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Location & Contact Details
Address: Deelfontein, Vredefort, Free State, South Africa
Contact : Gerhard Benade
Cell : +27-83-2809784

Nestled between two high ridges in the heart of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, Deelfontein offers activities ranging from hiking, trail running and mountain biking to birdwatching and stargazing. Experience peace and quiet in the seclusion of this pristine mountain area only 140 km from Johannesburg. The vicinity boasts a unique geology, as the largest and oldest meteorite impact structure on earth, an abundance of naturally occurring insect-, bird- and wildlife, and diverse plant communities drawing upon bushveld, highveld and even fynbos biotopes. Accommodation is offered in two self-catering guest houses, a rondavel, and a bush camp.

The facilities are developed to minimise ecological impact, extending to aspects such as visual and noise impact and water and energy conservation. To achieve these aims, roofing structures are greened whenever possible, a gradual switch to solar and wind power is under way, and waterless composting toilets, using technology developed in Germany, are used in all the buildings.

Guest Houses

Two farm houses, approximately 300 m apart, provide comfortable self-catering accommodation for 11 and 16 persons respectively, and offer electricity, a fully equipped kitchen, single and double bedrooms with bedding, and an outdoor barbeque area each. Two large seminar rooms and a third barbeque area allow for functions and seminars. No television, cell phone reception, cleaning service, and firewood. Ideal for families and groups.

Thatched Rondavel

A thatched rondavel with with living room, kitchen with gas stove and bar fridge, bathroom with shower, and a double bed on a mezzanine overlooking living room offers rustic accommodation for couples. Mains electricity supplied. Barbeque facility on lawn under a large shade tree.

Bush Camp

Three traditional thatched stone-and-mud huts, a lapa, and toilet facilities comprise the bush camp, situated between indigenous trees and shrubs. Bunk beds with mattresses for 16 persons, electrical lighting, a gas stove , and hot water supplied by two donkeys provide all comforts for those who want to rough it smoothly. Crockery and cutlery are provided as well as pots and pans, but no television, cell phone reception, cleaning service, firewood, toilet paper, matches, dishwashing liquid and bedding. A pool offers welcome relief after hiking.

Facilities

  • 15 m swimming pool
  • Safe parking
  • Seminar/function rooms
  • Large barbeque areas
  • Observatory
  • Hiking trails
  • Mountain bike trails

Activities at Deelfontein

Cool down in the 15 m swimming pool and explore the area on a number of shorter and longer hiking trails. The Meteorite Hiking Trail offers overnight hiking. About 20 km of exciting MTB single track trails await the avid biker. The Dome is a birdwatchers paradise, and the trails lead to various habitats, ideal for the birding enthusiast. Making the most of the Dome's dark night sky, stargazing is possible in the equipped observatory. (Prior booking essential.) In the near vicinity, horse riding, fly fishing, white river rafting, and other adventure activities are possible.

Facilities
  • big game (less than 30km)
  • braai / barbecue - onsite
  • conference venue onsite
  • game drives (less than 30km)
  • horse riding (less than 5km)
  • hunting (less than 30km)
  • internet facilities
  • kitchen (fully equipped)
  • laundry facilities onsite
  • microwave in unit
  • nature trail onsite
  • outdoor pool
  • parking all onsite
  • pets allowed by prior arrangement
  • private entrance
  • rock art (less than 20km)
  • tea / coffee making facilities
  • tumble dryer onsite

Directions

PLEASE NOTE!
No mobile phone reception, hence no telephonic assistance if you get lost!

GPS-coordinates of entrance: 26°56'37,80" S 27°16'16 ,48" E

From the west (Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom):
In Potchefstroom, take Govan Mbeki Avenue in a southerly direction,
continuing on straight at the turnoff to Viljoenskroon in the direction of
redefort. After 34km, cross the Vaal river. At the T junction beyond the river,
turn left. After 8 km, you will find the turnoff marked "Deelfontein, Gerhard
Benade" on the left. Turn left and drive through the gate. After 500 m, there is
another gate. Follow the signage. The guest houses and mountain bike trailhead
are on the left. The arts retreat, observatory, rondavel and workshop are 400 m
further. For the bush camp, continue for another 1 km until the road forks. Keep
left. The campsite is 200 m further. Please close all gates!

From the north (Pretoria, Johannesburg):
Take the N1 South to Bloemfontein. Take the Parys offramp and continue to
Parys. In Parys, follow the signposts for Vredefort. About 3 km outside Parys,
turn right to Schoemansdrif. After a further 3 km, turn left to Reitzburg. If
you hit gravel, you have gone too far! There is a crossing after about 4 km,
where you continue on straight on a gravel road. After a further 8 km, turn
right to Reitzburg. Exactly 2 km further you will find the turnoff marked "Deelfontein, Gerhard Benade" on the right, after passing the turnoff "Deelfontein, Greeff
Boerdery". Turn right, and drive through the gate. After 500 m, there is another
gate. Follow the signage. The guest houses and mountain bike trailhead are on
the left. The arts retreat, observatory. rondavel and workshop are 400 m
further. For the bush camp, continue for 1 km until the road forks. Keep left.
The campsite is 200 m further. Please close all gates!

From the south (Cape Town, Bloemfontein):
Take the N1 North to Johannesburg. At Kroonstad, take the alternative route
to Vredefort. In Vredefort, turn left at the first opportunity (before the
Caltex garage). After 1 km, there is a crossing with the Viljoenskroon road.
Carry on straight over on the S80 to Schoemansdrif. After about 12 km, turn left
to Reitzburg. Exactly 2 km further you will find the turnoff marked "Deelfontein,
Gerhard Benade" on the right, after passing the turnoff "Deelfontein, Greeff
Boerdery". Turn right, and drive through the gate. After 500 m, there is another
gate. Follow the signage. The guest houses and mountain bike trailhead are on
the left. The arts retreat, observatory, rondavel and workshop are 400 m
further. For the bush camp, continue for 1 km until the road forks. Keep left.
The campsite is 200 m further. Please close all gates!

From the east (Durban, Vereeniging, Sasolburg): Drive along the R59 from
Sasolburg in a westerly direction towards Parys. Then follow the directions as
from the north above from Parys.

From the southwest (Viljoenskroon): Drive along the R59 from
Viljoenskroon to Vredefort. As you see Vredefort on the right, turn left onto
the S80, which is not marked, then follow the directions as from Bloemfontein
above.

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  • Bed Configuration
  • Bush Camp (Sleeps 16) x 1
    • Room 1 - single, single
    • Room 2 - single, single
    • Room 3 - single, single, single, single
    • Room 4 - single, single, single, single
    • Room 5 - single, single, single, single
  • Guest house A (Sleeps 11) x 1
    • Room 1 - single, single
    • Room 2 - single, single
    • Room 3 - single, single
    • Room 4 - single, single
    • Room 5 - single
    • Room 6 - single
    • Room 7 - single
  • Guest house B (Sleeps 16) x 1
    • Room 1 - single, single
    • Room 2 - single, single
    • Room 3 - single, single
    • Room 4 - single, single
    • Room 5 - single, single
    • Room 6 - single, single, single
    • Room 7 - single, single, single
  • Thatched Rondave (Sleeps 2) x 1
    • Room 1 - double
  • Special Categories
  • Guest Farm Accommodationdetails
    Is your establishment on a working farm?
    Yes
  • Sleeps 10 or More Accommodation
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