The Venterskroon Valley showcases venues, activities and images of the beautiful UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site.
When visiting the Vredefort Dome a trip down the scenic Venterskroon road is a must. The small hamlet of Venterskroon was once a bustling tent town with thousands of miners in search of gold. General De Wet also passed along this route as he successfully eluded the British forces during the second Anglo Boer War. Fertile soils, mountain retreats and the mighty Vaal river made this an ideal area to settle in and the numerous stone walled kraals bear testimony to the indigenous population that once occupied the area before succumbing to Mzilikazi marauding Impi’s. Overhang shelters and stone tools are evidence that Bushman once stayed in this area. On the Free State side of the Vaal River, there are etchings of animals carved by Bushman onto rocks indicating that hippo’s lived in these waters and rhino and other wild game roamed the valley.
There are around 25 accommodation venues ranging from camping to luxury chalets, and self-catering to full board. Hiking and white water rafting are very popular activities as is birding, fly-fishing and going on a guided tour to discover the rich geological, natural and cultural history of this unique UNESCO natural world heritage site.