Deelfontein Guest Farm

Parys, Free State

In the seclusion of the south-western core of the Vredefort Dome, about 20 km from Parys and 14 km from Vredefort, you will find the farm Deelfontein nestled between the high, concentric ridges of South Africa’s youngest World Heritage Site. It is the near-pristine environment, the interesting geology of this oldest and largest meteorite impact site, as well as numerous remains of the stone- and iron age inhabitants, the Boer War, and the early gold mining activities, that make the Dome such a prime tourist destination.

Deelfontein Court offers a dining hall, kitchen, recreation rooms and bedrooms around a courtyard and is currently under construction.

Two comfortable farm houses, a rondavel, and a bush camp for those who want to escape from civilisation, offer accommodation at Deelfontein. The guest houses lie about 300 m apart, and the bush camp is situated 1 km away, ensuring privacy. The two houses and camp are also ideally suited to large groups. Up to 46 persons in total may be accommodated on the farm.

All buildings on Deelfontein are equipped with modern waterless composting toilets to preserve and protect our scarce water resources.

The Farm Deelfontein:
Deelfontein, 170ha bergland covered with near-pristine bushveld, is located in the Vredefort Dome, a geologically unique formation about 120 km southwest of Johannesburg on both sides of the Vaal river. The farm lies on the southern side of the river between two of the concentric ridges typical of the Dome. The height above sea level varies between 1400 and 1600 metres, and the climate is continental. In the wet and hot but never blistering summers, the Dome is transformed in a lush and green paradise. Characteristic for the winter, dry and mostly sunny, are the large daily temperature differences, from freezing at night to comfortably warm during the day.

In the fertile and deep soils of the valley, maize and fruit were produced. Since many years, however, the old fields have been lying idle and are slowly invaded by the indigenous grasses and thorn trees. The stone ridges are covered with the tree veld characteristic of the Dome, in which Acacia caffra dominates. Various animals occur naturally: Small mammals such as hares and porcupines, antilope species such as duiker, hartebeest, reedbuck and kudu, as well as predators like lynx and leopard.

Due to the limited agricultural potential of the area, nature has remained largely intact in the Dome. Most of the owners are keenly aware of the threats to the environment and the land use tends toward eco-tourism, ensuring a sustainable future for the area. Various game farms and tourist enterprises offer outdoor activities such as bow hunting, hiking, rowing and adventures. Also at Deelfontein, activities are limited to those that are environmentally friendly, such as hiking, and the necessary development is done using the latest green technology.

However, the beautiful natural surroundings, the quietness and the seclusion have more than just tourism potential. It also offers ideal circumstances for effective and concentrated learning far away from the distractions of the city. This potential is realized in the courses offered at the Dome Arts Centre at Deelfontein.

Other Facilities:
Seminar facilities in several spacious rooms, as well as function facilities including a large separate braai area complement the accommodation. The observatory may be booked for stargazing. Camping is possible for those who prefer sleeping in a tent.

Activities:
The activities include swimming in the large 15 m pool, which is situated at one of the guest houses and equipped with change rooms and toilets. On Deelfontein itself, a large number of shorter and longer day hiking routes invites the visitor to explore the area on foot. These trails form part of an extensive trail system comprising more than 60 km of trails, the Meteorite Hiking Trails. For mountain bike enthusiasts, the farm offers a variety of easy to severely technical mountain bike trails. The Dome is a bird paradise, and on Deelfontein the trails take you to various habitats, ideal for the birding enthusiast. For a brochure of the bird species sighted in the Dome, and for guided birding tours, contact Jan Fourie at 056 811 2078. Likewise, there is ample opportunity for those interested in plants, reptiles and other animals. Make sure you bring your field guides!

Accommodation:

Oom Kosie’s Farm House
Accommodation for 2 to 11 persons.
Oom Kosie’s farmhouse, built in the sixties of the previous century by Oom Hannes Greeff and lived in for most of the ensuing time by Oom Kosie Pienaar, is a spacious four-bedroomed house with two bathrooms, a kitchen, a large dining room, a lounge, and a verandah overlooking the mountains. Each bedroom is equipped with two single beds and built-in cupboards. Three further outside bedrooms have one bed each and own bathrooms. Next to the 15 m pool, change rooms offer more showers and toilets. The covered barbeque area is next to the pool. The house is has 230V electricity.

The following is supplied:

  • Bedrooms: Bed linen, towels, hangers.
  • Bathrooms: Soap, toilet paper.
  • Lounge: Lounge furniture.
  • Dining room: tables with table cloths, chairs, 2 serving tables.
  • Kitchen: Gas stove with 4 plates and oven, fridge, freezer, electric kettle, coffy machine. Complete dining service.
  • Scullery: Double sink, dish washing utensils, washing machine.
  • Barbeque area: Grid and braai utensils. Plastic garden chairs.
  • Safe parkig under trees.
  • Closest shopping: Vredefort (14 km) and Parys (20 km).

The following is not available:

  • Television
  • Firewood
  • Cell phone reception
  • Cleaning service.
  • No meals are provided; please supply your own food and beverages.

