25 July 2015 by Stuart Dickinson

Join the South African geocaching craze

It’s a global treasure hunt open to anyone with a smart phone, and South Africa’s stunning natural landscape provides the perfect backdrop.

A geocache lies near the abandoned Macassar Pavillion in Cape Town. Image courtesy of mallix

Geocaching has become a worldwide hit in recent years, a game where "geocachers" use GPS coordinates and a set of clues to find hidden containers holding personal trinkets, often tucked away near popular landmarks.   

According to Geocaching SA, as of April 2015 there were over 11 000 geocaches hidden around the country, and more than 2 000 registered geocaching teams.

Beyond the thrill of the hunt and the satisfaction of tracking down each geocache, taking part allows you to explore South Africa’s beloved attractions, as well as some of her better-kept secrets.  

Check out the video below for a brief explanation on how geocaching works, or click here for more details.

Now that you’ve got a good grasp of how it works, get out there and start hunting. Here are some popular geocaches centred around South African attractions.

Robben Island, Cape Town

Pioneer’s Museum, Gauteng

The Lowveld Chestnut, Mpumalanga

Groenkloof Nature Reserve, Pretoria

St Blaize Trail, Mossel Bay

Jasmyn’s Secret, Hartbeespoort

Mosamane Hiking Trail, Free State

Janap's Takeaway, Cape Town

<p>The contents of a geocache found in Cape Town. Image courtesy of <a href=

The contents of a geocache found in Cape Town. Image courtesy of mallix

When you’re out exploring, keep the geocacher’s creed in mind, for your safety and out of respect for others.

When placing or seeking geocaches, I will:

  • Not endanger myself or others
  • Observe all laws and rules of the area
  • Respect property rights and seek permission where appropriate
  • Avoid causing disruptions or public alarm
  • Minimise my and others' impact on the environment
  • Be considerate of others
  • Protect the integrity of the game pieces

Welcome to the geocaching community!

<p>The Lowveld region provides a spectacular backdrop for geocaching. Image courtesy of <a href=

The Lowveld region provides a spectacular backdrop for geocaching. Image courtesy of billandkent

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