Did you know?
Spelunking is a term used for caving in many parts of the world.
Caving is becoming a very popular team-building activity and the caves in Oudtshoorn are the perfect venue for such an exercise. A scenic road trip takes you to this part of the Western Cape, where adventures in the dark await those who are brave enough.
TBI Adventures, based in Oudtshoorn, offer a variety of adventure and team-building packages, including team adventure caving.
Groups of between two and 10 people can be accommodated per session. The caving experience will last between two and three hours, depending on the ability of those in the group.
'The caves that we take people into are on private land and are not open to the public,' explains Johan Uys of TBI Adventures. 'That, of course, makes it all the more special. These are limestone caves similar to the Cango Caves, but much smaller and with fantastic, delicate formations that are untouched and unspoiled.'
'This is real caving with helmets, overalls and headlamps,' he adds, 'and it involves a lot of crawling through narrow spaces and sometimes through a bit of water as well. Cavers will see stalactites, stalagmites and the rare helictites. This is real adventure stuff and a trip with memories that will last a long time.'
If you wish to extend your time with TBI Adventures, you can add quad biking and abseiling to your itinerary. The abseiling option offers adventurers up to three descents down a 40m cliff face, while there are two different routes to choose from for those who wish to try out the 160cc quad bikes.
The famous Cango Caves are also located near Oudtshoorn. Here you can experience a more sedate cave tour.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)83 625 5848
How to get here
The nearest airport to Oudtshoorn is in George, less than a hour's drive. From Cape Town, Oudtshoorn is a 430km drive (approximately five hours) along the N1.
Best time to visit
Caving is unaffected by weather, so any time of the year is good. TBI Adventures operate daily, only closing on Christmas Day.
Around the area
While in Oudtshoorn, stop off at the Cango Caves for a less adventurous caving experience.
Tours to do
Ostrich farm tours are popular in Oudtshoorn. You can ride the world's largest bird too, if you dare!
What will it cost
A team adventure caving experience with TBI Adventures costs approximately R350 per person.
What to pack
All caving equipment is supplied by TBI adventures. All you need bring is some sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots (with good gripping soles) and a sense of adventure.
Where to stay
While Oudtshoorn has a number of conventional hotels, those looking for something a little different should consider the luxurious rural accommodation offered by Mooiplaas Guest House and Stonebreaker Country Lodge just outside Oudtshoorn.
What to eat
Ostrich is a speciality in Oudtshoorn, and most restaurants in town serve it one guise or another.