20120806-181514 As it most likely was the last time we cooked dinner ourselves, I wanted to share what we ate most: round sausage and chicken-wings 🙂 Continue reading →

A thermal bath in Gobholo Cave?

7718910960_00324faa7f_z Yesterday Darron and I found a hot spring in Gobholo Cave. Or rather a warm trickle of thermal water in a small passage that is a continuation of a passage formed in a remarkebly clear weakness zone/fissure zone. Is this a mere coincidence or are the fissures so deep that they can transport thermal water […] Continue reading →

How long?

7699304536_342fec2949_z The distance Gobholo River flows underground, in a straight line and not taking the slope in account, is close to 1.7km. The 200 mapped meters of the cave does not include most of the known side passages. The innermost part is found 70m straight line from the entrance. With side passages that distance may hold […] Continue reading →

202 meters

7678659038_ff39cc0f2c_z 202 meters and 43 meters, that’s the latest official length and depth, respectively, of Gobholo Caves, dating from Sunday. The last four days we have not mapped more in the cave; on monday we went together with Sipho upstreams the cave to where the river flows underground. Not much time in the afternoon when we […] Continue reading →

Thursday activities

This morning was a bit unorganized. Sipho is on holidays and no one really knew who is gonna drive us to the cave. We got up at 7.30ish as usual and were ready about an hour later … but no pick-up turned up. Dumsani was out driving something else, but would be taking us up […] Continue reading →


Yesterday was a no caving and no other fun day as we were preparing for the presentation at the Natural History Society in Mbabane in the evening. We sorted picture and made a slideshow, drew the map and … that was about it – it took all morning. We then went off to Mantenga Mountain […] Continue reading →

Hiking up and down

20120731-200336 The last three days I spent exploring and evaluating the geology in the valley of the cave, climbing over big boulders up to the top, through the river, walking through burnt-down forest, talking to cow-herds and visiting a home-stay. And taking pictures of course. I found quite a few entrances to the cave system, which […] Continue reading →

Pissed off!

I was hiking to the top today to get an idea of the area and how the caves could have formed. The other two went into the cave and we agreed to meet at 12 – at 14 they were still not back and no reaction on my shouting etc. – and they had taken […] Continue reading →

New best friends

7663265680_a69065ce6c_z Today we were more successful with continuing to map and measure the cave. The car was still not fixed but we got a ride and were collected by another one. We started at 8 today and hiked up the mountain as usual, but today – Saturday – was much more activity in the forest. Women […] Continue reading →

No brakes – no cave

7663518948_e9063097eb_z Yesterday we were supposed to go to the cave at around 10 and were really tagged to get going … after the second round abound and a close call with another car, we decided we would like to have some braking function on the car, which we go up the mountain with (and down) and […] Continue reading →