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Swartkranz Cave

Swartkranz Cave offers you the opportunity to explore a 65m natural vertical fault between Dolomite and Granite in the Cradle of Humankind. This adventure includes abseiling and vertical climbing. It is suitable for anyone with a sense of adventure and a reasonable level of fitness. The complete experience lasts 3.5 hours.

Climbing out of Swartkranz Cave Person exploring Swartkranz Cave Person abseiling into Swartkranz Cave

Cave Information

Facts
  • Adventure caving.
  • Short abseil.
  • Climbing down a fault between the dolomite and granite for approximately 60/65m.
  • What goes down, comes back up the same way.
  • Minimum 6 people to arrange a dedicated excursion. Contact the office if you are fewer than 6.
Cave Location
  • Cave is on private property.
  • Parking available at cave opening.
  • There are no toilet facilities.
Duration
  • Approximately 3-4 hours.
Difficulties (if any)
  • Vertical climbing required. This is not a graded climb.
  • Reasonable fitness levels required.
Wet/dry trip
  • Dry excursion.
Safety precautions

The guide is equipped with:

  • A mini First Aid kit at his/her disposal that goes on the excursion.
  • Level 3 First Aid knowledge.
  • Radio access to a backup safety network.
  • The caving group is informed beforehand on what to do if an emergency situation arises.
Equipment provided
  • Safety helmet and torch per person.
  • All abseiling/belay requirements.
Clothing required
  • Old jeans/gardening-type clothing/overall.
  • Shoes with good tread.
  • A jacket in winter for while you're waiting to go in.
  • Wild Cave Adventures overalls are available for hire (optional).
Health problems
  • Please notify the office beforehand as to any health problems/injuries you may have and you can be advised accordingly.
  • Wild Cave Adventures retains the right to halt any of these excursions if the guide feels that the safety of the group is being compromised by the actions of an individual.
Please Note
  • If you or anyone around you becomes distressed or concerned at any time on the excursion, please notify the guide immediately who is trained to help.
  • It is important to eat properly before an excursion so that the body is running effectively - especially on the more challenging excursions.
Importance of Cave and Environmental Ethics
  • Please treat the cave and its surrounds with respect. We are the aliens in the cave!
  • Cigarette butts smouldering cause fire and death to the wildlife in the area.
  • No eating, drinking or smoking in the cave.
  • Many creatures make their homes in the caves entrances/exits. Please tread carefully, and you'll be surprised at what you'll get to see!
  • Please help to keep this piece our World Heritage area clean.