• +27 (0)16 987 7299
  • +27 (0)82 887 1312
  • Meteor Basin, Vredefort Dome, Free State, South Africa.

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Welcome to Kommandonek Game Reserve

a private wild life sanctuary

We are just outside Parys on the Vredefort road to Schoemansdrift.

Kommandonek is edged by the beautiful Vaal River flowing through a range of scenic mountains which were created by a meteor. The impact of the meteor caused a huge crater which, over time, created the Vredefort Dome.

The reserve is in the center of this 80 kilometer wide meteor basin. It is home to 150 different types of bird species and game including giraffe, zebra, oryx, eland, kudu, red hartebeest, water buck, impala and other smaller game species.

Come and enjoy game viewing from an open game drive vehicle, or walk along the accredited hiking trail to experience incredible views and breathtaking scenery.

Kommandonek is an ideal venue for weddings, family celebrations, business meetings or school groups. The spectacular view of the Vaal River, natural beauty and serenity of the surrounding mountains of the Vredefort Dome serves as a perfect backdrop.

Accommodation at Kommandonek Game Reserve

The accommodation units are nestled at the foot of a mountain, about two 200m from the Vaal River.
We can accommodate up to 48 guests in comfort.
Different types and styles of accommodation are available, and a combination of these can provide for family, business or social groups.

RATES 2022


The Lodge

  • Size:
    4 en-suite double rooms
    1 family room that sleeps 4
    Total guests: 12
  • Rates 2022:
  • R440,00 per person per night sharing
    R520,00 per night for singles
    Kids under 10 pay half price

  • Day hikes for residents included

The Boma

  • Size:
    4 en-suite double rooms
    1 family room that sleeps 4
    Total guests: 12
  • Rates 2022:
  • R440,00 per person per night sharing
    R520,00 per night for singles
    Kids under 10 pay half price

  • Day hikes for residents included

The Bungalow

  • Size:
    downstairs: 1 double bed
    loft: 2 single beds
    Total guests: 4
  • Rates 2022:
  • R440,00 per person per night sharing
    R520,00 per night for singles
    Kids under 10 pay half price

  • Day hikes for residents included

Eagle's Nest

  • Size:
    7 separate casual bedrooms
    stylish communal bathroom

    Total guests: 14
  • Rates 2022:
  • R330,00 per person per night sharing
    R380,00 per night for singles
    Kids under 10 pay half price

  • Day hikes for residents included

The Homestead

  • Size: Sleeps 6 guests
    3 bedrooms, 1 double & 2 single rooms
    - 2 full bathrooms, lounge with fireplace
    - open plan kitchen, dining room
    - rooms have private access to the veranda
  • Rates 2022:
  • R440,00 per person per night sharing
    R520,00 per night for singles
    Kids under 10 pay half price

  • Day hikes for residents included

Other Rates (inclusive of VAT)

Day Visitors R100/person/day
Day Hikers R100/person/hike
Game Drives R80/person
(minimum R450/trip)
River Raft On request
Venue Hall R7 700 per day
Chapel R2 200 per day
Weddings On request
Conferences On request


  • Check in: 13h00 pm; check out: 11h00 am
  • Key & breakage deposit:
    R300,00 per room and R1 000,00 per group
  • Deposit will not be refunded if occupants smoked in non-smoking rooms
  • Entrance to reserve is restricted, please confirm 24 hours in advance of arrrival
  • Please make prior arrangements for arrivals later than 19h00 at 082 887 1312

Updated 24 January 2022

What our Guests Say

22 March 2021
An amazing place. The lodge is fully equipped with all that is needed to have an awesome time away. The game drive was enjoyed by all. The wild life and birds are stunning. A great place for a relaxing time. Thank you to our hosts, very friendly and caring. Will def be back.

From: The O’Connels

1 Maart 2021
Baie baie dankie!! die bachelors was amazing! Die dame by ontvangs en die man wat die wildsrit gedoen het was baie vriendelik en behulpsaam. Dankie Estelle vir al die reëlings, ook die river rafting was'n great experience. Sal Kommandonek vir enige iemand voorstel. -

From: Hugo van der Merwe

28 Februarie 2021
Heerlik gerus en wandelpaaie gestap. Beveel plek ten sterkste aan.

From: Anita Swartz & Malan-gesin

18 Februarie 2021
Ons het heerlik gerus en ons batterye gelaai! Baie dankie vir alles.

From: Tienie en Mariette Kunneke – Alberton

24 Oktober 2020
BESTE PLEK OOIT – ons troue was wonderlik. Dankie vir alles.

From: Nicolette en Rickus o’Niel

18 October 2020
Our second time back here and as previously, such a great time enjoying the peace & tranquility. A wonderful home away from home. Will see you again!!

From: Dreyers, Lubbes & De Villiers families

19 September 2020
Sal beslis aan almal ons fotos gaan wys en vertel van al die mooi! Baie dankie, het heerlik gebly.

From: Braam en Nada Viljoen

27 July 2020
I loved it! We came across a lot of game on the hiking trail, spectacular views form the top of the Mountain. We had our own little kitchen and braai area which was nice and tidy. The cherry on top was when the tame Fellow Deer ate out of our hands at the end of a lovely day. I highly recommend this place.

From: Gerhard van den Berg

22 Februarie 2020
Sjoe, waar begin ons om dankie te se vir 'n onvergeetlike lekker tyd by julle. Julle gasvryheid het beslis uitgestaan. Julle sal ons beslis weer sien. My hart was nog altyd in die Vrystaat, maar nie gedink dit kan so mooi wees nie!

