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Cango Caves

Inside the Cango Caves

Cango Caves

This underground wonder world was discovered by a farmer in 1780 and has since become one of the most popular attractions in SA. The Cango Caves showcase a plethora of enchanting dripstones, including the Madonna and Child formation, which portrays Mary carrying her son, Jesus, in her arms.


You will find the caves approximately 30km outside Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo and they show be on every visitor’s to-do list! Once inside the caves, you will not only see the Madonna and Child, but many other formations, such as Cleopatra’s Needle which stands 9m tall, as well as the Leaning Tower of Pisa, which has been named after the well known tower in Italy.


Quick Facts:

  • Frequently described as one of the great Natural Wonders of The World.
  • The biggest show cave system in Africa.
  • Inhabited since the Early Stone Age.
  • It is South Africa's oldest tourist attraction.
  • The formations are unique: they would not have normally formed in this area and are a result of faulting.


For a bit of adventure, join the assault course at the end of the tunnel. You will have to climb a steep ladder as well as crawl through a narrow hole.


Available cave tours:


Standard Tour:

Duration: 60 minutes
Departure: every hour from 09:00 to 16:00
Route: Van Zyl & Botha Halls
Fitness Level: Easy
Restrictions: None

Price: Adults – R85, Children – R50


Adventure Tour:

Duration: 90 minutes
Departure: 09:30 / 11:30 / 13:30 / 15:30 

Route: Entire Cango 1
Fitness Level: Moderate
Restrictions: Not suitable for those suffering from claustrophobia or back ailments.

Price: Adults – R105, Children – R65


More information:

 +27 (0)44 272 7410


*Due to a recent increase in visitors, it is ESSENTIAL to book a tour in advance. 

Accommodation Near Cango Caves


Die Fonteine Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

9.2km South East of Cango Caves

Die Fonteine is a luxury guest house, situated in the heart of the Cango Valley near Oudtshoorn. The guest house offers stylishly decorated en-suite rooms with beautiful views of the Schoemanshoek Valley and the spectacular...

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Sleeps: 22 in 9 units/rooms

The Boulders Lodge & Spa

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

17.8km South of Cango Caves

The Boulders Lodge is fully air-conditioned, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a sparkling blue pool and Jacuzzi on the deck awaits visitors who are ready to restore peace to body and soul. Little extras such as a little special gift on...

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Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms

Best Little Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

21.4km South of Cango Caves

Best Little Guest House situated in South Africa's picturesque and historic town of Oudtshoorn, Klein Karoo. It has been especially designed to cater for the needs of travelers who can relax in a quiet, friendly and secure environment.

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Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms
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Olivanti Country Manor

Guest House Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

23.5km South East of Cango Caves

We invite you to come and experience the peace and serenity of this luxurious Guesthouse with 5 beautiful en-suite bedrooms posed against a backdrop of the majestic Swartberg Mountains in the heart of the Klein Karoo

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Sleeps: 28 in 6 units/rooms

Karoo View Cottages

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Prince Albert

25.8km North West of Cango Caves

Perched on a Koppie 400m off the main street of the village of Prince Albert you will find our luxurious Self-Catering Accommodation complete with all your 'home from home' comforts, Bed and Breakfast health provisions, fresh milk and...

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Sleeps: 16 in 2 units/rooms

Avondrust Farm Stay

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Klaarstroom

27.5km North East of Cango Caves

In the foothills of the mighty Swartberg mountains, on the banks of the the Groot River, Avondrust farm is a beautiful working farm offering you a memorable farm stay

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The Retreat at Groenfontein

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Calitzdorp District

42.9km South West of Cango Caves

The Retreat is an old Victorian farmhouse set in 560ha of the Groenfontein Valley Conservancy bordering on the 129.000ha Swartberg Nature Reserve. The house, with furnishings of yellow-wood and Oregon pine, has the lounge and dining room ........

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