South Africa's seventh World Heritage Site, the Dome shaped Bergland area, is about 120 km from Johannesburg, on both sides of the Vaal River, near the country side towns of Parys and Vredefort.
2023 million years ago, a meteorite as big as table mountain struck the earth and forever change the face of our planet. The resulting impact structure is (because of its size) best viewed from the air or from space. A small region within the Dome Area received World Heritage Status" on 14 Jul 2005.
Internationally known as the "Vredefort Dome", this impact has left a "beauty out of destruction" that is utterly breathtaking, historically fascinating and rich in a unique and diverse micro-ecosystem of fauna and flora.
With over 100 different plant species, more than 300 types of birds, over 70 butterfly species and a variety of small mammals, the site adds real biodiversity value to the area under conservation.