Soutpan Road ( M35), Soshanguve

Tswaing Meteorite Crater

Some 220 000 years ago a blazing stony meteorite the size of half a football field slammed into the earth’s crust. The impact formed a huge crater, 1.4 km in diameter and 200 m deep. This crater is one of the best-preserved meteorite impact craters in the world. The name Tswaing means Place of Salt in Setswane, and refers to a saline lake that covers the crater floor. From 1912 to 1950 an industry producing soda ash and salt was based at the crater.

Major attractions, besides the crater, are an extensive wetland system, the large variety of plant species of the Sourish-Mixed Bushveld, and 240 species of birds. From the start, the Tswaing project has invited community participation in its planning and development. Local communities have already benefited from the Museum project through job creation, skills training, environmental education, income-generating projects and tourism.

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Admission Fees


Prices for Adults, Learners and Senior Citizens

Adults
R25.00 p/p
Pensioners
R15.00 p/p
Learners
R10.00 p/p

Parking and security arrangements at Museum:
Ample parking is available at the picnic site in a secured area with a guard.
Disabled or elderly visitors may also drive to the lookout point to view the crater, which has a parking area and can accommodate busses

Physical Address:
Soutpan Rd (M35), Soshanguve

GPS Coordinates:
25° 24' 55.71″ S 28° 05' 58.97″ E

Contact Details:

Tel: +27 073 661 5014

Fax: +27 086 540 8751

E-mail: Tswaing@ditsong.org.za

Admission Daily:
Weekdays 07:30 – 16: 00
(Excluding Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year)

Products the Museum has to offer:

  • Full view of impact meteorite crater (1,13 km width and 100 m depth) from lookout point
  • Trail into depths of crater and observe crater lake along old ox-wagon trail
  • Hiking trail of 7.2 km, with a variety of ecosystems
  • More than 200 recorded bird species for bird watchers

Events:

  • Annual Heritage Day event involving local dance, song, cuisine
  • Annual careers week for older school learners and the public with a focus on heritage environment and tourism careers
  • Education programmes including map work
  • Guided tours that include indigenous knowledge of the local beliefs, plants and area as well as the history of Tswaing
  • Salt mine ruins
  • Site available for film and photo shoots
  • Overnight accommodation: Kgotla in traditional style huts situated around a lapa area (accommodates 64 people)
  • Well established picnic area with basic camping facilities

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