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Wild Cave Adventures

Wild Cave Adventures is a family-run business in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage area. We operate in the wild caves on the West Rand and cater for adventure seekers looking for opportunities to explore extreme areas safely. At the same time, and more importantly, we use these excursions to develop public awareness in environmental preservation.

A few years back, as part of Emergency and Disaster Management in the area, it became obvious that many people were quite prepared to put themselves at risk using poor equipment with no safety measures in place, whatsoever. Some even arrived with candles for light and a dangerously thin rope and expected to find their way through a 4 400sqm cave! The cave environment - even of those caves dynamited by lime miners in the 1800's - was being jeopardised by the uninformed adventure-seeker. Ignorance is at the root of most cave damage.

There was room for someone prepared to take on the management of certain caves - keeping the surrounds clean, the seasonal owl babies safe and the inner caves clear of chip packets and human sewage. Neil became caretaker of these caves and even now, it is still a constant battle to stop people dumping waste in the entrance zone; taking rocks for their water features and eating, drinking and spraying graffiti down in the inner caves.

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