Did you know?
The Echo Caves were "discovered" by a farmer in search of water, who realised that his cattle had already found their way into the caves to quench their thirsts.
The Echo Caves, Limpopo, lie 26km from Ohrigstad, a small town tucked away on the Tzaneen/Lydenburg Road in Limpopo.
Only by visiting will you be able to appreciate why these caves, some of the oldest limestone caves in the world, are today a national monument and a tourist attraction.
The caves were first discovered on the farm Klipfonteinhoek back in 1923 by the local farmer who stumbled upon them while searching for his cattle. Although the caves may stretch for over 40km, nobody knows their full extent.
There are two tours of 45 minutes and 75 minutes respectively which will give you a glimpse of this underground wonderland.
On the longer tour you will explore the some 2km cave network open to the public from well-lit walkways showcasing the beautiful dripstone formations. You will also visit the beautiful Crystal Palace and Madonna Room and find out how the caves came by their name as there is a large stalactite that, when struck, makes a sound that resonates even beyond the cave walls.
The caves have further historical significance in that prehistoric items and artefacts dating back to the Stone Age that have been found here. These are now housed inside the nearby Museum of Man which is also worth a visit.
If you stay in one of the rustic rondavels on the farm you can also hike in the surrounding mountains which are part of the northern Drakensberg range and home to rare birds like the elusive blue swallow.