Caves, Garden Route, Karoo

Cango Caves

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We visited the Cango Caves when I was a girl of about 10 years-old, I can still remember it as if it was yesterday.  It left such an impression.  Now, 30 years later, I went with my own family. The Cango Caves is absolutely breathtaking. I can describe our tour with the friendliest, most knowledgeable Cave Guide as a spectacular experience.

Africa’s Largeste Caves

The Cango Caves are Africa’s largest show caves and one of the Seven Wonders of Southern Africa. It is situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains approximately 29 kilometres from Oudtshoorn, South Africa.

The principal cave is one of the country’s finest, best known, and most popular tourist caves and attracts many visitors from overseas. Although the extensive system of tunnels and chambers go on for over 4 kilometres, only about a quarter of this is open to visitors, who may proceed into the cave only in groups supervised by a guide.

Caverns, Halls and Formations

You will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations in the Cango Caves. The main chambers in the Cango Caves is called Cango 1 and is a showcase of dripstone formations.  Van Zyl’s hall which is named after its discoverer is huge and and absolutely gorgeous.

How was the Cango Caves formed?

The Cango Caves which is located in a limestone belt of about 1,5km wide and almost 16km long, were formed during the last 20 million years by rainwater seeping through fissures in the limestone.

Tour Information

Cango Caves is the only show cave in Africa which offers a choice of Heritage (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 options may be available (please check language availability when making reservations).