Welcome to Balie!
For many years the Vaaldam area, which includes towns and villages such as¬†Deneysville, Oranjeville, Vaalmarina, Villiers and Heilbron¬†were ‚Äúclassified‚ÄĚ as ‚Äúthe best kept secret‚ÄĚ.
We have no secrets here and we welcome all visitors to our shores!
Balie¬†(the name was derived from the last hippo found in our waters¬†and named Balie by the locals)¬†is more than a newsletter!
We want you to experience everything we have on offer,¬†such as many kilometers of unpolluted water, ideal for yachting and boating,¬†a fisherman‚Äôs haven for bass, carp, yellow fish, barbel and many more!
Accommodation is no problem as there are many Guest houses,¬†B&B, Self-catering Units, Upmarket Lifestyle Units with different options¬†as well as ideal camping spots available.
It is also the home of the world renowned ‚ÄúRound The Island Race‚ÄĚ -¬†an annual yacht race patronised by the yachting fraternity both local and abroad.
During the year many other races and regattas complete the racing calendar.
With several yacht clubs in the area there is no reason to spend a dull weekend at home.
The Restaurants in the area offer good food – and what goes with it!
Business is well represented with supermarkets,¬†butchers, general dealers, clothing shops, dvd shops, estate agents,
hardware and building material merchant,¬†a pharmacy as well as doctors and many more.
A popular destination for bikers – especially on weekends and¬†A big attraction is the vintage motorcycle museum which takes you back to yester-year.
Our acclaimed bird sanctuary offers a wide range of birds and¬†is run by very dedicated members.
You also have the opportunity to visit white lions,¬†crocs and other exotic animals at the croc ranch.
Crime is almost non-existent thanks to the efforts of the SAPS and¬†the team of voluntary patrols manned by
members of the different neighbourhood watches -¬†the most active being the¬†DRAC (Deneysville Residents Against Crime)¬†who also offers¬†Emergency Assistance and Fire Fighting when needed.
The NSRI also have a manned station in Deneysville¬†in case of distress on the water.
The Tourism and Business Forum and¬†its members promote our town in many ways
and try to keep our town clean and attractive¬†the entrance to our village
as well as the erection of very modern rubbish bins¬†along the main street is evidence off this.
Balie is proud to have been associated with the area and¬†its people for more than 8 years (we are in our 9th year of publication).
We keep you up to date with all the newsworthy snippets and¬†events and also offer advertisers an excellent opportunity to sell¬†their products and services in an area¬†not usually covered by the conventional media.