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There is no place on Earth like it.

This is the biggest proven impact crater on our planet. You can drive it, hike, raft, canoe or even cycle to see this amazing landscape with its great river for yourself. Frequently Asked Questions.

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The Vredefort Dome Unesco World Heritage Site marks the centre of the largest asteroid or comet impact scar on our planet. It was up to 300 km across when it was formed two billion years ago by an explosion equal to millions of atomic bombs.

 
 

Named after the town of Vredefort, the Dome and its surrounding Bergland are a spectacular feature of the Free State and North West provinces of South Africa. The impact brought gold to the surface, exposing the richest deposits Earth. The gold has subsequently shaped the modern history of South Africa.  Embedded in this wild terrain of shattered rocks and African wildlife is the story of how our planet was made and the history of a complex and exciting country.

Don’t miss it for the world!

Guiding

Top guides. Get to see the Dome in the company of experts. Both Graeme and Karen are registered guides for the area and have spent the best part of two decades studying the landscape and collecting information about the impact. They run Otters Haunt, a delightful rustic lodge beside the Vaal River, with accommodation in a guest house, comfy bush camp, and chalets. Meet them…

Arrange a tour

Tours can be halfday, full day or even several days. We do general introductions to the Dome for those who want an overview without too much technical detail, including the fascinating human history of the region. We also do specialised tours on geology, archaeology, battlefields and other research topics. School educationals too. Pick the tour you want to do…

 

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Do the Dome yourself!

Get our self-drive map and booklet. You can follow several routes with informative details marked, and read up on background to the Dome story. The booklet covers the planetary science, geology, history, battlefields, archaeology and further resources.

Get the set either by daypass online or collect the hard copy from us to keep us use. We are near the entrance to the Dome World Heritage Site. Inquire and order directly: impact@vdome.co.za.

Adventures

The Dome is an adventure playground all year long. Come summer or winter there’s plenty to do. From hiking to rafting, abseiling to ziplining, cycling to canoeing, you can can choose how to see the Dome and Bergland.

We organise family outings, group teambuildings, corporate conferencing with activity breakaways, customised explorations for researchers, film shoots, and more. Pick your adventure…

Accommodation

Visit http://otters.co.za/

Inquire: 082 475 9767   info@otters.co.za

Self catering and dog friendly. Fishing, hiking, rafting, canoeing, birdwatching and more activities to suit families, teambuilds and small conferences.

Otters Den guest house overlooks the river. With its pool, braai facilities and several rooms it’s ideal for families and friends.

Comfy Full Moon Cabins have bedding and a kitchen lapa.
Comfy Full Moon Cabins have bedding and a kitchen lapa.

There are several chalets for couples and small families
There are several chalets for couples and small families