The Happy Challenge - Cango Caves, Western Cape

The Happy Challenge - Cango Caves, Western Cape

Published: 14. June 2019
By: Eric

The Cango Caves houses some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world set in Precambrian (a time about 4500 million years ago) in limestone. A series of dripstone caverns that open into vast halls of towering stalagmite formations with names like ‘the bridal couple’, ‘glass flower fantasy’, ‘weird cango candle’ and ‘the hanging shawl’ can be found. Common myth has it that the Caves were first explored by a local farmer named Jacobus van Zyl (after who the first chamber, van Zyl's Hall, was named). The caves are South Africa's oldest tourist attraction....

The location?

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How to get there?

Follow the R62 from Robertson in an earterly direction. The trip is approximately 292km / 3 hours, 30 minutes.

Things to do?

Choose the Adventure Tour at the caves which is a proper introduction to caving. The tour takes approximately 1 and a half hours and involves leopard crawling, squeezing through tight openings while knee deep in water. Sounds like fun right?! (Do not do this if you're claustrophobic!)

Best place for your photo?

We dare you to take a photo in the Rainbow Chamber without your jaw dropping open. It really is a breathtaking sight : )

Eric is the CFO of Happy Campers South Africa. He believes South Africa is the best country in the World. Although he likes to crunch the numbers, he has a passion for South African wine, sport & travel.

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