Ep09 Cango Caves

Jul 23, 2020

Hello World!

Welcome to episode 9.

13-October-2019 Sunday Afternoon

Next on the itinerary

After the very educational Ostrich Safari, we were curious as to the next interesting sight on our itinerary. We were pleasantly pleased to know that it would be to the stunning, mysterious and strangely beautiful underground world of the Cango Caves. Our group was excited to enter the Cango Caves to experience the Caves tour. We were not sure what to expect, so we’re eager to see what was in store.

There are many kinds of paintings and artifacts found in the cave showing the caves were in use throughout prehistory. The extensive system of tunnels and chambers in the cave run for over 4 km. Only about a quarter of the cave is open to the visitors.

Video of the Caves

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How many sections is the Cave broken into?

The Cango Caves is a cultural and natural landmark in South Africa. The 20 million-year-old Cango Caves system consists of a series of hidden chambers cut deep into a thick limestone rock layer.

We gathered at the entryway and saw the signage that showed us the sections of the cave. The principal cave is one of the country’s finest, best known, and most popular tourist caves and attracts many visitors from overseas. The surveyed length of the cave system extends for at least 2.5 miles and is divided into three sections: Cango 1, Cango 2, and Cango 3.

Cango Caves is frequently described as one of the great Natural Wonders of The World.

Cango Caves 3 Sections

Cango Caves 3 Sections: Cango 1, Cango 2, and Cango 3

Reenactment of life years ago

As we entered the cave, our tour guide showed us a reenactment of life in the caves many years ago. It was an interesting sight to see how people could have lived in the caves to seek shelter and made it a home for their families.

Reenactment of life in the caves years ago

Reenactment of life in the Cango Caves years ago – Inhabited since the Early Stone Age

Cango Caves

The Cango Caves Heritage Tour by the Oudtshoorn Municipality was a truly spectacular South African Heritage to experience.

The Cango Caves are located in Precambrian limestones at the foothills of the Swartberg range near the town of Oudtshoorn, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. The principal cave is one of the country’s finest, best known, and most popular tourist caves and attracts many visitors from overseas. For some of us who have traveled well and have seen several caves around the world, seeing the beauty of the Cango Caves was beyond our imagination.

 

Huge stalagmites and stalactites seen in the Cango Caves

Huge stalagmites and stalactites seen in the Cango Caves

 

The formations are unique: they would not have normally formed in this area and are a result of faulting

The formations are unique: they would not have normally formed in this area and are a result of faulting

 

Huge stalagmites and stalactites that have joined to form a tall pillar

Huge stalagmites and stalactites that have joined to form a tall pillar

 

Tall pillars that are an amazing sight

Tall pillars that are an amazing sight

 

The colors are the corrosion of the limestone

The incredible stalagmites and stalactites stained in a rainbow of colors.

 

Exquisite colors

Exquisite colors

 

Peter in the cave - there are safe staircase and pathways but it is quite a walk  up and down

Peter in the cave – there are safe staircase and pathways but it is quite a walk up and down

 

Standing beside a pillar

Standing beside a pillar

 

Best Acoustic Sounds

Our tour guide took us through several chambers which he lit up as we went along to give us a visual idea of the caves and their geologic features. The Cango Caves gave us the best and sweetest acoustic sounds to the human ear. Our tour guide also suggested we as a group sing to illustrate the acoustics as the caves used to be used to stage concerts.

I think the most patriotic thing that we as a group of 50 tourists did, was to sing our National Anthem “O Canada” in the Cango Caves. Our tour guide suggested we sing to appreciate the best acoustic sounds that one would hear. He asked us what song we all knew well and then suggested we sing our national anthem. We agreed, and our 50 voices lifted the O Canada song with the most beautiful acoustic one would hear. It also lifted our spirits to proudly sing as Canadians in the Cango Cave. Even the other tourists stopped to encourage and enjoy our singing. It was indeed a truly majestic experience that many of us would remember of our South Africa trip.

Here is the Canada National Anthem “O Canada”, all four verses. We sang the first verse with true pride in the Cango Caves. For many of us in the group, we were immigrants and had made Canada our home. We previously came from various parts of the world. Canada was our new and treasured home. Singing the Canadian national anthem brought much significance. Please click the blue link to hear the national anthem sang with lyrics.

O Canada Lyrics

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Susan in the Cango Caves

Susan in the Cango Caves

 

Light in the Cave

Light in the Caves

 

The stair case leading to the "stage" where we sang the national anthem

The stair case leading to the “stage” where we sang the national anthem

 

Beautiful sights of the Cave

Beautiful sights of the Cave

 

The stair case leading to the exit

The stair case leading to the exit

 

Our "Stage" where we sang the national anthem

Our “Stage” where we sang the national anthem – The acoustic gave our singing a top notch level 

Queens Hotel, Oudtshoorn

After the Cango Caves, our coach driver took us to our hotel, Queens Hotel, located in the heart of Outdshoorn. The Queens Hotel is the third oldest hotel in South Africa dating back to 1880. Our accommodation was in newly renovated rooms that retained the charm of yesteryear through elegant décor and stylish furnishings.

Ostrich Egg Sold in the Supermarket

In the evening, we walked around a shopping mall just at the back of the hotel. Since it was a Sunday evening, most stores were already closed, so we walked around the supermarket. We saw the supermarket carrying ostrich eggs for sale, as we were close to ostrich show farms and crocodile ranch. The ostrich egg was sold at South African Rand 59.90 or Canadian Dollar 4.88. This is incredibly cheap as an ostrich egg in North America would cost around CAD 35 to CAD 50 apiece. We would have bought it just to try it, but we did not have any cooking facilities, so we had to only imagine how it tasted. We were told ostrich eggs do taste a lot like chicken eggs. But one would notice the difference. They have a more buttery taste and a bit more intense when compared to other eggs. Some even describe it as kind of sweet. Ostrich eggs are surprisingly healthy, contain more magnesium and iron. They have a lot less cholesterol and a little less saturated fat than the equivalent serving of chicken eggs.

Queens Hotel, Outdshoorn

Queens Hotel, Outdshoorn

 

Ostrich Egg Sold in the Supermarket

Ostrich Egg Sold in the Supermarket

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