Vredefort Dome, approximately 120 km south-west of Johannesburg, is a representative part of a larger meteorite impact structure, or astrobleme. Dating back 2,023 million years, it is the oldest astrobleme yet found on Earth. With a radius of 190 km, it is also the largest and the most deeply eroded. Vredefort Dome bears witness to the world’s greatest known single energy release event, which had devastating global effects including, according to some scientists, major evolutionary changes. It provides critical evidence of the Earth’s geological history and is crucial to understanding of the evolution of the planet. Despite the importance of impact sites to the planet’s history, geological activity on the Earth’s surface has led to the disappearance of evidence from most of them, and Vredefort is the only example to provide a full geological profile of an astrobleme below the crater floor.
The Vredefort Dome and the town of Parys is a globally significant area that is extremely accessible; only one hours drive from Johannesburg; and boasts a range of offerings to suit the taste of every visitor. Parys is one of the towns in South Africa with the highest per capita investment number and has become one of the most exclusive areas for property investments. Parys is on the Free State side of the Vaal River and was named after the French capital by a German surveyor in 1870. Parys offers property and real estate investors a wide range of quality homes. These properties vary from large, rambling houses to smaller houses and apartments.