Monday, 9 April 2018

Gobholo Caving - SWAZILAND - 18th to 21st May 2018

Hi all,

SEC will be assisting an overseas visitor on some analysis he would like to do in the Gobolo cave in Swaziland 18th to 21st May 2018.

Gobolo is an extremely interesting cave.

Flowstone, cave feature, Swaziland
The Ghobolo Cave system is predominantly granite rock – which is VERY unusual as granite does not typically form caves. For this reason typical cave features like stalactites are rare. This flow stone is one of the few features of this type so far discovered in this cave.

Kindly arrange your own accommodation for the weekend though I would suggest :Legends Backpacker Lodge
Address: #1 Mantenga Falls Drive, Ezulwini Valley

This will be a SELFCATERING trip - there is a big shopping centre (Checkers/woolworths) very close by where you will be able to purchase any necessary food items.

OSHOEK is probably the best border post to use.

Customs and immigration regulations must be complied with when entering and leaving Swaziland. Officially recognised border gates should be used when travelling between Swaziland and neighbouring countries unless travelling by air, in which case you enter by Matsapha Airport. All border posts between Swaziland and South Africa are open every day of the year at the following times. The Swaziland name is given first, followed by the name (in brackets) by which the border gate is known in South Africa:

Bulembu (Josefsdal)
Gege (Bothashoop)
Lavumisa (Golela)
Lundzi (Waverly)
Mahamba (Mahamba)
Mananga (Border Gate)
Matsamo (Jeppes Reef)
Ngwenya (Oshoek)
Salitje (Onverwacht)
Sandlane (Nerston)
Sicunusa (Houdkop)
08.00 - 16.00
08.00 - 16.00
08.00 - 22.00
08.00 - 16.00
07.00 - 22.00
07.00 - 18.00
07.00 - 20.00
07.00 - 22.00
08.00 - 16.00
08.00 - 18.00
08.00 - 18.00

Ngwenya/Oshoek is the busiest border gate and it becomes heavily congested at certain times, such as at long weekends or when there are special events such as concerts. Queues can take several hours to move and you might think of using an alternative gate at these times to avoid long delays.

From experience - Normal days border crossing will take 10 - 20min - Busy days this may take 30 - 45min

Please let me know if you are keen to join.


Sunday, 8 April 2018

SRT Training/practice session on Friday13 April

Dear cavers, we will be having an SRT training/practice session on Friday 13 Apr 4-7pm. Learn srt, change-overs, passing knots and re-belays. You can try the Mitchell rope walker system. We hope to see more of you at srt trips. Use this session to learn to make your own cow's tails and foot loops. Our club has 10mm rope for sale or bring your own. RSVP Selena 0834604828. Wors rolls on offer. Venue Tedderfield

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Chaos Cave - Sunday 8 April

Sunday caving 8 April Chaos Cave near Potchefstroom. 
Meet at Engen Carltonville 2 Annan Rd at 8am. 
SRT proficient members only. 
Rsvp John 073 985 8068

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Hi all! 
We will be visiting Hidden Cave on 11 March 2018. Visitors are welcome. Please contact Karin on 082 721 2277 before Friday, 9 March 2018 should you wish to join the trip  and if you need any equipment. The meeting point will be the Caltex Filling Station on the R500 in Carletonville at 09h00. Looking forward to see you there!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Armageddon & Stinkhole - 11 February

Hello everyone. 

On Sunday there is a trip to Armageddon and Stinkhole caves. 
SRT members only.
Meet at Armageddon at 9.
Let me know if you are joining and which cave you would like to do. Also let me know if you need any gear.



Monday, 4 December 2017

Stinkhole - 10 December 2017

Hey everyone,

Caving trip to Stinkhole Cave on 10th December.
Meet at 09:00 at the corner of the N12 and R28.
-26.342006, 27.672927

It is an SRT cave, but limited numbers of visitors are welcome to join.

Please let me know if you are interested. Also let me know if you need gear.

083 2120817

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Chimanimani & meetlist for 2018

Hello everyone,
We are planning a trip to the Chimanimani mountains in Zimbabwe at the end of September 2018.
The first priority is to explore the newly discovered Tartarus Cave. A huge sinkhole entrance only briefly explored with no end in sight!
There are also many unexplored surface fissures and various boulder chokes deep underground which need to be pushed.
Lastly, there is an easy to open blowing hole at the bottom of Mawenge Mwena, the deepest cave in Southern Africa. Could this blowing hole lead down another 300 meters to the resurgances?
There is plenty of planning needed for this expedition, so even though it is months away, please let me know if you are interested.
For the rest of 2017 and first half of 2018:
A trip is done once a month on the second Sunday of the month. Extra trips are done on an ad-hoc basis and a few long-weekend trips to other provinces and countries are also organized throughout the year.
There will also be rescue practises every second month. 
  • 10 December – Stinkhole – Steven Tucker
  • 14 January  - Wonderfontein - John Dickie
  • 11 February - Nico's II - Steven Tucker
  • 11 March - Hidden Cave - Karin Human
  • 21 March - Gobholo Cave in Swaziland - John Dickie
  • 8 April - Chaos Cave - John Dickie
  • 13 May - Nick's Cave
  • 10th June - Dripkelder Cave
  • 24 September - Chimanimani in Zimbabwe - John Dickie & Steven Tucker
Please note: These are proposed dates – final details will be sent out closer to the time. Caving trips additional to those above will also be notified via these avenues.

Contact the Meet leader to arrange to join a trip or find out more info on a trip.
Looking forward to a great year of exploration!
Steven Tucker
083 212 0817