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The Crystal Tour

At the Sudwala caves you can embark on an epic underground adventure that takes you 2000m into the heart of the caves. The goal is the crystal chamber with its amazing array of sparkling aragonite crystals.
The crystal tour is a specialized tour for the adventurous, an organized excursion that involves wading through water,crystal-tour scrambling up and down rocks and crawling through small tunnels leaving you wet and dirty but awestruck by the splendor and beauty of the crystals that surround you in the chamber.

People of average agility will have no problems clearing the obstacles, and the guide is always there to push and pull when the going gets tough.
Due to the nature of the tour, it is not recommended for people who suffer from psychological ailments like claustrophobia.

The tour is not suitable for people with back or knee problems.
The tunnels can get very tight so people of a larger stature will not be able to take the tour. Anything too wide is liable to get perfectly stuck. To give some indication, the biggest person to fit through weighed 115kg. Children under the age of 14 years cannot take the tour. The crystal tour takes place on the first Saturday of the month and we can accommodate groups of up to 15 people at a time. It is essential that bookings are made in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tours can also be arranged for other days, provided there are a minimum of 5 in a group.
Time of arrival at the cave entrance for groups is 9.30am in time for departure into the cave at 10am.

Duration of the tour is about 4 hours.

A 50% deposit is required to secure the booking. Deposits must be made 14 days prior to the commencement of the tour. If the deposit is not received your place will be forfeited. If cancellations are made less than 2 weeks prior to the tour departing, the deposit will be forfeited.

Everybody will need to bring their own torch (preferably a head lamp as you will need your hands free to crawl). You need to wear old clothes (Shorts/tracksuit pants and a T-shirt or overalls) no jeans as they tend to be restrictive and shoes with good grip (boots or takkies). No open shoes unless they fasten to your feet. Do not wear jewelry or non-waterproof watches. No bulky rucksacks and no food or drinks are allowed in the cave so have a good breakfast before you set off.

Call or email us when you are ready to book.

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HISTORICAL

CAVES

Things to see

Mac Mac Falls

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The Sabie Waterfalls Route – Cinderella to the Blyde River Canyon and its incredible cliffs and views – is well worth taking time to do. And Mac Mac Falls is one of them.
There are actually more waterfalls around Sabie than anywhere else in southern Africa. Regarded as the most stunning of the lot, Mac Mac has twin falls that plunge some 70m into a gorge below.
Now a national monument, the waterfall was not always split in two. Gold miners in the area for the gold rush blasted the originally single stream to try and reach the gold-bearing reef over which it drops. Mac Mac tends to revert to one fall during the dry season.

Gods Window

Gods Window is so called for the panoramic view of the Lowveld more than 900 m down into lush indigenous forest clad ravine. The majestic cliffs plunge over 700 meters to the Lowveld and the private game reserves which have made the area one of South Africa’s main wildlife destinations. God’s Window is a small part of a 250km long earthwork of sheer cliffs and extravagant beauty.
Viewing sites are provided along the length of the spectacular Blyde River Canyon including God’s Window, and there are numerous fantastic walks, hiking, horse and mountain bike trails. From the parking area a very steep stepped footpath along the edge of the escarpment leads to the actual view points. God’s Window and Graskop are perfect en-route stopping points for those visiting the Kruger National Park.
There are curio stalls and toilet facilities at the parking area. God’s Window is a popular site and for good reason! One can spend hours here just admiring the incredible view.

Places to Eat

Pierre’s Mountain Restaurant

Enjoy delicious light meals in the tranquil setting of Pierre’s Restaurant with breathtaking views of the Mankele Mountains. Try the mouthwatering bugers or opt for a fresh succulent salad. Follow with a slice of legendary homebaked cake while catching up on emails using the free wifi. Breakfast, great Vegetarian dishes and kids meals are also served.Open daily from 08h00 to 18h00. Dinner by arrangement.Venue available for functions up to 80 guests as well as conferences.

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Sudwala Lodge

The Sudwala Lodge Restaurant is located at the entrance to the complex about 2km from the sudwala caves. The family-friendly restaurant has a full bar and provides good meals at reasonable prices. There are tables outside and a play area for the kids http://www.sudwalalodge.com

Accommodation

Sudwala Lodge

A family-friendly lodge that provides all that is necessary to relax and unwind; we invite you to come and enjoy a spectacular getaway in the heart of Mpumalanga’s beauty and nature.
Ideally situated on the famous Panorama Route, below the Sudwala Caves, Sudwala Lodge has a number of tourist attractions nearby that promise to take your breath away. Activity-seekers can venture out to the nearby God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Big Five at the Kruger National Park. The lodge also boasts many activities such as guided walks, mini-golf and loads of other activities that will keep the whole family entertained. Group bookings may qualify for special rates from tour operators. http://www.sudwalalodge.com

Mankele Mountain Bike Park

Mankele’s main aim is to be a safe outdoor environment with a variety of activities and accommodation options for the whole family to enjoy.Mankele is fast becoming South Africa’s favorite place to mountain bike.
Situated in the heart of Mpumalanga at the foot of the escarpment. With beautiful surroundings of tropical forests, open grass lands, rivers, dams, ravines, mountains and breath taking views.There is something for everyone here http://mankele.co.za

RACE OF THE SCREAMING MONSTER


The 2019 race of the screaming monster will take place on the the 28th of April and will be the 12th running of this unique race. This is a 21.1km half marathon and its not an easy route. It involves a climb to the top of the pass and into the Sudwala Caves. This is mountain goat heaven. Just when you think you must be at the top, you have to go even further up, and when you run out of road, there’s still a little bit more steep climbing up to the cave itself.
An amazing treat waits for you at the top, as you get to run inside the Sudwala cave itself.
This is an amazing running event and is always a lot of fun. To find out more email the Legogote running club admin@legogotevillagers.co.za.