Oom Hannes’ Farm House:
Accommodation for 2 to 16 persons.
Oom Hannes’ farmhouse, built in the thirties of the previous century by Oom Hannes Greeff, is a traditional farm house with five bedrooms, kitchen and scullery, lounge/diningroom and a verandah looking out over the Dome mountains. Each bedroom is equipped with two single beds and an en suite bathroom with shower. Two further outside bedrooms have three beds each and their own bathrooms. One barbeque area is in a boma with built in seating under a large tree. A second barbeque area is provided on the roofed over verandah. The house is provided with 230V electricity.

The following is supplied:

  • Bedrooms: Bed linen, towels, hangers.
  • Bathrooms: Soap, toilet paper.
  • Lounge/Dining room: Lounge furniture, table with table cloths, chairs.
  • Kitchen: Gas stove with 4 plates and oven, fridge, freezer, electric kettle, coffy machine. Complete dining service.
  • Scullery: Double sink, dishwashing utensils.
  • Barbeque area: Grid and braai utensils. Braai area built into an old farm dam, with built in seating. Second barbeque area on verandah.
  • Safe parking under trees.
  • Closest shopping: Vredefort (14 km) and Parys (20 km).

The following is not available:

  • Television
  • Firewood
  • Cell phone reception
  • Cleaning service.
  • No meals are provided; please supply your own food and beverages.

Rondavel:
Accommodation for 2 people only.
The rondavel at Deelfontein is located next to the observatory and the music seminar rooms. It consists of a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom. The double bed is situated on a mezzanine level in the roof overlooking the living room, and is reached with a ladder. Guests should be mobile! The kitchen is equipped with a sink, two plate gas stove and bar fridge. The building has 230V electricity.

The following is supplied:

  • Bedrooms: Bed linen, towels, hangers.
  • Bathrooms: Soap, toilet paper.
  • Lounge/Dining room: Lounge furniture, table with table cloths, chairs.
  • Kitchen: Gas stove with 4 plates and oven, fridge, freezer, electric kettle, coffy machine. Complete dining service.
  • Scullery: Double sink, dishwashing utensils.
  • Barbeque area: Grid and braai utensils. Braai area built into an old farm dam, with built in seating. Second barbeque area on verandah.
  • Safe parking under trees.
  • Closest shopping: Vredefort (14 km) and Parys (20 km).

The following is not available:

  • Television
  • Firewood
  • Cell phone reception
  • Cleaning service.
  • No meals are provided; please supply your own food and beverages.

Deelfontein Bush Camp:
Accommodation for 16 persons.
The bush camp at Deelfontein consists of three traditional thatched stone-and-mud huts, a lapa, a boma, and toilet facilities. The ruins of the old workers houses were renovated when the camp was built in 2006, and the other buildings added in amongst the existing trees and shrubs, ensuring that the camp blends in with the surroundings and affording privacy. The camp is accessible by vehicle.

Environmentally friendly materials and systems have been chosen to minimise the impact of tourism on nature, and to save energy and water. Only electrical light is available, no plugs, but the accommodation is comfortable and offers an unforgettable experience in this pristine and secluded part of the Dome. Hot water is supplied by two donkeys.

Two of the huts have two rooms each, are equipped with furniture for storage and hanging clothes, and sleep 6 persons. The smaller room has one stack bed with mattresses, the larger two stack beds. These huts also have a bathroom with shower and basin each. The third hut has a single room with two stack beds, as well as a bathroom. The huts are shielded from each other and the lapa by the indigenous vegetation. In the lapa you will find the barbeque facilities, stove, sink and seating for 16 persons. The boma has an open fireplace with benches around it, as well as a kitchen. The toilet building houses two modern composting toilets and two urinals. Please ensure that you study the directions for use!

The following is supplied:

  • Huts: Beds, matrresses, tables.
  • Bathrooms: Shower, basin, mirror, hot water from donkey.
  • Toilet building: Two composting toilets, two urinals.
  • Lapa: Barbeque area with grill, gas stove with four burners and oven, single sink, two tables with seating, cutlery, crockery, pots.
  • Boma: An open fireplace with benches and reed fence. A second kitchen with basin and table.
  • Safe parking under trees.
  • Nearest shopping: Vredefort (14 km) and Parys (20 km).

The following is not available:

  • Bedding
  • Towels
  • Fridge
  • Television
  • Firewood
  • Cell phone reception
  • Cleaning service
  • Toilet paper
  • Matches
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • No meals are provided; please supply your own food and beverages.

Rates:

Guest House:

  • R280 pp.pn

Rondavel:

  • R250 pp.pn

Bush Camp:

  • R180 pp.pn

Day Visitors:

  • R100 pp.pd

Extra Rate Info:

  • Discount: 25% minimum 6 persons, 2 days.
  • Midweek discount: 50%, min. 6 persons, 3 days)
  • Deposit: 50% at booking
  • Cancellation fees:
  • 4 weeks, 50% of deposit
  • 2 weeks, total deposit
  • R55.00 once off per reservation.