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 Setswana and refers to a saline lake that covers the crater floor. From 1912 to 1950, an industry producing soda ash and salt operated 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 a lookout point
  • Trail into the depths of the crater and observe the crater lake along the old ox-wagon trail
  • Hiking trail of 7.2 km, with a variety of ecosystems
  • More than 200 recorded bird species for bird watchers

Per hour R550 per photographer (Other)
Per hour R2000 for filming
Per hour R250 per student photographer (Student with Student card, matriculants)  
Per hour R500 per photographer in training (under the supervision of a professional photographer)
Daily package minimum of R16 000

Clients are advised not to leave valuables or electronic equipment unattended on the property, as the Museum cannot be held responsible for the loss thereof.

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Free Parking Available for All Visitors

Prices for Adults, Children and Pensioners

Admission Fees

  • Adults
    • Own Tour
  • R 40
  • Children
    • Own Tour
  • R 25
  • Pensioners
    • Guided Tour
  • R 25
  • Learners
    • Learner
  • R 30
  • Educators
    • Free entry for educator/ group of 30 learners
  • R 30
  • International Tourist
    • Adult
  • R 80
  • International Tourist
    • Child
  • R 40
  • Special Guided Tours
    • Person
  • R 50
  • Special Guided Tours
    • Person, Includes Bird Walk and light refreshments
  • R 150
    • Adult
  • R 40
    • Child
  • R 25
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