Vals River

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Vals River (Enta)
Sarel Cilliers Bridge over the Vals River in Kroonstad
Name origin: Translated into Afrikaans from its Khoekhoe name Enta, Nta or Entaap, meaning 'false or treacherous river'; possibly referring to unexpected depths in its stream bed or to changes in its course during floods.[1]
Country South Africa
Region Free State
 - left Blomspruit
 - right Liebenbergstroom
Cities Lindley, Kroonstad
 - location Near Paul Roux
 - elevation 1,880 m (6,168 ft)
Mouth Vaal River
 - location Vaal Dam
 - elevation 1,337 m (4,386 ft)
 - coordinates 27°40′37″S 27°12′40″E / 27.67694°S 27.21111°E / -27.67694; 27.21111Coordinates: 27°40′37″S 27°12′40″E / 27.67694°S 27.21111°E / -27.67694; 27.21111
Basin 7,870 km2 (3,039 sq mi)
Location of the Vals River mouth

The Vals River (Afrikaans: Valsrivier) is a tributary of the Vaal River in the Free State, South Africa. It is a strong seasonal river.

This river of the Middle Vaal System is a good place for fishing, especially the local Largemouth Yellowfish.[2]


The river source is about 20 km southeast of Paul Roux and about 25 km southeast of Bethlehem. It flows under the N5 road shortly after its source. In its upper course the Vals River flows roughly northwards, bending northwestwards across the highveld towards Lindley and meandering across the plain.

In its middle course there are a number of weirs as it flows mostly through areas of dryland crops and its waters are used for irrigation. The Vals receives a number of small tributaries, the most important of which are the Blomspruit and the Liebenbergstroom. It finally meets the Vaal after crossing the city of Kroonstad.[3]

Dams in its basin[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dictionary of Southern African Place Names
  2. ^ Steynsrus - Waterfall Guest Farm
  3. ^ Middle Vaal WMA 9

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