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Tau Tona Mine, South Africa

From series “The Most Inaccessible Spots of the Planet”
Some difficult-to-reach places, whose formation was influenced by humans, can be found deep under the earth. Recently, the Tau Tona Mine, located in the Johannesburg area, became the world-famous landmark. This is the largest mine on earth. The ability to reach the mine is not only due to its great depth. One of the distinctive peculiarities of deep mines is very high temperature.

Tourists may only visit the upper parts of the mine. The descent to the lower levels without special equipment is life-threatening. The shafts of the Goldmine reach the depth of 5 000 meters. From the African dialect, Tau Tona is translated as 'the Great Lion'. A very unusual cooling system was developed for the exploitation of the mine.

On the surface was built an industrial complex that produces ice. The ice is drained through the special pipelines into the depth of the mine, which allows the temperature in the deepest mine parts to reduce to 28 degrees Celsius. Without this measure, the temperature forms more than 40 degrees, which together with the high humidity makes working conditions unbearable. Every day thousands of workers enter the Tau Tona Mine. The journey to the workplace of some workers takes about an hour. Working in the deep pit is very dangerous. According to statistics, an average of 5 people per year are killed in the mine. Next - Naica Crystal Cave

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Tau Tona Mine - interactive map

Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'African Bank' located in 1.78 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Europcar - Potchefstroom' is located in 45 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Engen - Zenex Carletonville' in 5.26 km
Supermarket: 'Fruit & Veg - Carletonville' in 7.18 km
Parking: 'Fountain Street Parking' in 48 km
Apotheek: 'S Buys Pharmacy - Western Deep Level' in 5.05 km
Police station: 'Saps - Wedela' in 6.6 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Feathers Sport Club' in 2.2 km
Railway station: 'Fochville' in 15 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Lanseria Airport HLA - in 72 km
 »  Grand Central Airport QRA - in 85 km
 »  OR Tambo Airport JNB - in 86 km
 »  Waterkloof Airport WKF - in 102 km
 »  Wonderboom Airport PRY - in 115 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Tau Tona Mine

Royal de Swan Guesthouse

Located in 31 km from Tau Tona Mine
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Rooms: 8
Each air-conditioned room has a patio with a view of the garden. It has a small kitchenette including a microwave, stove and fridge and comes … More: photo, rates and booking
Mount Grace Country House & Spa

Located in 49 km from Tau Tona Mine
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Rooms: 121
Free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen satellite TV are in Mount Grace's air-conditioned rooms. Carpeted floors, wooden furniture, and colourful pillows are … More: photo, rates and booking
Rabbit Hole Guest House

Located in 50 km from Tau Tona Mine
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Rooms: 17
A buffet breakfast is served daily in the traditionally decorated dining room using local produce. Rabbit Hole Guest House has Braai/BBQ facilities … More: photo, rates and booking
Little Eden Guest Lodge

Located in 54 km from Tau Tona Mine
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Rooms: 19

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