The Cango Caves
The Cango Caves
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Though damaged through shortsighted tourism schemes in the 1960s, these caves are still worth a visit for their eerie dark tunnels and stunning limestone formations.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Dorothée B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing thanks to Zano
    We loved visiting the caves and doing the adventure visit! The caves are simply beautiful! Zano (or sweetheart) was an amazing guide and we had a wonderful time. Zano is in love with what he does and does it exceedingly well and with passion. We recommend this tour to anyone who loves adventure! Mr & Mrs Belgium
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Janine C
    Geraldton, Australia309 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    We did the adventure tour which was 1,5 hours and great value for money. We were a little worried about our size and whilst there were some tight sections our guide was terrific in guiding us. We only had 6 of us in the group. The guide was knowledgeable, patient and considerate and the tour was exciting. I think I would have found the 1 hour tour quite tame.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Sofia E
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cango caves
    Amazing experience!! Totally worth it. Our tour guide was Zano (also known as sweet heart). He was very friendly, funny and knowledgeable. We really enjoyed our time with him!!! We did the advanced tour - I would recommend this for adventurous people! If you are claustrophobic, maybe best to do the basic tour!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 28, 2023
  • Axel R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice adventure
    We highly recommend the 90 minutes adventure tour. There are some nice climbs and narrow passages. Some basic fitness is required. The tour guide Zano explained everything clear and with a nice sense of humor. He took care of everybody's well being. A great experience.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 7, 2023
  • H F
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ever been crawling through a cave?
    Mega experience on the Garden Route, not for claustrophobics. The adventure route is so beautiful and scary at the same time that it is an absolute highlight for me from my South Africa vacation and I would never want to do it again. Especially the last two obstacles can be scary if you keep in mind that you are in a cave. Nevertheless, absolutely worth seeing, awesome experience! The cave itself is beautifully developed and the 1.5h stay seemed like less. Part of our group was a 71 year old man, so you should not be deterred. In the cave itself it is quite warm, short clothing and sturdy shoes were accordingly a must.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 26, 2023
  • the_globetrotters
    Norwich, United Kingdom358 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience
    The caves were amazing and the guide we had was hilarious and interacted with the tour really well. He got everyone involved and the facts he presented in a very easy to understand way and knew his stuff on how they were formed and a mind field of knowledge. The caves are something to behold and truly amazing the pictures do not do them justice
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 26, 2023
  • FranzReinisch7441
    Burgenland, Austria267 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Avoid larger chattering groups
    Even the short 60 min. "pensioneers trail" is worth a visit. With larger groups going into the cave, try to take the "not native language" group. If you are within a loud chattering german pensioneers group, it's kind of "not funny". Nature itself is spectacular and different to the wet and low caves in other parts of the world. Bring your camera with high ISO numbers, so you can take pictures avoiding flash-lights.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Alibalio
    London, United Kingdom81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular...
    The caves are spectacular and the tour has some lovely lighting effects. I really enjoyed it and you get lots of time in there even thought they move you on by switching off lights to stop the photos. You can always stay a little longer afterwards if you needed but I felt it was enough. Also good restaurant and gift shop.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 12, 2023
  • Paul H
    Cornwall, United Kingdom77 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An hour well spent
    The caves were spectacular. Lighting was used to good effect. Our guide was informative and had some very funny stories. An hour well spent. Best to get there early though. At 10am ours was a small group but when we came out at 11am the coach park was full.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 18, 2023
  • annewoolcott
    Godalming, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning cave formations and great fun
    We did the adventure tour with Zano and had a great time- would definitely recommend it if you’re slim, reasonably fit and don’t mind a bit of scrambling and crawling. Wear trainers and gym- type clothing that you can move easily in and don’t mind getting a bit dirty as there were a couple of places where you needed to sit down to slide down a rock; don’t take any bags in with you as they’ll get in your way when scrambling (a camera is fine). The cave formations were stunning and we had time to take pictures and enjoy the spectacular beauty of the caves. Zano was a great guide- fun and knowledgeable whilst ensuring that everyone in our group of 8 was safe. We would definitely do this again!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 21, 2023
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Natasha D
Cape Town Central, South Africa259 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was a nice visit. I do agree with another reviewer who mentioned about the singing, but for foreigners it seemed to hit the spot. The heritage tour takes about an hour, and the tours leave every hour, so plan accordingly.

There is no rigorous climbing, although you need to be able to walk a bit, think it will probably be about 1km you walk, and there are a number of stairs. When you get to the last chamber, it is very hot and a little claustrophobic, and I think our guide kept us in there a little too long, especially considering there is not much to see in that chamber. Also, with other tours coming directly behind you, it can feel a little rushed.

