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Echo Caves, Ohrigstad

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The Echo Caves in Limpopo, South Africa, are set in Precambrian dolomite rock, which was first laid down about 3800 million years ago, when Africa was still part of Gondwana. The caves are considered some of the oldest in the world. The Echo Caves are about 92 km north of the similar Sudwala Caves.

There are a number of speleothem structures in the cave; two of these are hollow stalactites which when hammered create echoes audible throughout and even outside the caves, thus the name of the caves. The caves are over 40 km long; regular tours are available for about 2 km of the tunnels and chambers.
The caves were used for shelter in recent centuries by the Pedi people; they slept in what is now called the Samson chamber (due to the limestone columns which appear to hold the low roof of the cave up).
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  • We had a great time at echo caves- we had been to sudwala caves before and thought echo caves sounded like a smaller, possibly less impressive cave but still worth a visit: we were wrong about it... 
    We had a great time at echo caves- we had been to sudwala caves before and thought echo caves sounded like a smaller, possibly less impressive cave but still worth a visit: we were wrong about it...  more »
  • Definitely not a good activity for young and old as the website states... loads of steps and some smaller spaces to bend and move through - and no turning back once inside... there are 2 exits along.....  more
    Definitely not a good activity for young and old as the website states... loads of steps and some smaller spaces to bend and move through - and no turning back once inside... there are 2 exits along.....  more »
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  • An unexpected great place to visit. The history and the nature of the caves were interesting and fascinating. The guide were informative, enthusiastic and friendly. You just couldn't imagine what happened there without their instruction. It's close to the famous Three Rondavels, which makes it good as a spot in one trip. There is a restaurant tho we didn't try it.
  • The place was very interesting. Our tour guide, Michael, was excellent. The value for money is good. The tour we went on lasted about two hours and was truly eye opening. I would highly recommend

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