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Address: | Venterskroon, Parys, South Africa
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Mounatains, River, Bushveld and rugged beauty draw visitors to this unique...

Mounatains, River, Bushveld and rugged beauty draw visitors to this unique World Heritage Site. A geological treasure trove, white water rafting, Africa's wildlife, Bushveld, trillions of stars, amazing sunsets, and wonderful people. Only 90 minutes from Johannesburg but a whole different world. There are a wide variety of accommodation venues available including camping and caravan sites. Use of a registered guide is well advised for an informative tour. Heritage Site tours range from 90 minutes to full day.

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Shear force, majestic views

We stayed at the Kopjeskraal Country Lodge. Unfortunately there was a mix up in the booking which split the group, but Christo accommodated us and made up. This was self service... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed at the Kopjeskraal Country Lodge. Unfortunately there was a mix up in the booking which split the group, but Christo accommodated us and made up. This was self service accommodation but we had the run of the lapa. The accommodation is basic. The breakfast at the large lapa was sumptious and enjoyable. Christo does the heritage tour on... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

We consider ourselves almost "chosen ones" - well, at least very lucky - because we were able to spend several wonderful days in the area and with the help of excellent guides and passionate local people we got to appreciate power, beauty and charm of Vredefort. At the same time I have to admit it is not the easiest attraction... More 

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South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

had breakfast at the Viljoenskroon bar/restaurant. Cute and well worth it. Pity about the passing traffic that didn't slow down resulting in dust..Rest of the day was spent on a 4x4 route at Berakah. Great fun. On the negative side, the signage was poor and besides the new attractions the rest of the resorts were run down.

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South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016 via mobile

We were really excited to visit this heritage site, but were very disappointed when we got there. All the entrances were closed, and there were yellow signs everywhere directing us away from the site. The whole place looked like it was abandoned from the roadside. I'm not sure if it is really closed or just not well managed, but it's... More 

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Randburg
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2016

We went as a group to Kopjeskraal Country Lodge twice for Nature workshops. The personal experience that I had there was exceptionally beautiful. This place brings you so close to nature and back to your soul. Nico the owner is a walking Encyclopedia and wants his visitors to enjoy every minute of there stay.

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VredefortDomeInfo, Conservation and Tourism Promoter at Vredefort Dome, responded to this review

Yes, the owner (Christo) knows the area well and is an excellent guide. Very pleased to hear you enjoyed the natural surrounds, something I'm also passionate about. It is a very unique site and those of us living in the area are indeed priveliged to be here. Two visits are not definitely not enough so trust we'll see you here... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We decided to visit on a Saturday afternoon and at first thought it was closed. However, George appeared from the dilapidated security box. He gave us a tour of the meteorite. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. However it was sad to see the heritage site is such disrepair and neglect.

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VredefortDomeInfo, Conservation and Tourism promoter at Vredefort Dome, responded to this review

We have requested that the authorities take down all signage leading to this visitors centre which is CLOSED. "George" is not a registered guide but a security guard and sadly gives access and makes up stories for unwary visitors. The "visitor centre" was built on granite rock, and is not the meteorite which fell 2025 years ago. All that has... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2016

Firstly, what is the Vredefort Dome. Well, it's the centre of a gigantic meteor impact 2 billion years ago. It is also very large and almost impossible to perceive if you are not a geologist. We went to the "Visitor's Centre" just outside Vredefort. We were extremely confused when it looked closed and abandoned from the outside, but saw people... More 

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VredefortDomeInfo, Conservation and Tourism Promoter at Vredefort Dome, responded to this review

We are truly sad to hear of your experience of the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, and reading your explanation can understand the closing comment. We believe the individual who "guided" you is employed as a security guard and is certainly not a registered site guide. South African law requires that all Travel Guides are qualified, registered and carry official... More 

Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2016

We recently did a boys cycle tour in the area and had great fun. The area will not disappoint if you're an avid mountain biker looking for long dirt roads, coupled with technical single track. On top of this we managed to fit in 2 hours of breathtaking hiking up the surrounding hills and as always tried our luck with... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2016

Recently visited the Dome area and learnt more about the Anglo Boer war as well as the history of the Zulu/Matebele people in this area.Had a great tour guide with Prof Graeme Addison who is very knowedgeable

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Sasolburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2016

This world heritage site is so close to Johannesburg that the crowd from there floods the nearby town of Parys every weekend. It is a pity that there are quite a number of these city dwellers that does not even know about the fantastic nature trails and historic sites nearby. Just driving around via the Skoemansdrift road will lead the... More 

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