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27km purpose-built trails

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Open to the public on Saturdays

Gate Times & Fees:

 SATURDAYS: day-visitors 
(No pre-booking required)

Adults R50 | Learners R25

Pre-school FREE
The park will be open to day-visitors on almost every Saturday:

October-March 05:45 - 16:00

April-May 07:00 - 16:00

June-July 07:30 - 16:00

August-September 07:00 - 16:00

 SUNDAYS: Closed for day-visitors 

 Group bookings only. (10+ visitors) for hikers and runners

Adults and Learners R50 | Pre-school FREE
Contact Dylanya:


011 888 1590 O/H

A natural Blend of Sport & Pleasure

An unspoiled African wilderness on the banks of 
the Vaal River with miles of purpose-built trails 
for hiking, trail running and mountainbiking. 
Paddlers can enjoy the open waters or navigate 
between the multiple islands.

The park is nestled in the mountains of the Vredefort Crater UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is 12km from Parys (Free State) on the North West bank of the Vaal River.

Events & Courses

The park will be open for day-visitors on Saturdays. Events and clinics are planned to not disturb our day-visitors' activities

  • 26/27 Feb'21 - Trail Run Skill Clinic

  • Sat 27 Feb'21 - Southern Skies Moonlight Trail Run 5, 10, 20km

  • Fri 7 May'21 - Fezile Dabi League #1 Open XC run

  • Fri 14 May'21 - Fezile Dabi League #2 Open XC run

  • 27/28 May'21 - Trail Run Skill Clinic

  • Sat 28 May'21 - Southern Skies Moonlight Mountain Run 5, 8, 16km

  • ​Sat 5 Junie'21 - Fezile Dabi League #3 Open XC run

  • Sat 24 Junie'21 - Fezile Dabi League #4 Open XC Run & District Champs

  • Sat 28 Aug'21 - UCI Mountainbike Marathon 100, 40, 20km (park will be closed to all day visitors)

  • Sun 29 Aug'21 - Trail Run (details to be confirmed)

  • NOT AT KOEDOESLAAGTE - Sat 4 Sept Parys Lenteloop Straatmyl (in town) & 10km (@Anatomic factory)

  • 24/25 Sept'21 - Trail Run Skill Clinic

  • Sat 25 Sept'21 - Southern Skies Moonlight Trail Run 5, 10, 20km

  • 26/27 Nov'21 - Trail Run Skill Clinic

  • Sat 27 Nov'21 - Southern Skies Moonlight Trail Run 5, 10, 20km

Hiking &

Trail Running

Our trails are well-marked and cater for the everyone; beginner to accomplished. The trails are modular: distances ranging from 1km to 30km. Large parts of out trails are cut wider for easy passing and a more social experience. Large parts of the trails are designed for hikers and trail runners only Hikers are advised to carry sufficient water with them.  Trekking poles or hiking-kieries are advisable for the more challenging mountain routes. 


Koedoeslaagte trails are graded: easy, moderate, hard and very hard. The trails are modular: distances ranging from 3km to 30km. Most parts of out trails are cut wider for easy passing. The more difficult routes generally feature longer and steeper climbs, steeper descents and rockier terrain.

There are thorn trees and shrubs all around the park.

 Slimed tubes/tire liners OR tubeless tyres are advisable to help prevent punctures.


Koedoeslaagte boasts a 1,2km river front. Our water access is in a process being op being upgraded. Motor vehicles have easy access to the waterfront. To the West, paddlers will have wide open water. To the East lies a network of islands and rapids to be explored.

Koedoeslaagte will soon have kayak-rental. Watch this space.

 Life jackets are compulsory.

 No launching for fishing is allowed from Koedoeslaagte.

Bird watching

The park has attracted a number of bird lovers over the opening months. The park decided to invest in birding. A special 600m trail has been built to the West of the waterfront that will bring bird lovers up close to the river life. A bird hide on the bank is also in the planning. The Birds of the Vredefort Dome are well documented in a book with the same title. Download our list of the species identified at Koedoeslaagte. The book is available at reception. The birdlife in the pristine mountain-side of the park is easily accessible via our hiking-trail network.

Play & Picnic

The Koedoesaal is a 30x20m barn for protection against the elements. The UITSPAN Kiosk serves coffee and offers a range of sodas, water, energy bars and something savory and sweet.

The Koedoedam is a chlorinated and filtered farm-style "swimming" pool.

The Koedoekraal is a 50 seater bushveld-lapa ready for a kuier and a braai.

Contact Koedoeslaagte: Dylanya at H/O +27 11 888 1590 or Attie Koekemoer +27 82 335 3358