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

Quick Enquiry

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 55 guests in comfort.
Different types and styles of accommodation are available, and a combination of these can provide for family, business or social groups.

The Lodge

  • Size:
    4 en-suite double rooms
    1 family room that sleeps 4
    Total guests: 12
  • Rate:
    from R400,00
    per person per night
  • Day hikes for residents included

The Boma

  • Size:
    4 en-suite double rooms
    1 family room that sleeps 4
    Total guests: 12
  • Rate:
    from R400,00
    per person per night
  • Day hikes for residents included

The Bungalow

  • Size:
    bottom: 1 double & 2 single
    loft: 2 single beds
    Total guests: 6
  • Rate:
    from R400,00
    per person per night
  • Day hikes for residents included

Eagle's Nest

  • Size:
    7 separate casual bedrooms
    stylish communal bathroom
    Total guests: 19
  • Rate:
    from R320,00
    per person per night
  • Day hikes for residents included

The Homestead

  • Size: 3 bedrooms, 1 double & 2 single
    - 2 full bathrooms, lounge with fireplace
    - open plan kitchen, dining room
    -rooms have private access to the veranda
  • Rate:
    from R420.00 per person sharing per night, and R500.00 per person single per night
  • Day hikes for residents included

Other Rates (inclusive of VAT)

Day Visitors R100/person/day
Day Hikers R100/person/hike
River Rafting 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

What our Guests Say

6 April 2018
Dankie vir 'n lieflike plek! Dankie vir jul vriendelikheid! Dankie dat ons julle mag ken! Dankie dat julle lief is vir wat julle doen! Baie dankie ... Ons kom beslis weer! "Mag dit reën waar julle bokke wei ..."

Liefde, Human Familie van Thabazimbi

6 – 8 April 2018
Wat 'n heerlike bly tyd! Dankie vir al die gasvryheid! Verblyf was skoon en netjies! So dankbaar! Ons kom kuier definitief weer! Baie liefde.

Die Emmenes gesin (Potgietersrus), Marthinus & Hestia

17 Maart 2018
Baie dankie! Lieflike plek en so rustig! Baie lekker geslaap! Dankie.

Charl & Sonja van Heerden – Malmesbury
Shaun & Annchen Crouw – Durbanville

26 Desember 2017
Baie dankie.
Ons het 'n heerlike Kersfees gehad. Oom Jaap hulle se gasvryheid en moeite het dit extra spesiaal gemaak. Ons hoop om julle gou weer te sien... Baie seën en voorspoed vir 2018

Mariette Jansen van Vuuren

3 Desember 2017
Baie dankie vir ‘n heerlike tyd. Sal beslis weer kom.

Ten Cates – Kempton Park

11 November 2017
Baie dankie vir ons vriendelike en gasvrye ontvangs. Het so lekker gekuier en gebly. Sal defnitief die plek aanbeveel en hopelik weer kom.

Du Plessis – Pretoria

5 November 2017
Baie lekker rustige naweek gehad. Baie dankie dat oom en tannie uit jul pad uitgegaan het om dit vir ons lekker te maak. Ons sal beslis weer kom. Dankie vir al jul moeite!

Trytsmans, Malherbes, Scheeperse, Potgieters & Krugers – Bloemfontein & Pretoria.

25 Oktober 2017
Amazing, mooi plek. Great om 'n plek te hê met al die fasiliteite. Great. Voorspoed!


7 October 2017
This is a lovely, quaint little getaway. From a hostess that is super friendly and accommodating, to deer welcoming you at your door stop, we thoroughly enjoyed our one night getaway. The accommodation is neat and clean, and the outside public boma allows for a lovely entertainment area. Thank you for the experience.

Lee-Ann Morrison, Airbnb

11 Augustus 2017
Ons het lekker gebly en gekuier. Dankie vir Jaap & Danita vir hul gasvryheid en dat daar altyd hout en alles was wat ons bly, aangenaam gemaak het. Die wildkyk, staproetes en kano ry en algemene instandhouding van hierdie wonderlike plek was alles 5 ster!! En het ons beïndruk. Ons kom weer!!

Theo en Hettie

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