What could be more unusual than staying in a chalet perched on a cliff in the middle of one of the oldest meteorite impact craters in the world? We had come to the Vredefort Dome just outside Parys to get away from the city, and this was perfect. We sipped our sundowners on the balcony of our self-catering chalet, Eagle’s Nest, and watched the cliffs turn the colours of the sunset as a lone eagle drifted by. Albie de Villiers, who manages this resort and is passionate about the place, took us on a walk past old gold mines, interesting plants and butterflies, and a cave scattered with Stone Age tools. We had everything we could wish for a comfortable bed with a view to die for, a well-equipped kitchen and complete privacy and silence. There is yellowfish flyfishing or canoeing down the Vaal River but, even better, some time to sit back in the silence and get away from it all.