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CONTACT
Graeme, mobile:
+27 84 245 2490
Karen, mobile:
+27 82 475 8767
Tel/fax: +27 56 8181814
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.

Typical programmes

We design the programme to suit you. Here are some examples. Learners have activity classes in the morning using our broad lawns and the riverbank, and go for a hike or river rafting in the afternoon.

Click links at the top to see Geography programmes.  Below is the programme for an introductory day giving an overview of World Heritage Sites in South Africa then focusing on the importance of the Dome in terms of science, the environment, history and culture.

Examples of Geography programmes:  Vaal and Fluvial Processes.  Ecology of the Vaal in the Dome

Dome & World Heritage Sites

We break up large groups into smaller groups and they rotate through the activities:

MORNING 08h30-12h30 with break for refreshments – bring your own.

  1. INTRODUCTION TO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN SOUTH AFRICA AND THE WORLD
  2. ALL ABOUT ASTEROIDS AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM – VIDEOS AND TALK
  3. EXPERIMENTS AND DEMONSTRATIONS ON IMPACT CRATERS
  4. THE SCIENTIFIC, CULTURAL, HISTORICAL VALUE OF THE DOME
  5. RIVERSIDE WALK TO SEE FEATURES OF THE DOME
  6. WILDLIFE AND ECOLOGY OF THE RIVER SYSTEM

LUNCH 12h30-13h30. Bring own packed lunches.

AFTERNOON 13h30-16h00

  1. HIKE TO DOME VIEWPOINT (Full group) 5KM (BUT SOME CAN DRIVE)
  2. HISTORY DISCUSSION – WHAT HAPPENED IN THE DOME IN PAST YEARS, BATTLES AND GOLD
  3. GEOLOGY DISCUSSION – THE FASCINATION OF THE ROCKS THAT TELL A STORY

NOTES

Your own bus transport is used during the tour. The distances are less than 100km and the roads are fair. Please ensure that your bus driver is catered for – refreshments and lunch. Drivers and buses must not leave the venue unless with the group.

Before you come, send us a proposed lesson/topic outline so that we can prepare fully. We will discuss the activities with you and develop a full plan that will keep everyone occupied and be enjoyable for teachers too!

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