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.


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