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The Tswaing Meteor Crater

Soshanguve 0152, South Africa
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A great trip out of town!

We thoroughly enjoyed the walk to and around the crater. What a beautiful and interesting outing... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Corina A
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Tswaing meteorite crater

Located roughly 50 km is the spectacular tswaing meterorite crater. This landmark has remained... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
Zubair P
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Tswaing, meaning Place of Salt in Setswana, is a 2000-hectare heritage site, some 40 km north-west of Central Pretoria, surrounded by settlements inhabited by more than a million people, such as Winterveld, Soshanguve, Mabopane and Nuwe Eersterus. It falls within the Gauteng Province, borders on North-West Province and is part of the City of Tshwane. The main features of Tswaing are a 220 000-year old meteorite impact crater (100 m deep and 1,3 km across), a wetland (marsh) area, a variety of ecosystems and the remains of a factory that produced soda ash and salt. In geological terms, the Tswaing Crater represents one of the youngest and best-preserved small bowl-shaped meteorite impact craters in the world. It used to be known as the Pretoria Saltpan. Tswaing is a sensitive and unique conservation area for the careful and sustainable management of its multiple cultural and natural heritage resources in the disciplines of geology, the environmental sciences, biology and human history. Strong emphasis is placed on the protection and use of the area’s natural and cultural heritage for research, environmental education, recreation and community empowerment. This is achieved in close consultation with local communities, scientists, conservation agencies, private sector business and national, provincial and metropolitan government institutions. Tswaing is also know for its diverse bird species and is a popular birding area.
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Soshanguve 0152, South Africa
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the walk to and around the crater. What a beautiful and interesting outing. Staff were very friendly and we felt very safe with the guard escorting is along the way. Information is given along the way on plaques. The walk is about...More

1  Thank Corina A
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Located roughly 50 km is the spectacular tswaing meterorite crater. This landmark has remained under the radar for both locals and international tourists alike. I would highly recommend anybody who wishes to leave the concrete jungle for some fresh air to venture out to this...More

1  Thank Zubair P
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

I walked this trail after having done so a number of years ago. It remains a stunning heritage site. The facilities were in good condition. I'd read about some security concerns so was not sure what to expect. Was told at the visitors' check in...More

2  Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 18 March 2018

We visited the Tswaing Meteor Crater. The check in was pretty efficient with a registration at the gate and payment of fees at the reception. We were provided a brochure and map and given basic direction to the crater. As it was hot we opted...More

1  Thank SuzJim2014
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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

The Tswaing Crater was formed about 220 000 years ago when a meteorite slammed into the earth. There is a hiking trail that takes you right into the middle of the crater. The crater is about 40km from Pretoria. It was very hot when we...More

1  Thank Des1963
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

Very nice trail, easy with children aslo if you take the car to the parking nearby.. For those concerned by the safety, there are guards and we felt very safe.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

The potholes and roads are really not that bad getting here, it's all tarmac roads until you're in the reserve. They have seemingly tightened up security, with a guard coming along with us for our walk around the crater. Our guard was great: he seemed...More

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Reviewed 24 September 2017

After phoning and having been told that security is sorted, my girl and I went - alone! Reception and staff where very friendly and helpful. Information about exploring the crater, either driving or walking was given. We decided that walking is the only way to...More

Thank AHidler
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

My wife and I have been visiting the crater once or twice a year for very many years (I think it cost around R3 per person in those early years (now R40!)). So it was with some incredulity that we were asked by the guard...More

1  Thank Richard C
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

We went for a hike in at the Tswaing Meteorite Crater. We were attacked and if it wasn't for a tourist car passing by a few seconds after the two thugs started their attack it probably would have been very serious. Their intent was to...More

3  Thank Albert J
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happynatcon
16 January 2018|
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Response from Tswaing | Property representative |
Afternoon unfortunately not our building was burnt down a while back and we were not able to get funds to rebuild up to recently. however there is a guide who is very good with environmental education. we also offer a lesson... More
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phatlanebb
17 March 2017|
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Response from Tswaing | Property representative |
Good day there is a 7.2 km hike into the crater, starting at the picnic area. for those less fit one can drive up to the view point and walk into the crater from the view point or admire the view. we have a large diversity... More
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George P
4 June 2016|
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Response from NorseRaider | Reviewed this property |
There are proper toilet blocks (inc with showers) at the braai and picnic area. There are no other facilities on the trail itself.
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