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Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wonder Cave in Kromdraai 50km outside of Johannesburg is one of South Africa’s most spectacular caves open to the general public. The Wonder Cave is located within the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve (although not part of the reserve) which itself falls under the Cradle of Humankind UNESCO site.
Tours are conducted daily on the hour and visitors are required to take the 80-odd stairs to a platform then lowered into the vast chamber by means of an elevator. For the more adventurous, abseiling (rappelling) down the 18m drop from the platform into the cave is an alternate option.
Inside the 2.2 billion year-old 11ha cavern there are monstrous drip formations created by limestone dissolved through water action over eons, the largest formation of which is a 15m stalagmite calculated to weigh 50 tons. A rimstone pool holds crystal clear water in the northern section of the... Show more