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  • Well-maintained private park on the banks of the Vaal river
  • A 20-minute drive from the towns of Parys and Vredefort
  • Fishing, outdoor pool, kayak hire and site-organised rafting trips

Dimalachite River Lodge is a peaceful riverside site in Free State, 20 minutes' drive from the town of Parys. The accommodation options here have access to all kinds of watery activities, from fly fishing to wild white water rafting. The site's outdoor pool, meanwhile, is an attractive option if you fancy a few more laidback lengths.

The main site area is bordered by trees and a river, with plenty of nature around (to keep things as peaceful as possible, please don't play music and be mindful of other guests). Dimalachite River Lodge has plenty of braai stands where you can light up a fire and get cooking; provisions can be picked up nearby in either Parys or Vredefort (both 20 minutes' drive). A small site kiosk also stocks ice, wood, charcoal, drinks and other snacks.

The washrooms here are well-maintained and cleaned on a regular basis, with showers available for rinsing yourself clean after splashing around on the river.

The site is named after a local species of kingfisher that can often be spotted flitting through the greenery. More nature can be seen close by on site-organised game drives, where oryx, red hartebeest, sable antelope and other creatures can be surveyed. Many of the animals are used to the site's vehicles, allowing you to get up close and personal with the wildlife and snap some top shots.

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Activities/entertainment run in smaller groups

Capacity reduced to increase social distancing

Check-in: contactless (in person)

Check-in: one group at a time

Deep cleaning of accommodation units between guests

Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided

Distance markers in shared facilities

Hand sanitizing stations

Masks/gloves available

More frequent emptying of bins

Removal of soft furnishings (e.g. decorative cushions)

Shared spaces: daily deep cleaning

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

Swimming pool entry quota

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade

TV room




Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets


Shower available

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access


Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

No dogs allowed


Lake and/or mountain


Spectacular scenery


Charging facilities

Communal fridge

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

No drinkable water point

No hot water

No running water

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby


Large (51-200 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby


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  • Farm Witbank, Parys, Free State, South Africa, 9595
  • Timezone Africa/Johannesburg +0200 (GMT+02:00)   GPS 26.9033°S 27.3675°E


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Local attractions and activities include:

- Parys (for curio shops and dining out): 20 minutes' drive

- Parys Golf and Country Estate: 20 minutes

- Berakah Adventures (4x4 track): 30 minutes

- Venterskroon (old mining town): 35 minutes

- Potchefstroom Museum: 45 minutes

- Johannesburg: an hour and 25 minutes.

  • Does Dimalachite River Lodge have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Dimalachite River Lodge dog friendly? No View all features
  • What attractions are near Dimalachite River Lodge? Local attractions and activities include: - Parys (for curio shops and dining out): 20 minutes' drive - Parys Golf and Country Estate: 20 minutes - Berakah Adventures (4x4 track): 30 minutes - … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Dimalachite River Lodge?
    Camping and touring
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  1 p.m.
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
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Terms and conditions

Please read the park terms and conditions below and the terms and conditions.

A cable measuring at least 10 metres is needed for the electric hook-ups.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.

All onsite food and drink establishments are closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

A state-issued fishing license is required (you'll need to apply for this beforehand).

At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.

Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.

Changes to your holiday
Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via

Firearms are not permitted.

Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, touring caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via

Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the site are unlit.
If making a fire, the fuel, logs and coal have to be purchased on site.

In the event of a complaint, please speak to reception immediately. Complaints which are not brought to the management's attention during your stay cannot be dealt with once you have left the site.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.

Local city/eco tax is included in the rate.

Minimum spacing of 2 metres between pitches.

No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via

Hired accommodation
No naked flames are allowed inside the hired accommodation units.

Arrivals and departures
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

No vehicle movement between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m..
Only one car is to be parked at the site. Extra vehicles must be parked in the designated area.

Only one parent/child pair at a time may use each structure in the play area.

Only park guests are authorized to use the pool.

Onsite entertainment will not be offered due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Open fires are prohibited.

Please note there is no lifeguard on duty.

Protective masks must be worn at all times in common areas.

Public areas are non-smoking.
Quadbikes are not permitted.
Quiet hours must be respected between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m..
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and trunks must be closed quietly.

Reception is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. between 15/12 and 10/01.

Refunds within the indicated cancellation period are only possible if the site is able to relet your unit/pitch.

Swimming in the lake is not allowed.

The fishing lakes are stocked with Carp, bigmouth yellowfish, Smallmouth yellow fish, mudfish, barbel..

The hot tub facilities are closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.
The kitchen facilities are closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behavior is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

The outdoor swimming pool is open between 15/09 and 01/05 (subject to weather conditions).

The site is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.

Arrivals and departures
The site will send you further check-in information 2 day(s) before your arrival.

The swimming pool is closed due to restrictions imposed by the coronavirus outbreak.

This is a quiet site: no music is allowed.
This site does have a catch-and-return fishing policy in place.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.

Visitors’ cars are not permitted on site.
Visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m..
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

You must follow management instructions when setting up your tent/rig and related equipment.