South Africa's Oldest Tourist Attraction
The Cango Caves are South Africa’s oldest tourist attraction with legislation passed in 1820 prohibiting damage to the caves after visitors broke off pieces of the stalactites and wrote their names on the walls. Today the Cango Caves are on the top 10 list of popular tourist attractions in South Africa.
The caves and passages were formed in the thick underground limestone layer and have spectacular formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The length of the whole cave structure is 775 m long.
The extent of the caves has not yet been fully mapped but it is estimated to be close to 5 km long. There are secret chambers and passages but only one of the large chambers, Cango 1, is open to the public.
Archaeological findings show that the caves were occupied by men as far back as the middle and later stone age periods.
Much damage was done to the caves in the 1800 when they became famous but legislation was passed to prohibit the removal of anything from the caves and defacing of any of the structures.The appointment of the first full time guide in 1891 facilitated the protection of this South African Heritage site. The beauty of the caves is world famous and many tourists come from far and wide to visit them.
The Cango Caves is open to the public seven days a week except on Christmas Day.
It is essential to book either tour in advance.
Please consult their website under Contact Details.
Please note there is no ATM or petrol station at the Cango Caves.
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