Our main outside entertainment area is the wooden deck. It is fairly large and can accommodate a lot of people and everyone is surrounded by water. It branches out into different sections that are connected via wooden bridges. It is built over a large dam and from the deck, there are stunning views all-round. Many wild birds in the area have made it their home. The deck is used as a restaurant, pub, function and wedding venue. It is roofed and has canvas walls which can be dropped and zipped up in case of rain, wind or cold.

This is a large wooden jetty built into the dam. This is often used for weddings, functions and long table events under the night skies. There is no roof over the jetty.  The jetty also features a giant swing right at the end on the edge, making a perfect backdrop for romantic wedding photos.

For those of you afraid of water, the function hall is a brick & mortar building. There is no water near it, it also has a fully functional roof and is walled with glass sliding and stacking doors right around. On warm evenings these are opened up and guest can stroll out into the garden to gaze at the stars. The function hall was symbolically built in the shape of a cross for all our romantic friends out there about to tie the knot.

All the venues have awesome views over the dam, veldt, and mountains in the background.


Casa Cara boasts a stunning 150 seater chapel overlooking the dam and mountains. The chapel is fitted with stacking doors for those long warm summer days when you want to get married inside but you don’t want to get married in that typical hot stuffy inside atmosphere, this is your solution! After the ceremony, your guests can be treated to refreshments at the outside serving station at the chapel which overlooks the beautiful views, while you slip away for your photo session.

The chapel serves the duel-purpose of a beautiful conference venue. The wooden cross is removed leaving a large hall for a corporate conference or function use.

At the Animal Park, kids will meet many new friends! There are amongst other things, bunnies, zebras, antelope, mini-micro donkeys, too many varieties of chickens to mention, pheasants, cranes, peacocks and many other wild birds and antelopes!

The Kids Playpark offers parents something fun to do with the young ones. The park consists of everything any toddler could ever wish for! There are colorful fun activities, jumping castles, swings, slides, ball ponds, you name it, they’ll find it here. While parents take a well-deserved breather and a cold drink on the deck, the kids will be safe and well entertained. The Playpark is staffed with trained nannies who keep a watchful eye while you relax.

One of the kiddies favorites, the swimming pool is always available for kids to cool off in after all the fun they had at the Animal Park and Playpark.

The dam is stock with, carp, yellowfish, and bass. Kids can hire fishing rods to fish, and all fish caught must be released back into the dam safely. The fishing is just for fun.


The Casa Cara Brand encompasses two luxury guesthouses and an exclusive wedding & function venue.



Casa Cara Lodge
On the banks of the Vaal River with breathtaking views from the floating wooden deck. Hosts exquisite weddings & functions and offers luxury self-catering accommodation in scenic surrounds. Also boasts camping and caravan stands.

Casa Cara Guesthouse
Offers luxury accommodation. Exquisite B&B for the discerning traveler.

Casa Cara Vaaldam
Exclusive accommodation on the banks of the Vaal Dam. Book this venue for small corporate groups or family reunions.



Reservations & General Enquiries
+27 (0) 56 817 1251
+27 (0) 83 554 9204

Wedding & Function Enquiries
+27 (0) 56 050 0176

28 Alleman Street, Parys, Free State.
GPS: -26.895660, 27.468094

Vaal Eden Road, Parys, Free State.
GPS: -26.859671, 27.502188

Vaal Dam
Deneysville, Free State.
GPS: -26.90615,28.16573