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Offline McSpafter

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Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« on: March 30, 2009, 07:18:06 am »
We organised a couple of okes wiff nice bikes to go to the Tswaing Crater (Soutpan) on Saturday 28 March 2009.

7 Bikes in total made to trip, which turned out to be a fantastic morning. We had perfect weather and  lekka roads!
The bikes were:
Suzuki DRZ400 (vilaishima)
Caponord x3 (one was mine)
Honda Transalp
Kawasaki KLE500
BMW G650X

We met at 7:00 at the BP on the corner of Atterbury and Charles were we had a coffee before we headed out to the north of Pretoria.
The crater is located about 40km north of Pretoria and takes you past Shoshanguve.
The entrance fee for the crater area is R15.00 per person. The roads around the crater is all dirt road, and the first section has got some very loose sand....
 

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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2009, 07:28:44 am »
We first stopped at the lookout point where we stopped for a chat and took some pics, before we headed down into the crater.

Most of the guys were new to "offroading" and the downhill road proved to be very tricky... but everyone managed very well.
 

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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2009, 07:31:17 am »
We stopped for a breakfast down in the crater (everyone packed their own snacks).
The mozzies down in the crater was unbelievable... thousands of the little f....ers.
 

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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2009, 07:36:05 am »
The road out of the crater was much easier than I anticipated, but yet again proved to be much fun.

The trip did not take all day, but we all enjoyed it thoroughly!

I would definately suggest this for anyone wishing to get out of Gauteng for a day into some offroading.

The dirt road around the crater is not very long and not too tricky. The road down into the crater is not that bad, but I would suggest that you take some experienced riders with.

Thanks to everyone that made the trip with us.

Till next time.

McS
 

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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2009, 08:07:24 am »
Nice place that - as long as another meteorite does not come whizzing in.

What is their policy in letting bikes down into the crater ?  - they have been quite fussy about not letting vehicles into the crater in the past.

Amazing how conditions change - pic taken in July 2007.

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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2009, 08:19:41 am »
It was an awesome ride. My SM handled it superbly.Short little dirt trip but absolutely awesome.

I don't think they had a problem with us being down there as they did not know we went down.
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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2009, 08:22:13 am »
Funny enough a couple of people has asked this question...

I know that the Africa Twin club had a trip down into the crater in January this year and they mentioned nothing about not being able to go down. Furthermore, there were no indication that you are not allowed down into the crater.
The security at the main gate did not mention anything to us when we entered and when we paid our R15 entrance fees.

As far as I know, no problems.

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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2009, 08:23:35 am »
any chance of GPS co ords to the gate ?  Looks like a cool ride
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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2009, 08:28:22 am »
I do not have the GPS Coordinates, but here is a route that was doen by another Wild Dog member some time ago... it is a route from Harties area that take you to the crater. Have not done this route myself, but would like to do it some time.

A friend of mine did take his GPS with, will ask if he took the coordinates and will post it.

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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2009, 08:29:12 am »
cool, thanks
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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2009, 09:01:34 am »
Spot the BMW rider in the 3rd photo - like my colleage's said: you can spot them from a mile away  :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2009, 09:18:35 am »
Nice!

Do you have the route?
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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #12 on: March 30, 2009, 10:22:45 am »
We first stopped at the lookout point where we stopped for a chat and took some pics, before we headed down into the crater.

Most of the guys were new to "offroading" and the downhill road proved to be very tricky... but everyone managed very well.

We sadly missed the Zebra herd that normally grazes just to the south of the crater in the vlei, and also did not run into the 'snotgladde' turf - with Gauteng not having had any rain for the past week.  Lekker McSpaf!
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Re: Tswaing Crater 28 March 09
« Reply #13 on: March 30, 2009, 10:18:53 pm »
 8) Google Earthed from memory of where the gate is:

2524'46.52"S
28 5'56.50"E
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