Aha Hills Caving expedition

Vanja & Dave Ingold
Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, August 4, 2009 - 19:15

             

Join us to hear the report of an expedition that took place, in conjunction with the government of Botswana to search the dolomitic outcrops which form the Aha Hills of north-western Botswana. Two caves were known of in the area and the focus of the trip was to search the hills for other speleological events. Only two very small fracture caves were found but investigation of the two known caves corrected the surveys and indicated their uniqueness.

"After a breakfast which coincided with dawn at 6.15a.m. we made our first venture into the adjacent hill and discovered the problems facing us. The scrub-bush is mixed with tall Morula, Baobab, and Acacia trees, the many varieties of the last having thorns which range from ‘hooking, snagging and vicious’ to ‘downright murderous.’ As this is renowned Black Mamba (one of the world’s most venomous snakes), Puffadder (responsible for most snake bites on the continent) and Horned Viper country plus the home to many venomous scorpions one tends to tread carefully over the sharp and deeply weathered dolomite rocks which lay beneath the undergrowth. Add in the steep contours of the hills and it should be apparent that this was no easy walking country. One Mamba was spotted but it disappeared quickly at the sound of voices and footfalls".

Venue: 

Cricket Pavilion, Johannesburg Country Club

Cost: 

Free for members R20 for guests