The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Venterskroon town

Afrikaans name: Venterskroon

Information centre and museum

Venterskroon information centre and museum were originally the Magistrates Office and Police Station

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Venterskroon is one of four towns located in what is known as the "Vredefort Dome". This is the crater left by what is believed to have been the biggest ever meteor to hit the earth 2 billion years ago.

The Vredefort Dome is a World Heritage Site, and the Vredefort Dome Information Centre is located in Venterskroon.

Venterskroon was originally a mining town. Gold was discovered in the area in 1880 and people flocked to the area. Mining ceased in 1937 and most people left.

Some of the original buildings from the early 1900's are still standing.

There is some accommodation in and around Venterskroon. It is a great place to stay and go for walks in the surrounding countryside or to just relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.


Above - Venterskroon's small museum and information centre

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Have you been to Venterskroon? What's it like?

Mine Captains house

Above - The old Mine Captains house

Photo © Johan van Zyl

The old jail

Above - The old jail

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Read more on the Unesco World Heritage site


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