From: Isabel Visagie, Kimberley

28 February 2020
Thank you very much for this week-end. We had a very wonderful stay, we really enjoyed ourselves and found this to be such an incredible experience.

From: Jean-Claude Munoko

3-4 January 2020
Enjoyed my stay. Everyone was so friendly. Taught us new things. I would recommend It to family and friends who like relaxed places.

From: Aifhelo Ramogondo

THANKS FOR EVERYTING!!! Thank you for this wonderful Stay! I had lots of fun staying here and see all the animals on the farm. Thank you for everyting!

From: Hailey Pulvarenti from Italy (9 years old)

Estelle we had a great and wonderful time since from the 1st day we arrived. The lady we found at the reception was very much helpful. The only downside was the swimming pool the water is very cold. If it can be a heated pool in future. Thank you for tolerating us with playing our music till late.


Heerlik Gebly en Gekuier. Sal julle weer sien.

Queline + Deon Serfontein, Hennenman

“Hi Estelle, I really would like to thank you and the wonderful lady who helped us. It was such a beautiful hike. Your property is so well-kept and the trail is so well marked. We will definitely visit again!”

Taryn Kettle

Wat 'n wonderlike naweek saam met vriende, wat nou soos familie voel. Baie dankie vir die heerlike naweek. Die rus en stilte en pragtige natuur was net wat ek nodig gehad het vir die laaste deel van die jaar. Die kamers is pragtig en so gerieflik. Sal beslis Kommandonek aanbeveel so ver as ek gaan – ek kom weer!

Amanda Retief

Baie dankie vir 'n Heerlike naweek. Baie gerieflik. Geniet die wildsrit en Voorspoed en guns vir die wildsplaas. Goeie vriende en aangename geselskap. Groete aan Estelle en Robert.

Liz Becker

Wat 'n wonderlike samekoms!! Lekker gewees om weer almal te sien en so lekker saam te kuier!! Dankie vir al die gasvryheid, onthou oomblikke, heerlike kos en atmosfeer! Mag dit goed gaan met elkeen en alles wat julle beplan en beleef. Sien uit na die volgende saamkuier. Seën vir almal!!

Jack en Joey van Rensburg (Claassen)

Wat ‘n wonderlike samesyn van spesiale Hartsmense! Soveel gasvryheid en liefde saam in die natuur. “Memories” wat ons kan saamneem. Lief Robert + Estelle!! Dankie vir die “mooi” en “gasvryheid” wat ons by jul lekker Lodge kon beleef!! Saam neem ons “vrinne” in ons harte saam. Koppies bly op.

Peter + Rina Payne – 50jr Reunie

Baie baie dankie vir die wonderlike naweek wat ons kon deel wees van die 50 jaar herdenking wat ons saam spandeer het. Dankie vir al die liefde en gasvryheid. Dankie Rina, Ria en Estelle vir die organisering. Estelle mag julle net voorspoed hê met julle pragtige plaas wat julle gedeel het met ons as maters.

Bennie + Maria Blignaut

Ons het hierdie naweek sooo geniet. Dit was so gesellig en het nuwe vriende gemaak. (Dierbare mense). Al ons vriendinne van ons 50 jaar reunie. Baie dankie vir n wonderlike naweek.

At + Ria Bouman

2-4 Augustus 2019
Baie dankie vir ‘n rustige naweek. ‘n Mens se siel het lekker gerus in die rustigheid. Die stap was ook baie lekker. Die woonplek is netjies en gerieflik. Nogmaals baie dankie.

Schalk + Roeline Xx.

Can’t thank you enough for such a great stay and for accommodating us! 30 People for a 30th and everyone loved it! Thank you! AWESOME. You Rock!


This is a wonderful, peaceful place to come rest, to make memories with your family. Thank You Very Much.

The De Pontes family

Wonderful stay, so quiet, & relaxing Great game drive too! Thank you so much! Will definitely come again xx.

The Dreyer Family

Frequently Asked Questions

Attractions in the area?

    The Vredefort Dome
  • The oldest and largest meteorite impact site in the world. Formed an estimated 2000 million years ago when a gigantic meteorite hit the earth close to where Vredefort is today.
    The Dell Cheetah Centre
  • The centre offers an information session followed by physical contact with the cheetahs.

Activities in the area?

  • Vaal de Grace Golf Estate
  • Parys Golf and Country Estate
    Skydiving Parys
  • Skydive with experienced, professional tandem skydivers
    Visit Parys Town
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Kiki’s Vintage Photo Studio offers fun photo shoots, a coffee- and antique shop

Types of game species in the reserve?

The types to be seen at Kommandonek include giraffe, zebra, oryx, eland, kudu, red hartebeest, water buck, impala and other smaller game species.

More information on the Kommandonek Trail?

The trail starts and finishes at Kommandonek Game Farm. Please note that bookings are essential - call us on +27 (0)82 887 1312.

It is a leisurely day hike, moderate hike with an initial steep climb to the blockhouse, but thereafter it is on the flat.

The first part of the hike follows an old path up to the top of a 'meteorite ripple' in the landscape caused by the impact of the meteorite. Up there the views in all directions are well worth the climb.

The Vaal River makes a bend near Parys and flows through a narrow area known as Kommandonek, an obvious outcrop of quartzite rock from which the farm takes its name. Kommandonek, as its name implies, was used as an observation site during Anglo Boer war skirmishes.

Book today and look forward to a relaxing stay with us

Call us on +27 (0)16 987 7299 or send an email to kommandoneklodge@gmail.com