Mark Rose-Christie, the host of the ghost weekends.

From the creator of the Mystery Ghost Bus of South Africa comes Ghost Weekends , a first of a kind in the country. The spooky weekend event takes place from October  19-20 in the town of Parys in the Free State. Parys, known for its many haunted venues in the town, was the perfect place to host the Ghost Weekends Away, said organiser Mark Rose-Christie. 

“Ghost weekend aways is quite popular overseas. I had been approached by several people to host one in South Africa. Having visited England and been on various ghost tours, I knew that there was a market for it,” said Rose-Christie. The 58-year-old from Port Elizabeth said the response for the event was phenomenal. Guests will stay at the Stonehenge in Africa, a riverside Lodge 110 kilometres from Johannesburg. Situated near the Vaal River, the hotel is believed to have a ghost that lives in an old house on the property. 

Old Parys Museum is one of the stops. Picture: Supplied.

Among the weekend activities include visits to the Poltergeist House deep in a haunted forest, the old Post Office with the sad tale of a little boy ghost, the ‘famous ‘Spook House’ and an old water pump station that ends the experience with a scare. Guests are urged to explore Parys before they head home on Sunday.  The tour costs R 2,500 for both nights or R 1,900 for the Saturday only. The price includes full breakfasts, barbecue, a three-course dinner, three-star accommodation and the ghost tour. Visit for more information. 

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