Wonder Cave Tours
Part of Bothongo Rhino and Lion Game Reserve
Wonder Cave tour
Bothongo Wonder Cave, located within the Rhino and Lion Game Reserve in the Kromdraai Conservancy. Being within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.
Wonder Cave, located amongst famous palaeontological sites, containing some of the richest hominid fossil sites in the world.
Wonder Cave is a good inclusion with
Ekala’s Cradle of Humankind tour.
Naturally formed cave:
The Wonder Cave is a naturally formed, millions of years old limestone cave. Thus filled with amazing stalactites and stalagmites formations.
The single cave chamber of the Wonder Cave is third largest in South Africa. While approximately 120m long and 55m wide (45 000 m) and around 2.2 million years old.
Entering the Wonder cave first by 88 steps, then an elevator takes you 40m into the cave.
Temperature inside the Wonder cave around a constant 16˚C, with a natural fresh breeze though the cave.
Then, with subtle lights, lighting the stalactites and stalagmites and other naturally shaped limestone sculptures.
Height of the Wonder cave is over 55m, with Illuminated pathways. Thus, no crawling or squeezing through small tunnels or problems with claustrophobia.
Thus more suitable than the Sterkfontein cave (part of the Cradle of Humankind) for people with Claustrophobia, crawling, or other problems.
Rhino & Lion Nature Game Reserve as a wildlife/safari experience:
Ekala Tours does not include Rhino and Lion Nature Game Reserve in any of the tours or safaris we supply due to conservation issues we find unacceptable.
A true wildlife experience is seeing Lions (and other wildlife) in a natural game park, as Pilanesberg or Kruger national parks.
Thus, lions in the natural bush where they belong.
Consequently, the Rhino and Lion Nature Game Reserve/Park, as with the Lion and Safari Park, cannot compare with experiencing wildlife in the Pilanesberg or Kruger National Park.
See panel on this page regarding commercially-run parks.
Ekala Eco Tours offer safaris to the Kruger National Park
Then, if your time is short, Pilanesberg Game Park can be covered as a day safari.
Ekala’s visit to the Rhino and Lion Nature Game Park is exclusively for the Wonder Cave tour.
Responsible and ethical South African tourism/consumerism.
Additions to the Cradle of Humankind (Sterkfontein cave) and Wonder Cave tour
Mining – gold and diamonds:
Diamond Mine Underground:
Struggle against segregation/apartheid
Apartheid Freedom Struggle:
Enjoying and respecting South Africa’s national assets – wildlife, environment, and people.
A Cradle of Humankind and Wonder Cave tour to remember for the right reason
Selection of Ekala Eco Tours packaged tours
Private safari in the Pilanesberg
Private safari within the greater Kruger National Park
Eco tours and safari
Eco-friendly and Eco driven safari and tours
Cradle of Humankind as an addition to the Wonder Cave
Scenic and Nature:
South Africa Airport/Train Station/Kruger transfers
Transfers to or from the Kruger
Ekala Guest House multi-day package:
Commercial Game Parks
Captive wildlife industry. As Lion and Safari Park + Rhino and Lion Reserve.
Most tourists who visit a captive wildlife facility, are accordingly unaware of the negative impact of these Commercial run, “parks”
As a result of conservation issues that Ekala Eco Tours finds unacceptable – we at Ekala do not support these types of commercially structured “Game Parks”.
Commercial “parks” that breed lions (alternatively simply have lions) for financial gain – must, in Ekala’s opinion, be avoided. Thus, even if you are supplied the tour for free.
Consequently, private “parks” are never the best option. Specifically, in an artificial environment. Structured as a money making facility only, thus with little regard for the wildlife and long-term sustainability. Consequently, the entire world is moving away from such facilities.
Natural wildlife options are best, including the Kruger and Pilanesberg National Parks, that accordingly would leave you with a better experience.
Consequently, not leaving you feeling that you would have negatively contributed to conservation in general. Additionally, to the ultimate death of lions encountered.
Lion type safari “parks” are the cheapest option available for any wildlife experience – however, at what cost to the lions.
Although a slight difference between the Lion and Safari Park and Rhino and Lion Reserve – in our opinion – both have conservation issues and should be avoided. Thus, currently, we (Ekala Eco Tours) are not supplying tours to either.
If a tour is to be supplied by Ekala to a naturally wild location – we accordingly highlight the industry of canned hunting and its attachment to these private parks.
Naturally wild – always the best options.
Then, the differences between the various “parks” and “sanctuaries” as Cheetah, Monkey, and Elephant Sanctuary will be explained.
Lions are listed as vulnerable to extinction with decreasing wild population size. Breeding in captivity, however, does not rectify the problem.
Additionally, not a single captive-bred, hand-reared lion (as would thus come from a private “park” type facility) has been successfully released into the wild. There is thus no conservation purpose to breed lions or to keep them in captivity.
Handled lions can’t be introduced into the wild. Other than hunting, there is, therefore, no sustainable market for lions.
What you may however experience is pleasing to the eye, it is however what goes on behind the scenes that are horrifying.
Over 3 lions – PER DAY – are killed in South Africa for the trophy, bones, claws, and teeth market. So all these lions come from private lion “parks”. Thus, Ekala refuses to be a part of this industry.
Ekala is not against legal and ethical forms of sustainable hunting, and thus recognises the role that hunting plays in many conservation programs.
However, the current figure of profits from hunting, for Africa, of actual value, trickling down to the local community is less than 3%.
Ekala consequently complies 100% with the international efforts to eradicate animal abuse.
Private lion facilities:
And so Ekala’s opinion and avoidance of lion facilities:
1. Any facility that breeds with lions or trades in any way with lions has consequently no conservation value.
2. Any facility using the excuse that their breeding programs are for conservation purposes. However, no conservation purpose to breed lions.
3. Any facility breeding of lions in captivity – because when they get to full size, there is no market for them other than hunters.
4. Any facility breeding on demand, then removing cubs from mothers prematurely, bottle-fed, then “selling” cub interactions.
5. Any facility – that has no interaction in any way – essentially, as a result, still a lion breeding factory.
6. Any facility – selling walking with lion opportunities.
Accordingly, most of the above apply to captive cheetah facilities, specifically those that make no genuine efforts at reintroduction programs or promote survival of free-ranging cheetahs.
In contrast, these reintroduction programs are possible for the cheetah, where it is not possible for lions.
Only one of the many (around 80 in South Africa) cheetah sanctuaries that Ekala is aware of, support breeding programs of the Anatolian shepherd dogs, used by farmers to mitigate the human/wildlife conflict.
Ekala does support the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Sanctuary because it has significant conservation value.