Open to the public on Saturdays
Gate Times & Fees:
(No pre-booking required)
Adults R50 | Learners R25
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
On 21-22 August 2021 the park will be closed to day-visitors
for a mountainbike and trail run event
SUNDAYS: CLOSED for day-visitors
Group bookings only (10+ visitors) for hikers and runners
Adults and Learners R50 | Pre-school FREE
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.
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 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. Work will be completed by late November 2020. 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.
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 Canteen 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.