Tswaing Crater Trail
ElevationAscent: 377' 115 m
Descent: -377' -115 m
High: 3,800' 1,158 m
Low: 3,505' 1,068 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“An easy trail with spectacular views of a meteor impact site.”— South African Hiker
Once you reach plaque 7, the heading changes northbound. Stay left at the intersection; passing plaque 10, you'll make the first easy ascent on the trail that takes you over a hill with a gentle descent. A second easy ascent follows shortly thereafter with another gentle descent. Reaching plaque 12, the trail heading turns southbound before starting a challenging descent, passing plaque 12, to the crater floor.
Once at the crater floor, the trail passes along the southwestern perimeter of the lake, where you'll meet up with the old ox-wagon road. Passing plaque 17, another ascent will begin until you reach the intersection with the trail at plaque 7. Following the trail with a southwest heading from the intersection (left) will take you past the ruins of the salt factory. The trail then rejoins the 4x4 track a short run from plaque 20 that will lead you back to picnic area from which you started.
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Land Manager: Ditsong Museums Of South Africa
Dec 24, 2019: Japanese Tachi