from USD 106)

This family-friendly vacation rental in Gauteng boasts three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and it is surrounded by a lush greenery. You will find everything you need on the property, such as clean sheets, towels, and a washer and dryer. The kitchen is fully equipped with a dishwasher, a microwave, a refrigerator, and cooking essentials for prepping the day’s catch, which you can savor indoors or outdoors.

While fishing enthusiasts are only steps from the water, the rest of the group can cheer them on from the spacious deck.

Vaal Marina, Gauteng, South Africa
42 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 4 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

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amazing place clean and great thoughtful places
great place to stay next to the dam
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4. Secluded, luxury villa close to wildlife in City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality (from USD 422)

If you think luxury and wildlife don’t go hand in hand, think again. This spectacular villa is set on a farm, with nothing but a lush greenery and a vast jungle all around. It is a four-bedroom rental that can host up to eight guests who can relax but also get an adrenaline rush from a drive through the game farm. The common area boasts a bar with a wine cooler, a fully equipped kitchen, and an outdoor pool and a hot tub.

While exploring the area, keep an eye out for buffalos, zebras, giraffes, and even leopards. The nearby dam is excellent for fishing, especially kurper fish.

City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
57 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 4 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 4 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

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it really has absolutely everything you need and was extremely comfortable
we are grateful to prince for cleaning up the kitchen too
it is peaceful refreshing clean and private
surrounded by wonderful views and with clean and spacious rooms inside
very friendly and helpful staff and great hosts
they were both so helpful and made our stay peaceful
the location is beautiful
the perfect place to escape the city life
this farm is a hidden gem and so close to pretoria - we absolutely recommend it
great place to relax with a big group of friends
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5. Pet-friendly cottage with a backyard in Vanderbijlpark (from USD 132)

Sitting on the banks of the Vaal River, this lovely family cottage is an excellent choice for a relaxing vacation away from the city. The backyard is furnished with a picnic table and another large dining table to seat the entire group. There is also a lot of space for kids and pets to run around freely.

This pet-friendly accommodation in Gauteng is cozy and equipped with a washer, a flat-screen television, a fireplace, and a well-appointed kitchen. Note that the rental comes without Wi-Fi, but it offers plenty to do like fishing and boating at the river.

Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa
78 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire cottage 9 Beds 8 Guests 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

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very clean and exceptional setting
hadedah was clean and very comfortable
house is cozy and very clean
the staff are friendly and helpful
june and the onsite staff were wonderful
june is a great host as well
the staff is very kind and helpful as well
amazing homey house with a wonderful host who is very attentive to guests needs
great location on the river
great location good value for money
cozy house amazing location
perfect place for a break away
june’s place was very homey and comforting
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6. Cozy haven with four bedrooms in Vaal Marina (from USD 158)

Set in an idyllic setting that boasts peace, this four-bedroom haven is the perfect place for water-loving guests. The nearby dam is an excellent spot for fishing, but there are many other sites within walking distance too. Other water-based activities available in the area include jet skiing, swimming, yachting, and parasailing.

While on the property, you can go for a swim in the private pool. Fur babies are welcome too, and there’s plenty of green space for them to run around.

Vaal Marina, Gauteng, South Africa
18 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 5 Beds 10 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 10

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suzette was a lovely host very communicative and friendly
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7. Stunning hideaway in a pecan nut orchard in West Rand (from USD 103)

Built with reclaimed materials, this two-bedroom accommodation boasts high ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that let the light flow inside. Each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom with a wood fireplace and large bathtub while the kitchen has everything needed for prepping hearty meals, and the veranda is ideal for dining. During your stay, you can go fishing at the nearby dam, wander around the pecan nut orchard, or find your way out of the on-site labyrinth.

West Rand, Gauteng, South Africa
32 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Farm stay 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

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Amenities & Room:
the wifi also works great i would definitely come back
the common areas are comfortable and the space is tranquil and quiet
amazing host and a great stay
lovely host with a beautiful soul
great host and amazing little touches in the whole space
it's peaceful and quiet with some very friendly animals for company
what a beautiful and tranquil location and house
excellent location beautiful house with a great lay out
the house was immaculate perfectly private and a delightful walk along the river below
absolutely beautiful place perfect location to unwind and get back to nature
it was magical peaceful and perfect exactly what i needed for a quiet retreat away from the city
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A great fishing trip to Gauteng

Whether you’re a professional or a rookie when it comes to fishing, you can always mix your hobby with a great vacation. The province of Gauteng is home to rivers, lakes, and dams that make it a great place to perfect your fishing skills. However, going fishing doesn’t mean sleeping in a tent or waking up in the middle of the night to drive to a lake or river; check out our list of the best fishing lodges in the province to see for yourself.

For more places to stay, check out some safari lodges in Gauteng as well.

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