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Cango Caves

Afrikaans name: Kangogrotte

The amazing Cango Caves

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Western Cape

The spectacular Cango Caves are situated 29 km from Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape. They are South Africa's oldest tourist attraction.

The caves are situated in a ridge of limestone. There are vast halls with interesting names such as Van Zyk's Hall, Rainbow Chamber, Bridal Chamber and Fairyland Chamber.

Two types of guided tour are on offer. These are the easier Heritage Tour and the more challenging Adventure Tour. Booking is essential for these tours due to the popularity of the caves.

Although the Cango Caves were 'discovered' in 1780 it is now understood that they have been accessed by man since the early Stone Age.

Cango Caves

Above - inside the caves

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Cango Caves display

Above - A display of earlier human habitation inside the caves

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Approaching Cango Caves

Above - Approaching the Cango Caves

Photo © Johan van Zyl


References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 115

Getaway - Vol 27 No 09 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 18

Hit the Road - 2nd Edition - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2018 - Page: 87

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 75

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 303

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 113

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southern Africa - 2nd edi - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 217

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 60

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 135

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 47

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