The Vredefort Dome and Parys

Adrenaline & Outdoors Free State

When in the Free State, be sure to take a turn at the Vredefort Dome – the world’s biggest meteor crater as well as the oldest and most deeply eroded – where a huge meteorite hit the earth some two billion years ago. Scientists estimate the original crater to have been 300km in diameter and today, what remains is a partial ring of hills 70 kilometres in diameter.

It lies close to the Free State town of Parys, and what's most noteworthy about the town is that it's situated within the Vredefort Dome Conservancy on the southern banks of the Vaal River in the Northern Free State. The Vaal River flows through the crater and makes Parys a picturesque little town.

When in Parys...

When in the Free State, be sure to take a turn at the Vredefort Dome – the world’s biggest meteor crater
  • Parys is part of the Free State Lion Route, so be sure to book a game drive.
  • Parys is a bird-watchers paradise with more than 250 different bird species in and around the area. Your chance of a spotting a fish eagle here is very good!
  • Soar over the beautiful Parys landscape in a hot air balloon and consequently experience the peace and tranquillity of a bird in flight.
  • You can get guided tours of the area and the Dome.
  • Don't forget to visit the Dog and Fig Craft Brewery just outside Parys. www.dogandfigbrewery.com

To get the most out of Parys, take a guided tour from the Parys Information Centre at 30 Water Street (corner of Buiten), call 056 811 4000 or visit www.infoparys.co.za.