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Echo Caves, Ohrigstad, Mpumalanga

The magnificent natural wonder of the echo caves in MpumalangaIn the year 1923 when the owner of the Klipfonteinhoek farm, just outside of Ohrigstad in Mpumalanga, was searching for a water source, he noticed that a number of his cattle had mysteriously disappeared underground.

Upon looking further, he discovered the caves. The caves are some of the oldest in the world and stretch some 40km into the earth. In fact, the end of the cave system has not been found to this day, and for the more adventurous, expeditions are taken into the caves to attempt to find their end-point.

For the tourist who simply wants to witness the natural spectacles inside the caves, there are short tours that take visitors to some of the underground chambers that are more than 60m in height. You will also learn that the caves got their name from their stalactites, which produce an echoing sound when drummed upon that can even be heard outside of the cave system.

The caves were opened as a tourist attraction upon the completion of the Abel Erasmus Pass in 1959 and have since been declared a National Monument. Bookings and info

Getting there: from Gauteng, take the N4 going towards Nelspruit. At Belfast, take the R540 going to Lydenburg. Here, continue on the R36 to Ohrigstad. Continue through Ohrigstad and through the settlement of Draasloot. Shortly after this you will see a turn-off to your left going to the caves.

More info on the town of Ohrigstad More info on the Panorama Route area