Vrederus Wild Trout ...

Short Introduction

Boatmans cottage in the snow“I share these places with you with the certain knowledge that if, by chance, you happen to go there, you will treat them as sacred, as venues that will need all our efforts, all our finest ethics, to keep as is, and unspoiled.” These inspiring words were used by Dr.Tom Sutcliffe when he visited Vrederus for the first time in August 1996.

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How to get to VrederusChalet over the lake

If you know the upland country halfway between Rhodes and Maclear, where the Naude’s Nek Pass just about touches the clouds, then you know some of the best trout country God ever put on this fine planet. It is high altitude grassland, cold and sparse and remote, treaded throughout with mountain streams , all swift and clear and full of the promise of trout. It also happens that some of the best stillwater in South Africa is found here.

The journey to the farm Vrederus can be reached via Maclear, through 60km of magnificent countryside, as one twists and turns up steep gravel roads through valleys, past gorges, over plateaus and through pine forests that engender the sure knowledge that one is in trout country. Otherwise you can travel the 60km from Rhodes to Vrederus via the famous Naude’s Neck Pass (+-2500m above sea level - marked out by Donie Naude’s great grandfather and his horse about 100 years ago.

Naudes NekHow Accessible are we?

Most vehicles can be used to get here provided they are not too low on the ground, 4x4 is an advantage. It is advisable to find out about road conditions before leaving for Vrederus. All permits, rules and regulations required for fishing must be obtained from your host.