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Talks and tours

CONTACT
Graeme, Cell/WhatsApp:
+27 84 245 2490
Karen, mobile:
+27 82 475 8767
EMAIL:
impact - at - vdome.co.za
Based at Otters' Haunt, Kopjeskraal Road, opposite Parys, North West Province, South Africa

The Dome is so big it can only be seen from space - as in the image here (false colour highlighting the features). Come to our Vredefort Dome information centre to learn all about the mightiest asteroid impact of them all. The Unesco World Heritage Site draws tourists, school and student groups, scientists and adventurers. We are 2km from the town of Parys, on the Vaal River in central South Africa. Get hold of us to arrange your visit and plan a tour to suit your interests - from geology to battlefields, from driving and hiking to cycling and rafting.
Stay at Otters' Haunt Wonderful riverside accommodation in the Dome with direct access to many sites of interest.

Big, bigger, biggest

You’d have to go to the moon or Mars to find a bigger impact crater than the one discovered in Greenland.

An asteroid 30 kilometres across smashed into Greenland three billion years ago, creating a crater that was once 25 kilometres deep and 600 kilometres wide.

That dwarfs the oldest known impact crater on Earth, […]

What kind of tour suits you?

What kind of Dome experience are you looking for? Scientific, geological, historical, educational, archaeological, cultural, ecological or broadly general? There are many ways to see the Dome and learn its amazing story. We do talks, demonstrations, drives, hikes, rafting through the Dome, and research field trips.

Just let us know what interests you most […]

Asteroids with a golden lining

Asteroids threaten our survival, but some are rich in potential.

Credit: Eric James/NASD

A fireball over California and Nevada scattered meteorites all over a wide area. The debris centred on Sutter’s Mill, named after the nearby historical site that started the California Gold Rush, so the space rock got the name Sutter’s Mill […]

South Africa’s Big Bang in mining

Ever since an asteroid blew up over Russia last year, space visionaries have gone crazy with fear and greed. Fear that a major asteroid impact would be the end of us. And greed over dreams of untold mineral wealth locked up in these wandering bits of rock.

Terrifying and tantalising as it all is, it […]

Biggest near-miss asteroid

It’s a big one – but harmless for now!

From The Guardian:

Astronomers around the world have readied their telescopes to catch a glimpse of a speeding ball of rock that will hurtle past the Earth on Tuesday night. Scientists say the asteroid, which is about a quarter of a mile wide, will pass inside […]

Asteroids in the spotlight

Rocks floating in space may have brought life to Earth, but they can also be killers. NASA’s current exploration of the asteroid belt is revealing that there are fewer asteroids than previously thought (they still number in the hundreds of thousands). But there are still dozens of dangerous ones that could hit us – with […]