Talks and tours

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.


Here is a list of resources available on the web regarding the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site (VDWHS). It is incomplete but we are adding to it all the time.

Date Document Link About
Undated SA Astronomical Observatory, HARTRAO Vredefort Dome page Interesting discussion and photos.
Undated Earth Impact Database entry on Vredefort Dome Dimensions, age, maps of geogly, gravity, magnetic, and landscapes
2002 Vredefort Dome Conservancy Plan 2002 The first comprehensive strategy plan, by CONTOUR
2005 UNESCO World Heritage Site list: Vredefort Dome citation, 2005 h The listing is brief but informative.
2005 Tackling the challenge of developing the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site Outcome of Stakeholder Workshop held at Habula Lodge, Parys, 22-23 September 2005
2007 Geology report (VDWHS) Detailed 2007 report for AGES by Cobus van Rensburg
2007 Integrated Management Plan (IMP) for the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site (VDWHS). Extensive links – all chapters and background reports are found here but the IMP is dated 2007.
2008-10 Geology of the Vredefort Impact Structure: A guide to sites of interest RL Gibson and UW Reimold publish a much needed overview and field guide.
Undated, circa 2007-8 Communication & Marketing Plan as part of Spirit of Place This is a section of the Integrated Management Plan
2011 Review of the status of the Vredefort Dome and some problems in enacting protection. Future monitoring must concentrate on these potential threats.
2011 Minister Edna Molewa signs Vredefort Dome memorandum of agreement (MoA) with landowners This comes after a long struggle to reach consensus on private property owner rights.