Visit The Kalkkop Crater

Sight Seeing in or near Graaff Reinet, Karoo Heartland in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Things To Do in Graaff ReinetVisit The Kalkkop Crater

Sight Seeing Karoo Heartland

Where? Near Kendrew and Graaff Reinet, Karoo Heartland, Eastern Cape.

When? Daylight hours.

How much? Free

Overnight? Stay at accommodation in Graaff Reinet, in Eastern Cape

Visit the crater that was created when a 20 meter wide meteorite crashed into earth over 250,000 years ago. Close to Kendrew, roughly 50 kilometers from Graaff Reinet you will find this historic site.

This is the third known crater in South Africa and is situated on private farmlands which can be accessed easily via dirt roads. The meteor left a crater that was about 90 meters deep and 640 meters wide. After some time a shallow pool of salty water was created at the bottom, during evaporation, a limestone layer was all that was left.

Once again the pool was created and again a deposit of lime left behind. After many years of this, the crater filled up with limestone and as the Karoo region grew drier, erosion occurred, leaving just the rim of the crater visible today.

This historical site is an extremely fascinating place to visit with scientific value.

Why not overnight? Find Accommodation in Graaff Reinet

Garden Cottage

Self Catering

Garden Cottage

The Garden Cottage can be found on a quiet street in Graaff Reinet just a street away from the shops, museums and ... more

Aan die Oewer Guesthouse

Guest House / Self Catering

Aan die Oewer Guesthouse

Aan-die-Oewer offers both B&B (full English breakfast available) and self-catering options with all the essentials ... more

The Townhouse

Self Catering

The Townhouse

The Townhouse is located on a peaceful street in Graaff Reinet just a short distance away from the restaurants, shops and ... more


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