30 Years of Exploring Southern Africa's Rivers, Mountains and Wild Places

About the Exploration Society of Southern Africa

The Exploration Society of Southern Africa (ESSA) is a non profit voluntary organisation founded in 1988 following the success of the Wits Exploration and Expedition Society (WEES) by people who had left the University of the Witwatersrand.
Many of those for whom the club had changed their lives felt the idea which had given rise to the university club could be taken further. The aim of the society is to provide a platform for the conceptual and physical exploration of the Southern African landscape.
We fulfill our role by providing a forum for discussion of proposed expeditions and a venue for display and presentation of the results. The society currently has about 120 members and new members are always welcome on payment of the annual subscription fees of R150 for an individual and R200 per family.
Expeditions are supported by the society by the provision of equipment, training and assistance with fundraising. Joining us on one of the journeys is a good way to meet us and share our philosophies on environmental conservation and personal challenge.

Read some of our past reports