Friday July 15th
- Arrive at Tswaing Crater reception any time from 14:00 (S25 24.941 E28 05.979)
- Pay the minimal fees directly to the reception staff (Details below) and get all the permits.
- Drive to the overnight accommodation called KGOTLA. Please bring own bedding (sleeping bags) (S25 25.150 E28 05.471)
- Fires will be made, so please bring along some braai wood for a Meet and Greet Braai ( GC6KJQP)! Please bring own food and drinks as well as cutlery as nothing will be provided.
- Bedtime - This will happen some time that night!!
Saturday July 16th
Sunday July 17th
- Arise and shine!!
- Breakfast - Please bring own breakfast. There is a fridge and kitchen facilities available.
- Starting at 09:00, we will go on the 7.2km hike around the crater. This is NOT compulsory!! This year we will again include a CITO event, Tswaing Crater Cito ( GC6KK2J) during the walk. This will take you about 3+ hours. Search for all the caches in the area. This time the group will be devided in four smaller groups to prevent over crowding at the caches.
- Saturday afternoon will be busy again with the 3rd Annual Tswaing Potato Cannon Challenge 2016 ( GC6G6XN)
- Saturday evening will host the first ever Tswaing Crater Sundowner ( GC6KN72) at the crater viewpoint. Please bring your own drinks and gasses and join us at the Viewpoint for a relaxing time watching the sun go down.
- The braai fires will be lit once we return from the Sundowner event. Please bring own food and drinks as well as cutlery as nothing will be provided. Please aso provide own firewood as the wood provided will be used for a bomb fire during the night.
- Arise and shine!!
- Join us for a Tswaing Wetlands Walk
) which is also a CITO, to close off the activities at Tswaing for 2016. This will take about 3+ hours to complete. There will also be some new caches placed along this trail. The group will be devided in four smaller groups to prevent over crowding at the caches if it is required.
- Brunch can be prepared afterwards and depart on your own time.
- For those who are unable to attend the sleepover and are willing to drive through any time over the weekend to join us, PLEASE do so! I would like to make this event accessible to everyone.
- You do not have to sleep over to claim the event and normal access fees will apply!
- This event can be logged any day of the weekend.
Tswaing Crater now have it's own Wherigo cache!! This was made possible by RickZA who developed the cache and he send me a note to ask everyone to download the cartridge from the following link:
- Admission R20.00 for adults and R10.00 per child.
- Accommodation at Kgotla: Adults R50.00 and children under twelve R30.00.
- Camping R30.00 per adult and R20.00 per child under twelve. Bring own tent and bedding.
- Driving permit per vehicle R40.00. This is if you want to drive most of the way around the crater. Some roads are closed to public. Maps will be provided.
Accommodation is available in 4 large huts sleeping 16 people each in bunk beds. There are 64 beds available so PLEASE send me your details to book a bunk as soon as possible. This will work on a first to come basis. Tents can also be pitched around the huts and will be charged at R10.00 per person. A lapa area is available for cooking and cleaning. a Fridge is available to store cold goods. Warm water and showers are available in the ablution buildings.
What is TSWAING?
Tswaing, meaning Place of Salt in Setswana, is a 2000-hectare heritage site, some 40 km north-west of Central Pretoria, surrounded by settlements inhabited by more than a million people, such as Winterveld, Soshanguve, Mabopane and Nuwe Eersterus. It falls within the Gauteng Province, borders on North-West Province and is part of the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality.
The main features of Tswaing are a 220 000-year old meteorite impact crater (100 m deep and 1,3 km across), a wetland (marsh) area, a variety of ecosystems and the remains of a factory that produced soda ash and salt.
In geological terms, the Tswaing Crater represents one of the youngest and best-preserved small bowl-shaped meteorite impact craters in the world. It used to be known as the Pretoria Saltpan.
Tswaing is a sensitive and unique conservation area for the careful and sustainable management of its multiple cultural and natural heritage resources in the disciplines of geology, the environmental sciences, biology and human history. Strong emphasis is placed on the protection and use of the area’s natural and cultural heritage for research, environmental education, recreation and community empowerment. This is achieved in close consultation with local communities, scientists, conservation agencies, private sector business and national, provincial and metropolitan government institutions.
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