That said, it is worth the visit to see the stalactites and stalagmites, and hear about the Khoisan history.
Written January 9, 2020
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Cathy E
Worthing, UK34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
There are 2 tours the adventure tour and guided tour. The adventure tour involves squeezing through tiny gaps so we took the guided tours. I have visited many limestone caves but I think these were impressive with the size of the formations and huge caverns. There are few steps up and down as you would expect but the paths inside had been paved. Yes there was some damage from this and early visitors but that doesn’t detract from the impressive stalactites/mites and columns. They were the largest I have seen and beautifully lit when illuminated. The only downside was the size of the tour group which was about 70. We were divided into two groups but what with people talking loudly in different languages and crying babies it was hard to hear the tour guide. There is ample parking with a parking attendant who will look after your car for a small tip, also a cafe and gift shop
Written February 13, 2020
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Alan T
Leeds, UK154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We did the standard tour through the caves, and they're quite spectacular to see. Our tour guide was very good, though he sang a lot which I personally wasn't keen on, but most people enjoyed it I think.

We explored 7 different areas, though one area had been closed due to previous tourists damaging it which was a bit disappointing.

We had a quick bite to eat in the restaurant afterwards. The food was average but the service was quite poor so I'd maybe try somewhere else to eat.

Good fun exploring the caves though.
Written January 5, 2020
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BackPacker800547
Bilston, UK1,564 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples

Cango caves sit at the end of about 25km of road from oudtshoorn, and we aimed for the on the hour show walk.  We were actually in time for the adventure trip instead so went for it with no real knowledge of what it is.

We went through initial show caves then it all got quite tight.  There were some very low roof parts and some twisty bits, all a little slippy under foot.  The final chimney is a real struggle of you have any width to your shoulders

The guide was excellent and the adventure trip lets you see more than the simpler show tour

Written February 8, 2020
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Pete-n-Suzie
Surrey336 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Expecting just some wide holes in the ground we were pleasantly surprised by the way these caves are presented. The lighting is brilliant and our guide gave us a superb rendition of Ave Maria in the massive cavern where concerts have been held. In this cavern are some spectacular stalagmites and stalactites only to be outdone by cavern number 2, breathtaking. The trip takes 40 minutes and the temperature is unusually warm for a cave 20 C (68F). Recommended.
Written March 23, 2020
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JonMcGowan
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
If your tour guides name is Eddie , wait for the next tour guide . He insisted on singing TWICE , and not very well either , we went to see the caves , NOT to hear some guide bellow songs hoping a record producer was in our group wanting to sign him up . Unbearable . And his tour was boring , no passion for anything but himself . Sorry to say . Cango caves need to review and retrain there tour guides . Remind them the tour is about the caves !
Written March 12, 2020
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Janet J
England, UK53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited while staying nearby we took the 1hr heritage tour at R150 each. There is also an adventure tour which lasts 90 mins but is not for the faint hearted. The areas we were taken to were stunning and our guide mixed interesting facts about the history of the caves with some humour too, very good.
Written January 13, 2020
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BrianBBriighton
Brighton and Hove, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The tour guide was outstanding, maintaining a constant sharing of the history of the caves and expert descriptions of their geology and formation. Lighting displays had been very well done, beautifully highlighting the stunning formations of stalagmites, stalactites and pillars in addition to some particularly unique ones. There is plenty of free parking, disabled facilities and gift shop, etc.
Written February 12, 2020
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Ktstone
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
Was worried about going into the caves as there are small spaces to crawl through when you view their page but you dont have to do those parts of the caves. The first 4 chambers are exceptional and easily accessible. Our guide was a lady and demonstrated the acoustics of the caves with an exquisite rendition of the Requiem before 1000 am. Stunning. She gave great information all of the way through and then treated us to the national anthem while drumming on the caves wall. Stunning. She made what was awesome already into something very special. Well worth a visit.
Written March 19, 2020
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PKH624
Dudley, UK1,530 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went as an activity booked before leaving the UK and it proved to be an excellent choice. The caves have as good a display of stalactites and stalagmites as I have ever seen, well illuminated at appropriate moments to fully show their beauty. No display such as this is ever done full justice without a good guide. Alfred was brilliant, having just the right balance of information, stories, and good humour. Be prepared for a rendition of the song celebrating South Africa’s Rugby World Cup victory in the one cavern with amazing acoustics. Recommended unreservedly
Written February 10, 2020
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