Come and visit South Africa’s oldest tourist attraction (The Cango Caves). The caves have been open to the public since 1891 and offered the visitor a guided tour by South Africa’s first appointed tour guide.
The caves are situated 29km’s North of Oudtshoorn in a limestone ridge parallel to the Swartberg Mountains. A tour of the caves will reveal some of the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.
These formations have been formed over millions of years by rainwater that has seeped through cracks in the rocks. As it passed through organic material, has picked up carbon dioxide gas, creating carbonic acid. This weak acid passed through cracks in dolomite. The mineral calcite was dissolved from the limestone that the cave is formed from. When this water that held the dissolved rock was exposed to the air in the cave, it released the carbon dioxide gas, much like when a bottle of soda is opened. As the carbon dioxide was released, calcite was precipitated (re-deposited) on cave walls, ceilings and floors. Depending on the speed at which the rainwater has flown and the shape of the cracks in the rocks. This has given rise to the many spectacular formations to be found at Cango.
Cango Caves is the only show cave in Africa which offers a choice of Standard (easy) or Adventure Tours. All tours are lead by experienced, knowledgeable and accredited Caves Guides. All tours are offered in English but Afrikaans, German, French and other language guide may be available. The standard tour operates 09:00 - 16:00 departing every hour on the hour. Price Adults: R R52.00 / Children: R 28.00 Duration: 60 min. The adventure tour operates 09:30 - 15:30 departing every hour on the half hour. Price Adults: R 66.00 / Children: R 43.00 Duration: 90 min or longer depending on the size of the group. Please note that if you opt for the adventure tour you can upgrade the cache terrain rating to a 4 star.
To qualify for finding this cache please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) me the following information.
1). A photo of your group / yourself displaying a GPS taken in front of the (Welcome to Cango Caves) sign (Near the Listed co-ordinates).
2). The name of the person who eligibly rediscovered the caves in 1780 and whom the first camber is named after.
3). The name of the first guide appointed in 1891 and who was responsible for discovering most of the significant areas of the cave. Including the route through to Cango 2 and on.
4). Briefly describe the differences between a stalactite and a stalagmite and how each is formed.
5) In the first chamber you’ll find the longest formation found in the cave. What type of formation is this and what is it’s name.
6) At the end of the Standard tour and start of the adventure tour you’ll come across the drum room. What makes the crystals in the African drum formation give off the unique sound of the African drum.
Listen carefully to your tour guide and you should be able to gain all the knowledge to answer the above questions. If you’re not sure on some of the answers, info can be found within the building before leaving.