Dome by Water

The Vaal in the Vredefort Dome winds its way through a rocky landscape that offers both whitewater rafting and flat-water canoeing. You are accompanied by expert Dome guides who explain the features.


Drift the Dome… relax, sit back and let the oarsman row you downriver. This one-day trail is done on inflatables. You can paddle your own or jump aboard an oarboat. Suitable for:  Adventurous sightseers. Accommodation is in bush camp or guest house.

Go to Dome One-Day Paddle ‘n Float


Canoe the Dome… a gorgeous scenic route through the mountainous first ring of the world’s biggest meteorite crater. This overnight trail is done by canoe/kayak, either singles or doubles, and you paddle yourself all the way. Suitable for: Reasonably fit, energetic types. Overnight accommodation is either camping or DB&B.

Go to Dome Overnight Canoe


Summer only… raft the rapids on wilder stretches of the Vaal River in the Dome

In summer when the river is full of energy we go whitewater rafting on famous rapids like Gatsien, Knucklecrusher and Discovery. Suitable for: Adrenalin junkies including families. Stay over or come for the day.

Go to Vaal Whitewater Briefing


Learn about the cataclysm that formed the Dome and its surrounding crater. Prof Graeme Addison and his wife Karen are both registered Dome Tour Guides. They have lived in and researched the area for nearly a quarter of a century. More about the guides…

See and learn about the world’s biggest meteorite crater from the river. The Vaal is the only major river on earth that flows right through an impact crater.

Named after the small town of Vredefort, which lies close to Ground Zero, the Dome is surrounded by mountains through which the river cuts its way.
On the overnight trips we either camp as a group or stay in DB&B lodges.


From mild to wild, the Vaal in the magnificent impact crater satisfies your sense of adventure. You don’t have to be a hero (come canoeing), but can be if you like! (Come whitewater rafting).

Each option requires a minimum of 6 bookings. If you are fewer, we may find others, just get hold of us to discuss.

Pick the camping option or book for DB&B overnight. We do not mix the parties, it’s one or the other!

Whitewater rafting is summer only when the river is pumping. Other trips are year-round.

A full briefing about what to wear and bring is sent on booking.

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Paddle yourself or go double. No significant rapids, just riffles and marvellous Dome Bergland scenery. All year round.

Dome Float

Go with the flow as a guide rows you downriver. Relax, chat and learn about the Dome from experts. All year round.

Dome Whitewater

Grab your paddle  for a wild ride! Both guided rafts and 2-seater crocs available (water level permitting). Summer only.

More about the Dome on our main Vredefort Dome site.

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