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Review of The Cango Caves

The Cango Caves
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Ranked #2 of 33 things to do in Oudtshoorn
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 19, 2013

This place is far more than I expected!

I though it would be just some chambers in the mountain and some beautiful stones for us to see, but this trip is more interesting than just that.

First of all, I like the lady guide a lot, sorry I forget the name again, but she described everything to us with her emotion in a very professional way. I think you all know majority of guides just say what they have to say about certain places to finish their work, but this guide made the journey to be a really adventure.

The inside is indeed beautiful, all kinds of different shapes and sizes, and it's also interesting to find out the story behind: the bushmen lived there for a long time and how a farmer accidentally found this place and how he exaggeratedly described it to the outside people. The highlight of the cave is that there are some extremely narrow, slippery, odd shaped tunnels for you to get through. You have to bend your knees, lay on your stomach or back, sit down, slide down, or just have to turn around to fit the channel. If you have claustrophobia, definitely this is not a good place for you to go. The driver told me an over-sized lady was stuck in the middle of the tunnel and it took 4 hours to get her out there.

It's not just a sight seeing, to know more about the nature, but indeed it's an adventure!

Thank Jimmy W
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Our family of 2A, 2C recently undertook the Heritage tour at the Cango caves which is the easier of the two tours (we two adults had done the difficult tour a few years previously but thought it would be too hard for our 10 and 8yo).

We joined the 1pm tour at the last minute, after most guests had already gone into the caves but had no problems catching them up as they headed to the first chamber which used to host concerts. The acoustics were demonstrated most ably by our guide's wonderful singing. The rock formations themselves are extremely impressive with some outstanding examples of stalactites and stalagmites. Lighting is used to show off the best formations to good effect. The walk through the caves is straightforward on this tour and the tour seemed to be over very quickly although it did take the full hour, according to our watches. Our guide was informative and able to answer all the questions throw at her.

There is an onsite cafe which has a reasonable selection of food and beverages, and service was good although not all of our first choices were available.

Thank Sandsy40
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

This was the 2nd time I went to the caves...last time over 10 years ago, so i had forgotten how great they are and so special.
Our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and had a great voice : she sang twice for us in the chambers so we could have a feeling for the great accoustic.

Thank Christine P
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

These caves are amazing and all the more so considering that they not man made. The tour guide will give huge amounts of detail which makes the experience all the better and you also have the option of the adventure tour where you get to climb through caves. This is a must do on the Garden Route.

Thank Martia_C
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Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

We visited the caves today and thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the informative tour!! This is definitely an experience you will only find in a few places worldwide - a must see if you are in this part of the world. If you are young adventurous and not claustrophobic you can do the full adventure tour which takes you a few kms into the mountain but very strenuous. A definite must do stop on the edge of the garden route!!

Thank Caledontravel
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