Located about forty km northwest of Pretoria, Tswaing is a 1946 hectare conservation spot that is residence to a meteorite impact crater and bordering wetland, as nicely as the continues to be of an old salt factory. Tswaing, which suggests “place of salt” in Setswana, is the web site in which a meteorite 50 percent a football subject in sizing slammed into the Earth 220 000 decades back, forming a crater 1.4 km in diameter and 200m deep. This crater, previously acknowledged as the Pretoria Saltpan (or Soutpan), is just one of about a hundred and seventy impact craters in the entire world and just one of four acknowledged impact craters in South Africa. It is just one of the invariable tourist attractions in South Africa.
The Tswaing Crater is surrounded by dense bush. Tswaing Lake, is 100m in diameter in the centre of the crater, and is crammed by rainwater and a spring. The lake after contained higher concentrations of salt and soda ash that were being mined for forty four decades until finally 1956. The continues to be of the factory nevertheless stand in close proximity to the lake.Just east of the crater is the Soutpanspruit, which feeds a scarce wetland process that is residence to game, a substantial selection of fowl species, scaled-down mammals these as otters, genets, brown hyenas, civets and steenbok, reptiles and frogs.
If you happen to be looking for an uncommon and exciting expertise, then Tswaing Crater marks a definite ‘X’ on the Gauteng map. Website visitors to the crater can abide by the seven.two km Tswaing Crater Trail, just one of three trails that lead to and from the crater rim. Different locations of interest are nicely marked along the path. Observe that it can get really hot listed here throughout the summer months, so if you strategy to abide by the path take along a great deal of water with you.