currently about a million litres of fresh mineral water flows through the caves daily supplying the local area with drinking water
We promote responsible access to De Kelders Drip Cave to preserve this unique site for generations to come. We encourage geotourism/ecotourism through educating visitors to the fragility of this natural site. Our policy is to allow low volumes of visitors entry to enjoy this spelunking experience.
the main pool area
The main fresh water thermal pool with stalactites growing towards the water.
one of our local inhabitants…
went to visit one of our local inhabitants. he did not really want to smile for the camera , however with some persistence I managed to get one that hung around for long enough.
Dont worry…you will not find this monster in our fresh water pool! You might bump into him if you go for a swim 10 m from the cave!
The whales are here…the bats are here…summer is almost here…we are here now too! Please feel free to contact me, I might just be able to make a plan to accommodate the avid cave junky!
The Drip Caves were formed at the contact of the Table Mountain Sandstone and Bredarsdorp Limestone. The entrance to the cave is determined by the sea as that determines the water table. Therefore and enlarged area is often found where these two meet.
The aforementioned contact varies across the region so the various caves in the region do not occur at the same level with the Drip Caves being the most southerly and the lowest.
(information was taken from a report by Dr. Curtis W. Marean, Institute of Human Origins, Arizona State University)