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.
- 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
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
Free Parking Available for All Visitors
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