20 June 2012 by Ems Tsotetsi

A world of wonder

Take an abseil down into the depths of the Wonder Cave and discover the beauty that is on offer.

Inside the Wonder Cave

Several weeks ago, I got the chance to visit the Wonder Cave. Situated just an hour from Johannesburg, the cave is located inside the Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve in the Cradle of Humankind.

There I was, in my small car battling the road, anticipation slowly growing ahead of the abseil.

I met a guide and 2 ladies from Outside Adventures, who would assist with the abseiling part of the tour. I was nervous and excited at the same time – it was my 1st time visiting the caves and I had no idea what the depths of this part of the Earth held for me.


										Getting ready to abseil

We made our way down the 88 steps and got ready to fling ourselves over the edge on a thin rope. 

Abseiling into the caves reveals all the interesting forms and shapes that the rock has carved itself into over thousands of years. I forgot about my fear of heights and my anxiety fell away. The views surrounding me were incredible!

As the guide showed us around, I couldn’t believe that beneath the surface lay such beauty; I couldn’t help but wonder: What else is there still to discover in this country?

The stalactites and stalagmites have taken on interesting forms: some look like chandeliers; others like curtains hung up around the inside of the cave. One interesting formation resembled the Virgin Mary, and honestly, I was in awe when I saw it.

I couldn’t believe that beneath the surface lay such beauty; I couldn’t help but wonder: What else is there still to discover in this country?

The Wonder Cave is the 3rd largest in South Africa and is about 125m long, 45m wide and 60m deep. The cave is thought to be millions of years old and was discovered by miners in the late 19th century when they were mining limestone to make cement.

Anyone from the age of 12 can abseil into the Wonder Cave – and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or an experienced abseiler.

This is the perfect adventure for individuals, tour groups, friends and families.

For more information, see visit the Outside Adventures website.

Category: Adventure


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