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Cango Caves: the Adventure Tour

[ 2 ] August 24, 2011 | Alison Adey

Looking for an adventure in South Africa? The Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn are sure to get the adrenaline pumping.

The underground maze, which was first discovered by local farmer Jacobus van Zyl, is a fascinating combination of limestone masterpieces, hanging crystal gardens and claustrophobic tunnels.

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Pictures: Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

One minute you’re wandering through vast chambers taking snaps of towering stalactites; the next you’re squeezing through a hole in the wall just 30cm high.

Types of tour

There’s only one way to see the Cango Caves – and that’s with the Adventure Tour. This takes around 90 minutes to complete and starts at the same point as the Standard Tour but goes deeper into the caves.

You’ll crawl through The Tunnel of Love (a low passageway some 74cm high), climb slippery ladders, squeeze into The Coffin and even experience the notorious Devil’s Chimney, a steep shaft about 45 centimetres wide which leads upwards for 3.5 metres!

Prices: Adults: 90ZAR (£7.70); children: 55ZAR (£4.70).

TOP TIP If you are at all claustrophobic then do the Standard Tour. It can get very humid in the some of the chambers and some guests have complained of shortness of breath,

Looking for more adrenaline-pumping adventures in South Africa? Why not go cage diving with Great Whites or get up close and personal to lions and elephants on safari?

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Category: Adventure, Africa, Fun stuff!, Oudtshoorn, South Africa

About Alison Adey: I was previously Channel Editor for IPC's Homes network (;; and but I bid them a fond farewell in December 2010 to embark on this trip. I also worked for as a features writer for two years. View author profile.

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