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The Tswaing Meteor Crater

Soshanguve 0152, South Africa
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The potholes and roads are really not that bad getting here, it's all tarmac roads until you're in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bristol, United Kingdom

After phoning and having been told that security is sorted, my girl and I went - alone! Reception... read more

Reviewed 24 September 2017
Pretoria, South Africa
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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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank janeff189
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
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
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
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

My mother and father of 58 and 62 respectively were viciously attacked by two men while on a Sunday hike after church. The 2 men charged them out of nowhere and immediately started swinging with a massive metal blade. Fortunately my father was able to...More

1  Thank Dylan J
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

What an interesting hike! We were 12 adults enjoying this moderate hiking trail that was clearly marked. Security guards were seen everywhere. I've seen reviews of people that were robbed at knivepoint. But security was taken seriously and I think the best is to hike...More

Thank Lynette V
Reviewed 20 August 2016

I read about security concerns on Tripadvisor and can confirm there was nothing to be alarmed about today. The nature reserve has organized guards throughout the route; 2 guards at the gate, a friendly receptionist at the gate, a guard at the starting point watching...More

1  Thank vryman
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

I'm glad to say that the staff are taking security much more seriously. We always do the hike with a guide - it's just far more interesting. But phone ahead to book one. Crime is a reality so close to Soshanguve, but security people shadowed...More

Thank James F
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

What a great day we had. Friendly staff and a good hike👍🏻Just look out for thorns large enough to go through running shoes. No mosquitos like one reviewer made a big thing about. I'm sure in summer it might be a problem, but not this...More

Thank KKtjie
Reviewed 9 August 2016

I am sad to say that this place which I believe has significant tourism and education potential has been neglected to the point where even visitors are no longer safe. My family with three small children was robbed a very short distance from the parking...More

Thank Francois L
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16 January 2018|
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
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
George P
4 June 2016|
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.