Open to the public on Saturdays, Sundays and selected public holidays.
Gate Times & Fees:
The Park will be closed on
Weekend 27-28 May for
CRATER TRAVERSE TRAIL RUN
Generally events and clinics are planned to not disturb our main Witkop and Koedoe hiking trails
No pre-booking required. Hiking groups larger than 10 must reveal the nature of their activities to manage the impact on nature and venue.
Adults R50 | Learners R25
The park will be open to day-visitors on almost every weekend except Chrismas weekend
October-March 06:00 - 16:00
April-May 07:00 - 16:00
June-July 08:00 - 16:00
August-September 07:00 - 16:00
(No pre-booking required. Hiking groups larger than 10 must reveal the nature of their activities to manage the impact on nature and venue)
Adults R50 | Learners R25
October-March 07:00 - 15:00
April-May 07:30 - 15:00
June-July 08:00 - 15:00
August-September 07:30 - 15:00
Group bookings: contact Dylanya:
071 233 2777 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
27-28 May 2023
The CRATER TRAVERSE 2day Trail Run
1-day 11km Fun Run
2-3 June 2023
Free State and North West
Cross Country (XCO)
(The park will be open for unofficial course practice on Friday 2nd from 9-17:00. Standard park indemnity and entrance fees will apply)
23-24 June 2023
SA Cross Country (XCO)
Mountainbike Cup #3
Sat 2 August 2023
Free State Schools
Mountainbike XCO #3
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. Parts of the trails are designed for hikers and trail runners only . Hikers are advised to carry sufficient water and a small bacxk-pack 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 2km 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. The park also feature a 5km SA CUP Cross Country track for those who wants to challenge themselves, 90% of this track is incorporated into the existing trail-network. If you are interested to hire a quality mountain bike, please contact
CRATER MTB RENTALS . They have a large fleet of mountain bikes and e-bikes stationed at Koedoeslaagte. Contact Ras: 083 235 3786
Slimed tubes/tire liners OR tubeless tyres are advisable to help prevent punctures.
Koedoeslaagte boasts a 1,2km river front. Our water access have been 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. You are welcome to bring your own raft, canoe or kayak
Koedoeslaagte now offers quality sit-on-top kayaks and life jackets for hire; we have 4 single Vagabond kayaks for hire @ R50 for 2 hours per kayak and R25 per life jacket.
Life jackets are compulsory for kids.
Sorry, no launching to fish is allowed from Koedoeslaagte.
Koedoeslaagte Country Trails
and Pony Rides
Koedoeslaagte Nature Reserve offers the riders a selection of natural trails that lead the riders high into the mountains and offers spectacular view. The trails along the river is shaded and offer the riders a true "uitspan". The Big Rock (an open granite rock face) is the perfect backdrop for the perfect picture. The farm has a selection of "boerperde" that is accustomed to the trails and conditions. Bring your little one for a Pony Ride @R40 (helmet included)
OR if you are competent rider, Whatsapp or call Yvette now: 074 511 9849 and book your ride. Riders can also include a picnic.
Wearing a helmet is compulsory.
The park has attracted a number of bird lovers over the opening months. The park decided to invest in birding. The special 800m Otter Trail has been built to the West of the waterfront that will bring bird lovers up close to the river life. 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 Anatomic Sportswear Factory Outlet offers a wide range of top quality running and cycling wear.
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.
Please book the lapa with the park management prior to your visit. Please supply own firewood. The kiosk sells charcoal and firelighters.