The 2012 Swazi-Swedish Caving Expedition to Gobholo Cave

August 18, 2012 / Swaziland, Africa
Entrance Hall of Swaziland's Gobholo Cave

Photo by Johannes Lundberg

One of the first caving expeditions to the Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa has returned.

A team of two Swedish cavers, invited and sponsored by Swazi Trails, spent three weeks exploring and surveying Gobholo Cave.

Estimated to be between 4 and 6 kilometers (2.5 to 3.7 miles) long, Gobholo Cave has the potential to be the world’s longest (and most impressive) boulder caves.

The expedition, essentially a reconnaissance trip, was successful in surveying and mapping about 360 meters (1180 feet) of cave as well as collecting speleothems and cave life for later analysis.

Large Flowstone in Gobholo Cave

Photo by Johannes Lundberg

In addition, surface explorations by the team revealed another cave estimated to be some 80 to 100 meters (262 to 328 meters) long, as well as other unexplored entrances that are suspected to connect to Gobholo Cave.

A future expedition back to Swaziland is already in the works. In the mean time, follow the results of the analysis of the specimens by visiting the expedition website, gobholocave.wordpress.com.

[via caver Johannes Lundberg]

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