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Tswaing Crater and Museum

off of Old Soutpan Rd/M35 012-790-2302 entrance: R15; guided tour: 3 hrs, R80

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Tswaing Crater and Museum is one of the more recent and better preserved meteorite impact sites in the world. The 200 m deep, 1.4 km wide crater was formed roughly 220,000 years ago when a meteorite estimated to be 30-50 m wide, traveling about 100,000 km/hr vaporized on impact. There are over 7 km of hiking trails surrounding the crater which you can walk right into. Explore on your own or take a guided tour (3 hrs, R80).

To get there take the N1 north to the N4 heading west toward Rustenburg. Drive 19 km to the R80 on which you head north toward Soshanguve. After about 18 km turn right toward M35 Soutpan, then 1 km to the T-junction at which you turn left/north on M35. Continue 18 km north past Soshanguve settlements to the signed turnoff to the Tswaing Crater.

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