TSWAING METEORITE CRATER
A metreorite impact some 220 000 years ago
formed a huge crater, 1,4 km in diameter and
200 m deep.
This Crater is 40 km northwest of Pretoria,
one of the best-preserved meteorite impact craters
anywhere in the world.
TSWAING means Place of Salt in Setswana,
referring to a saline lake that covers
Besides the crater, ia an extensive
with a large variety of plant species,
typical of the Sourish-Mixed Bushveld;
wildlife, includes the
240-odd species of birds found in this area.
The drive takes you past a series of intersting
landmarks and housing of vatious levels.
Withing the area, the Tswaing project has
invited community participation in its
planning and development.
Local communities have already been
benefiting from the museum project through
job creation, skills training,
environmental education, income-generating
projects and tourism
( I hope SUSTAINABLE TOURISM ....K).
A Tswaing travelogue is coming ;-)))
Hrtebeespoort Dam:- this was a concrete wall dam buklt to supply the Brits area's farmers - tobacco adn citrus;but instead we now have Citrus, Flower bulbs, thanks to the green fingered Dutch immigrants == and of course recreation.
=== nowadays to get a cootage on the Kosmos side of the waal is only for the Money wealthy, compared to the past when it was artists and nature lovers, - is it the age of aquarius or the Baby Bommers getting ..... ? ? ?
see >> http://www.hartbeespoortdam.com/
Take a walk in one of Brooklyn's old streets when the jacaranda is at its full blossom. The jacarandas in Brooklyn are all very ancient... and you will find yourself in a tunnel of purple. When the breeze comes, purple rain will start to fall before you realize what really is happening. My favourite moment!
Voortrekker Monument: It is a magnificent building. The reliefs on the wall sourrounding it portrays some of the stories of the Voortrekkers.
The monument is built so that every year, on December 16 (the anniversary of the battle at the Blood River, which is also my birthday!) at 12 noon the sunlight will fall onto the Shrine of Honour in the Heroes' Hall. There is inscription saying 'Ons vir jou, Zuid Afrika!' (We for you, South Africa!).
Blue Crane Wildlife Sanctuary and Restaurant. Located in the Waterkloof/Brookline section of Pretoria, this is a small nature preserve in the middle of a residential neighborhood. The Blue Crane restaurant overlooks a small lake, where many native birds, including South Africa's national bird, the Blue Crane, make themselves at home.
Cullinan diamond mine - the biggest diamond mine that is still operational with a larger mine than the Big Hole in Kimberley (half an hour by car) - see www.mintek.ac.za/pubs/geobook/Premier.mine.htm for photo
Tswaing Crater, about 40 km north-northwest of Pretoria, is one of the world's most easily accessible and best-preserved meteorite impact craters - see www.mintek.ac.za/pubs/geobook/Tswaing.htm for more info and photo
Coin World - Coin World is the retail outlet and museum at the SA Mint - see
for more info (half an hour by car) - ladies if gold jewellery is your thing, this is the place to go!!
The highveld is actually a nice part of the country for sunsets. Funnily enough but the air pollution from Johannesburg actually adds to the good colours you get with sunsets up here.
FARM INN IS A GREAT PLACE JUST OUTSIDE PRETORIA , TO GET CLOSE TO NATURE GOT A COUPLE OF LIONS, CHEETA`S GREAT CONFERENCE FACILITIES. MY BROTHER GOT MARRIED THERE GREAT ATMOSPHERE.
Tri to get on a 4x4 trail for a day or more, lots of trails and clubs around Pretoria.