Wonder Caves

front market view of Rosebank Art and Craft Market, near cheap hostel Homebase Backpackers Johannesburg
Rosebank Art & Craft Market
2 Feb 2018
inside view of the Origins Centre Museum near cheap hostel Homebase Backpackers Johannesburg
Origins Centre Museum
2 Feb 2018
a view inside the Wonder Caves, near cheap hostel Homebase Backpackers Johannesburg

Homebase Melville brings you closer to this great backpacker attraction, at an affordable price.

The cave was discovered by Italian miners in 1898. They mined out approximately 15% from the formation and brought them to the surface. The formation consist of calcite which they placed in a self built oven for 2 week about 1100 degrees. This formed a powder which was taken by ox wagon to Pretoria & Johannesburg to make cement, toothpaste, use to extract gold and the like. Mining was stopped in 1902 due to the outbreak of war and low productivity. This is the 3rd largest chamber is South Africa, the largest being Cango Caves and second largest Sudwala Caves.

www.rhinolion.co.za/visitors-guide/wonder-cave-index/