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.
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.
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