The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Echo Caves

Afrikaans name: Eggogrotte

Echo Caves in Mpumalanga

Echo Caves

Photo © Johan van Zyl


The Echo Caves are described as an "underground wonderland" on their official website and it is not hard to see why. They are about 40 km long and short tours are available for a short portion of it.

The caves were "discovered" by a farmer in 1923 when some of his cattle entered the caves looking for water. In reality the Pedi people had used them as shelter in the 1800's. The caves have some hollow stalactites which give off noises that echo through the caves when struck. The Pedi used to make use of this as a warning system in times of danger.

There are guided tours that are run through portion of the caves. Lighting, steps and railings have been installed to help make the caves accessible to as many people as possible. Visitors will see chambers and caverns, with names such as "Crystal Palace" and "Madonna Chamber", as well as stalagmites and stalactites and other limestone structures.

The caves are located 26 km north of Ohrigstad

Echo Caves

Above - Steps leading down into the caves

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Echo Caves reception

Above - Echo Caves reception

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 36

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 127

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 62

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 250

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 182

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2018 - Page: 138

Country Life - Issue 250 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 32

Conollys Guide to Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Denis Conolly - Published: 1982 - Page: 321


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