This underground wonderland was stumbled upon in 1923 by the owner of the farm called Klipfonteinhoek when he was searching for a source of water. Great was his surprise when he realised that some of his cattle had already mysteriously disappeared into the cave.
After exploring the cave it was soon realised that this dark underworld carried with it the most beautiful gems of nature.
After the completion of the Abel Erasmus Pass and the Strijdom Tunnel in 1959 the cave was opened as a tourist attraction. Later the cave was declared a National Monument..
The name Echo was given to the cave, as a certain stalactite formation produces a distinctive echoing sound when tapped on. This echo can still be heard on the outside of the cave today.
The cave consists of impressive stalactites and stalagmite formations which can be viewed comfortably from walkways with electric lights, railings and staircases that have been installed for your safety and convenience. The spectacular limestone and dripstone structures inside these natural caverns make for interesting imaginary figures which can be seen in chambers throughout the cave as it winds through the mountain.
Most recent discoveries include the Madonna and Crystal Palace chambers. The most strenuous walk is to the Crystal Palace which is also one of the most beautiful halls in the cave, but is definitely worth the extra effort.
Guided Tours are available every day of the year from 08h30 till 16h00, and will keep you entertained for approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Tours are suitable for young and old.
For more information:
Echo Caves Reception
Tel: (013) 23800 15
Fax: (013) 23800 72,
PO. Box 34, Ohrigstad, 1122
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