Caving Information

One of Swaziland's top adventure activitiesAdventure Caving Day Trip

These guided trips depart predominantly in the morning, however afternoon departures can be accommodated by advance arrangement. The Gobholo Cave, which is the site of this activity is situated at the top end of the Ezulwini Valley close to Mbabane.  The trip includes approximately 1.5 – 2hrs of hiking, and 1.5 – 2.5hrs of caving depending on pace and route choice. After arriving at the cave a safety and technique briefing is offered and thereafter participants are led by the guide through a circular route covering approximately 800m with approximately 200m of vertical ascent/descent.

This adventure activity is available 365 days a year, with trips only cancelled during heavy rainfall.

  • Meeting time at Swazi Trails: 08h30 (directions to meeting point)
  • Trip departure 09h00
  • Transfer to the Gobholo Forest 20min
  • Hike though forest to Gobholo Cave 40min-50min
  • Underground 1.5 -2.5 hours
  • Return hike 30-40min.
  • Return transfer 15min to Swazi Trails
  • Arrival back at Swazi Trails 13h00-13h30

Includes:

  • transport to and from the Swazi Trails office
  • equipment: helmet, cap lamp, fullpiece protective overall
  • Caving guide, safety equipment & first aid
  • drinking water
  • Energy snack:  chocolates
  • post-trip refreshments: bottled water, cooldrinks
  • photos (when available) via our online Flickr site and Facebook

 

Adventure Caving Evening Trip

The evening trip is generally the more popular of the two options, as it allows time for sightseeing during the day, before maximising the use of often limited time, by being a great way to fill the evening. It was listed in 2013 in Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate Adventures Publication at #125. Our destination, the Gobholo Cave Complex is found at the head of the Ezulwini Valley, just south of Mbabane.  The full trip includes approximately 1.5 – 2 of hiking, and 1.5 – 2.5hrs of caving and an hour or two (or more!) in the hotspring – its notoriously hard to get out!  On arrival at the cave entrance a detailed safety and technique briefing is provided. Participants are then guided through a circular route of approximately 800m with +/- 200m of ascent and descent. A feature of this trip, almost as famous as the cave, is the social soak in Ezulwini’s famous ‘Cuddle Puddle” hot spring afterwards, together with steaming hot pizza and cold beer.

This caving adventure is bookable throughout the year. Departures are only cancelled during heavy rainfall.

  • Meeting time at Swazi Trails: 16h15 (directions to meeting point)
  • Trip departure 16h30
  • Transfer to the Gobholo Forest 20min
  • Hike though forest to Gobholo Cave 40min-50min
  • Underground 1.5 -2.5 hours
  • Return hike 30min.
  • Transfer to hotspring in Ezulwini Valley 15min, collecting pizza dinner en route
  • Soak in hot spring, beers and pizza 1 – 2 hours
  • Arrival back at Swazi Trails 22h00-22h30

Includes:

  • transport to and from the Swazi Trails office
  • equipment: helmet, cap lamp, fullpiece protective overall
  • Caving guide, safety equipment & first aid
  • drinking water
  • Energy snack:  chocolates
  • Pizza dinner
  • post-trip refreshments: bottled water, cooldrinks & beers
  • photos (when available) via our online Flickr site and Facebook

 

See our Caving FAQ page for more info and answers to regular questions

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