The Cango Caves, located approximately 30 kilometres outside the town of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape, is the oldest tourist attraction in South Africa. These remarkable caves, estimated to be around 20 million years old, serve as a significant cultural and natural landmark in the country. Being the largest show caves in South Africa, they offer a captivating spectacle for visitors to behold. The caves have a rich history of human habitation, dating back to the Stone Age, adding to their historical and archaeological significance.
Originally believed to be about 1 kilometre in length, the Cango Caves have been discovered to span an impressive 5 kilometres. Although only a quarter of the cave system is accessible to visitors during guided tours, it provides ample opportunity to witness the unique formations that make this site truly exceptional. Upon entering the caves, visitors are greeted by a warm and humid atmosphere, while the caves themselves are adequately illuminated, allowing for a mesmerising experience as one observes the extraordinary geological structures.