Cango Caves, Oudtshoorn

The Cango Caves are one of South Africa’s most beautiful hidden treasures. Just 17km outside of the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, the caves are one of the Garden Routes most exciting, oldest and beautiful tourist attractions.

The Cango Caves are a series of dripstone caverns that open into vast halls of towering stalagmite formations with names like “the Bridal Couple”, “Glass Flower Fantasy”, “Weird Cango Candle” and “the Hanging Shawl”. Here you will find some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world set in Precambrian (4500 million years ago) Limestone.

Together the chambers and tunnels of the Cango Caves extend over 4km, placing them among the largest caves in the world. Your experienced, knowledgeable, English-speaking guide will take you to the main chambers and the front parts of the cave during your visit, and you can even opt to go into the narrower and in-depth part of the caves on a more adventurous tour.

 

Highlights

  • Visit one of the oldest tourist attractions in South Africa

  • Be more adventurous and go into the narrower and in-depth parts of the Cango Caves

  • Admire some of the biggest stalagmite formations in the world set in Precambrian Limestone

Zoe
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After my first safari at 12 years old, I haven’t stopped going back to Africa, and love South Africa for its incredible cities, world class food and wine, and of course the wildlife. My favourite memory is tracking elephants through the bush in Phinda Game Reserve. Despite their size, they’re so good at hiding!