Amathole is an area with stunning scenic beauty and rich in history. Located in the Eastern Cape, it gives diverse landscapes ranging from mountains and rivers to beaches, forests and estuaries. Hidden gems include the majestic rainforest, which is protected to date. Indigenous forest and breathtaking waterfalls are a must see in this region.
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Scuba Diving in Wondergat Dolomitic Sinkhole, Mafikeng, North-West South Africa
Wondergat Dolomitic Sinkhole in Mafikeng is the deepest natural hole in the mainland of South Africa, offering a jaw dropping cave diving experience at 100 m/328 ft by 75 m/246 ft at surface with depths varying according to season. It is popular with advanced and technical divers and one needs to be of high fitness level since you have to go down and 35 irregular steps fully geared!!! There is a saying in South Africa that says … you haven’t dived until you dive Wondergat!!
The maximum diving depth here stand at 65 m/213 ft with visibility ranging between 4-20 m/13-65 ft. The spot is a shore entry site with two buoy lines, a north grid 38 m/125 ft deep and a south grid 36 m/ 118 ft deep which you can use to ascend and descend. You will need a torch since it is dark down there and for first timers, it can give you the chills due to the depth and darkness. Expected aquatic life includes the banded tilapia, sharp-tooth catfish and the southern mouthbrooder.
Air and nitrox fills are available on site. It is always necessary to phone in advance since in some cases Wondergat is closed to visitors due to maintenance purposes.
Relevant activites based in South Africa
This 2-3 hour adventure is the most popular adventure activity where you can experience the best that Tsitsikamma offers! If you are keen to explore deeper into the Storms River Gorge, and experience the deep, long, quiet pools with ancient forests and deep caves then the kayak and lilo trip is for you!