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No expedition?

 Those who do not want to join an expedition as such – you can always do the adventure trip in the explored part of the cave 🙂
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New expedition – 2017

Swaziland 2017 Now it’s been some time since we were in Swaziland and Gobholo Cave – what’s the interest for an expedition in 2017? A call for interest has been posted on Facebook – and shared to some caving sites – in February. No date has been set so far, but it will most likely be in […] Continue reading →

1.1 km long, number 8 of the world’s longest (granite) caves!

Today Manuela e-mailed the surveyed length of Gobholo Cave to CaverBob: 1099 meters, depth 62 meters. Thus number 8 on the list over the world’s longest talus, boulder and granite caves! The longest straight line distance between two survey stations are just 170 meters, and with many unsurveyed parallel passages together with the distance between […] Continue reading →

900+ m surveyed

Aiming for at least 1 km before we leave coming weekend! More from our expedition will follow, when we are back in Europe and have more stable internet access. Continue reading →

Swaziland

Our week of holidays in South Africa now came to an end and we are finally at our destination in Ezulwini and settled into our house up on the mountain close to Gobholo cave yesterday evening after a day’s drive from Richards Bay and an unspectacular border crossing. New Year’s Day was a lazy day […] Continue reading →

On the way

On the 26th in the morning we all met up at Jo’burg airport. The bunch from Austria and Germany waited for us from Sweden, all equally exhausted and excited. We got our cars and started our trip going to Hluhluwe Game Reserve. Though we had some initial problems like finding the blinkers and handling the […] Continue reading →

All set!

Thanks to Anita at SwaziTrails the very last piece (and the rather important one in form of cars) of the puzzle for our one-week pre-expedition-tour is in place now! 🙂 Now we can lay back for a few days and just enjoy the thought of soon going on safari, walking white sandy beaches, snorkling in […] Continue reading →

Swaziland 2013/2014 expedition-plan so far

In 2012 we spent three weeks in Swaziland to conduct a first survey of Gobholo cave and explore the potential for further expeditions. We flew to Johannesburg and took a shuttle to Mbabane were Darron Raw collected us. We got help from Darron and his Swazi Trails crew to and from the cave during our […] Continue reading →

Let’s do a science!

wpid-imag0014 Eight small aluminium foil packets, each with a small piece of speleothem or erosion surface samples, ready to be sent to the granite speleothem expert Juan RamĂłn in Coruña, Spain. Our (or rather Juan RamĂłn’s) working hypothesis is that the speleothems are not calcite (as usually in caves), but the more exotic minerals pigotite and […] Continue reading →

The adventure continues!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Being back home does not mean that the expedition is over. Far from it. Now it is time to start writing the expedition report, travelogues, planning for next expedition, and most exciting of all: start to distribute and investigate the samples we brought back with us. (OK, most exciting of all is the exploration of […] Continue reading →