Caving in South Africa

Whilst soaring majestic mountains attract thrill seeking climbers and nature loving hikers, the deep caves inside these mountains attract a different type of thrill seeker. Endless labyrinths of mystical caves keep would-be explorers and discoverers busy for hours on end.

Did you know? The Cango Caves are some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world set in Precambrian (a time about 4500 million years ago) limestone.

Enticing millions from all over the world to discover their hidden marvels, South African caving promises to be a breath-taking and mind blowing journey. South African caving adventures allow you to experience both careful navigating through tight spaces and exploration of huge caverns. The caves of Cape Town and the Western Cape have been explored for recreation since the late 1800s. It has been recorded that there are over a hundred caves on the Cape Peninsula. These range from small overhangs to deep cracks on Table Mountain some of which have more than 1km of underground passage.

There are numerous caving opportunities in the Cape Peninsula. Peers Cave is easily accessible and access to the cave is from Ou Kaapse Weg. Approximately ten minutes after leaving the car park and just before the end of the sandy track, take a fork to the left. The path narrows as it climbs up very rocky terrain and winds to the right, hugging the cliff just below the peak. You will pass Tunnel Cave before coming upon Peers Cave. This trip will take approximately half an hour.

Did you know? Not only are the Sudwala caves regarded as the oldest known caves in the world but the caves rest in Pre-cambrian dolomite rocks that are also amongst the second oldest known sedimentary rocks on Earth.

The Kalk Bay Caves penetrate the mountain and can be dangerous. It is recommended that anyone wishing to explore them should contact the CPSS, whose members are familiar with these caves and have appropriate equipment for exploring them.

Tartarus Cave is essentially a long passageway and series of chambers that penetrate 50m into the mountain. It is a dangerous cave to explore but it lures and tempts you in. If you insist on going without guidance, we caution you that you will find a large, slippery-edged pit at the end. If you’ve got an adventurous spirit and you’re keen to explore the dark depths of South African caves, you’re assured of magnificent views and a breath-taking journey.

South Africa’s beautiful Elgin Valley, is the western gateway to the Cape Overberg region on the south coast of South Africa. Cradled between the Groenland and Kogelberg mountains, Elgin Valley is exquisitely beautiful and promises unforgettable caving opportunities with incredible sights.

The Drakensberg mountain range is world renowned and exquisitely beautiful. Whilst you may have visited these mountains on many occasions, you have not truly experienced all they have to offer unless you have spent the night in one of the mysterious caves in these mountains. Enjoy a fun and unique time with friends and family camping in these caves. Cuddle by the warm fire and sip a warm cup of hot chocolate as you watch the snow gently falling outside.

Oudtshoorn offers you the awesome opportunity to travel through and explore the magical Cango Caves. Discover the wonders of these magnificent South African caves as an experienced guide reveals all their secrets. After an exhilarating walk, enjoy a well deserved lunch and a refreshing drink overlooking the magnificent Oudtshoorn escarpments.

South Africa offers fantastic opportunities to go caving. Discover South African truths and cultures as you explore these mystical but magical caves.

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