Take the helm of a houseboat and navigate the Vaal River.

Cruise the 55km of South Africa’s most dynamic permanently navigable inland waterway. Explore the vibrant shorefront attractions, docking at restaurants, spas, golf courses and a casino resort.

Try your hand at watersports. Enjoy house-spotting on Millionaires’ Bend. Test your skill with a fishing rod. Haul out the twitching kit.

Experience the tranquillity of unspoilt wetlands, misty sunrises and balmy evenings. Anchor in a secluded spot, light up the on-board braai and watch the sun set. Then retire to bed on the boat under the starry sky with the lapping waves and croaking frogs as company. It makes for a very, very memorable experience.

A houseboat charter on the Vaal River with Old Willow No7 Houseboat Charters is a unique experience.

It’s the perfect romantic getaway for a couple, tremendous for a family holiday, idyllic for honeymooners, outstanding for fishermen and birders, great for groups and fantastic for friends.


The Fleet

We have nine houseboats.The LeisureLiner houseboat has been designed to the highest marine specifications. The houseboats meet, and often exceed, all South African Maritime Safety Authority operational and safety requirements. A houseboat can sleep up to five people.



Inside it has:

  • a fore-cabin with a double bed, storage space and bench seat
  • a fully-appointed galley (kitchen) with gas stove, oven, fridge and sink
  • a small heads (bathroom) with a hot shower, chemical toilet and basin
  • an inside dining area that converts into a double bed.
  • a radio/CD player

Outside is a sitting area under a retractable awning and a charcoal braai. Deck chairs are provided on the upper deck.

We have outfitted the houseboats to a high specification, so it is truly a comfortable experience. Our boats have everything you might need.

Just bring your clothes, food and towels.

Please note that no smoking is permitted in the houseboats.