Photo Essay: The Splendor Of South African Caves

Everybody knows that South Africa is a beautiful country when seen from above, but not many people know how beautiful it can be from below. The country’s rugged terrain features many hidden caves that have developed over the centuries and feature beautiful San rock art, stunning stalactites and soaring stalagmites. These South African caves will give you a new perspective on the country.

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The towering stalactites of Cango Caves

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Peering out from inside a cave in Gansbaai

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Coming out of Sterkfontein Caves

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Walking through Sudwala Caves

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A cave lookout point in Mossel Bay

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The bridal chamber inside Cango Caves

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Bushmen cave paintings of elephants in Cederberg

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The throne room inside Cango Caves

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A natural cave in the Knysna Heads

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Incredible caves and rock formations in the Cederberg Mountains near Clanwilliam

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A stairway to heaven? No it’s just the Cango Caves

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Fascinating rock art in Limpopo

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Walking inside the Stadsaal caves in Cederberg Nature Reserve

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A waterfall above the Gxalingenwa Cave in Drakensberg

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People look extra tiny inside the Cango Caves

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