Modern Times in the Vredefort Dome

© David Fleminger

Fertile Soils

In the two billion years since the traumatic Vredefort impact, the environment had slowly recovered and all was now well in the Dome. New rocks continued to form, covering the crater structure in the south east.

Erosion irrevocably wore down the jumbled rocks to form fertile soils. The Vaal River cut its way through the granite uplift, flowing in a westerly direction towards the sea. All in all, it was a lovely place with good water, lots of plant life and abundant game.

By David Fleminger

The Boer Pimpernel of Vredefort

Master of the Dome was a remarkably resilient boer commander called Christiaan de Wet. He was a constant thorn in the side of the British but managed to avoid capture time and again....more

The New Settlers in Vredefort

Things were pretty peaceful on the Highveld of South Africa for most of the 1700s. Then, in the 1800s, two new groups of settlers arrived and turned everything upside down....more

Vredefort During the Iron Age

The iron age was brought to southern Africa by the Bantu, who arrived from the north. These migrants brought with them new technologies, such as metal work...more

Vredefort During the Stone Age

Our species’ direct involvement with the Dome can only be traced back to the Later Stone Age (between 25 000 and 2000 years ago). The evidence for this habitation is quite sparse...more

Vredefort in the 20th Century

After the 2nd Anglo-Boer War ended, the economy of the Vredefort region was devastated. Many farmers returned to blackened fields and hundreds of white farm workers (Bywoners) were destitute....more