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Exploring The Cango Caves in South Africa

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The Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn (pronounced Oats-horn), South Africa, are far and away some of the most impressive cave systems open for touring. Not that I’m a cave connoisseur, but I’ve definitely been in a cave or two (or ten).

Cave entrance

Cave entrance

View from outside cave entrance

View from outside cave entrance

The cave system, which resides in the Klein Karoo Precambrian limestone ridge in the Swartberg range foothills, is best accessed via Oudtshoorn, a mere 29 kilometers south of the entrance.

Organ pipes

Organ pipes

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There are various types of tours available. According to their website, they are the only show cave – in all of Africa – that offers both standard (easy) tours (R75/USD8/EUR6) and adventure tours (R95/USD10/EUR8). We went on the standard tour (due to timing and our schedule. I actually wanted to try the adventure tour).

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The standard tour lasts about an hour and brings you through massive halls and chambers, up and down stairs, and through small passageways to explore stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and other unique cave formations.

The people in the bottom right corner give a bit of perspective, demonstrating the vastness of the caves.

The people in the bottom right corner give a bit of perspective, demonstrating the vastness of the caves.

In this shot, you see how dark it is when the lights aren't illuminating, the only lights being the floor lights.

In this shot, you see how dark it is when the lights aren’t illuminating, the only lights being the floor lights.

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The Cango Caves have a Dracula-like feel to them. I guess it could be the connection of vampire bats to bat caves. Then again, it also had a gothic castle feeling, on such a grand scale, a la Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania (inspirational home of Bram Stoker’s Count D).

Chandler

Chandler

It looked like the walls and ceilings were melting. Very creepy.

It looked like the walls and ceilings were melting. Very creepy.

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Is it worth the 30 to 45 minute drive from Oudtshoorn to see the Cango Caves? Definitely. As I mentioned in my last post, Oudtshoorn is a great detour off the Garden Route, filled with many interesting and fun activities, like ostrich riding, cheetah petting, and caving.

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What are some of your favorite caves? Let me hear from you in the comments section!

Thanks for reading!

♥ Lindsay

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8 Responses to Exploring The Cango Caves in South Africa

  1. thehappyhugger May 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM #

    These caves are quite amazing, I have been there twice 🙂 Love your pics.

  2. Alison May 20, 2013 at 7:31 AM #

    Some great photos! And a great subject. Jenolan caves, NSW, Australia also amazing. Take your breath away.

    • The Traveluster May 21, 2013 at 8:22 AM #

      Thanks, Alison! And now I add Jenolan caves to my list!

  3. Michelle JR May 23, 2013 at 9:04 AM #

    These look great – I think the best caves I’ve been to are in Nerja, Spain. Do you know them?

    • Alison May 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM #

      Oh yes – I’ve been to them too – really fabulous!
      Did you go to Alhambra? Now there’s a place worth visiting. Lindsay if you haven’t been there put it on your bucket list. Also the town of Nerja – really sweet.

      • The Traveluster May 23, 2013 at 11:31 AM #

        My my! I lived in Spain for 8 months and I didn’t even know about these caves in Nerja! Kicking myself! On my list now, though. Thanks, ladies!

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