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Echo Caves

Address: Northern region of the Drakensberg Range | 15 km West of the Strydom Tunnel, 1122, South Africa
Phone Number: (013) 23800 15
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Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
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Type: Caverns & caves, Nature & Parks
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Thornbury, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I recently visited the Echo Caves with a toddler and two seniors. We all enjoyed our visit. The caves are a bit of a distance from the main road. The road to the caves are a combination of dirt, mud and pot holes. The area around the cave entrance is a surprisingly beautiful gardens with many unique plants/trees. The caves... More 

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London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

These are an impressive series of caves, despite the maintenance concerns. A good professional guide could have made this excellent but my "volunteer" guide was disinterested, barely had enough fitness to do the tour without losing breath and rushed us through to the end to collect her tip. While it's not compulsory, I felt guilt tripped into handing over for... More 

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Top Contributor
174 reviews 174 reviews
99 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The last stop on our trip along the Blyde River Canyon, we first visited these caves in the late 80’s and were sad to see the state of decline to this site. The buildings, grounds, but worst of all the caves themselves. These were once a pristine cave system, with a colourful history of the local tribal wars. But no... More 

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Polokwane, South Africa
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I was so dissapointed with this place. I have been to all the caves in South-Africa now and this was one of the worst by far. Do some maintanance.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Caves interesting but there is a general state of neglect and damage to the formations. Guide friendly and upbeat. Although they 'require' a tip exceeding the entrance fees. We wanted to have some lunch but the restaurant was so run down that we rather didn't. Rest of the ground also suffering from neglect.

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Fish Hoek, South Africa
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Good visit, interesting and doable for small children, aged as young as 4. Guide required a tip, as other reviewers mentioned. It is a bit of a rip off as the suggested tip is more than the entrance fee. The story that they survive on donations is false.

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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

The first things our guide told us was that she was a volunteer, so she lived on our donations. The only things she told us about the chambers were that they were named after an animal that they saw in the rocks. Then we went on to the other chamber. There was a jewel chamber, but the entrance was very... More 

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Cape Town
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221 reviews 221 reviews
149 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was one of the sites to visit on our tour of the low veld. The story of the Sepedi tribe using this cave as a hideout from the Swazi tribe was totally enthralling and kept the entire visit interesting. The cave was divided into various living quarters from kitchen to grave yard. The cave got its name from two... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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91 reviews 91 reviews
51 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Loved every minute of these caves! So different to other cave structures! At one point the flat solid rock above and below you just over meter high would make most claustraphobic (i am usually) but i was just in awe of this amazing place If i had to choose my favourite this would be it...till mexico

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Hamburg, Germany
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Spectacular caves and a must see on your trip. Not suitable for elderly and people in white clothing. Good knowledgeable guide.

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