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TThe Echo Caves, Limpopo, offer a great journey of discovery, not only of the beautiful dripstones inside the caves, but also of the historical significance of this national monument.
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.
IIf 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.
Travel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)13 238 0015/72
Ohrigstad Tourism Association
Tel: +27 (0)13 238 8100
How to get there
The Echo Caves are 26km north of Ohrigstad, which is off the R36 on route to Hoedspruit. The caves are also close to the turnoff to the scenic R532 also known as the Panorama Route.
Things to do
Ohrigstad Dam Nature Reserve, Blyde River Canyon, Drakensberg Mountains, Panorama Route, Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve are also in close proximity to this destination. There are numerous hiking trails in the area as this is part of the northern Drakensberg.
What to pack
Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Bring a jacket as temperatures can drop in the caves.
Where to stay
Accommodation for up to 140 people is available at the caves. See their website for more information.
What to eat
There are restaurants at nearby Ohrigstad or else bring a picnic basket. The accommodation is self-catering.