essa provides a forum for the conceptual & physical exploration of southern african


Welcome to ESSA

Essa was established in 1988 and runs great trips and expeditions throughout southern Africa, as well as further afield. We hold a regular meeting on the first Tuesday of the month at the Cricket Pavilion Johannesburg Country Club at 7:00pm. We are open to all, and the society encourages ideas on exploring, as well as organising a great variety of trips for like minded people.
If you wish to join ESSA or subscribe to it's mailing list please visit the Join page.


Upcoming Trips

  • Friday, July 10, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, July 12, 2015 (All day)

     North of Elands River from Phuthaditjhaba, across Lekhalo-la-Namahali to Witsieshoek via the chain ladders. When : 10 – 12 July 2015Participant limit (Number): 10Participant limit (Age): 18 and olderNote: only fit and experienced hikers Time: Meet Friday night at Witsieshoek hotel for 7pm dinner.  Cost :Non Members R75.00Cost pp: Hut at car park R65.00Permit 2 days: R120.00Transport to the start  R90.00Cost per car (toad toll) R30.00  Contact organiser : Neil MargettsMobile no: 083 669-3028 Email:    

  • Saturday, September 19, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, September 20, 2015 (All day)


    Reserve this weekend now for our Annual Stargazing Party.

    Further details later, but the weekend starts from Saturday 3pm where we set up camp at Bushtrails in Magaliesberg.  A solar telescope will be available to see the amazing explosions on the sun's surface.  Braai fires will be lit for our bring and braai and meet and greet.  The rest of the evening can be spent observing our night sky with very knowledgeable ASSA members in attendance.

    Great family event.  Mountain bike trails and walking trails.

  • Sunday, November 15, 2015 (All day)

    For more on this trip, contact Karen on  Info evening on Friday 27 March 2015, 7pm at Karen's house.

    Karen is planning an amazing fitness build-up to this trip including a trip to Botshabelo Nature Reserve, Baviaanskloof and the Sani Pass.

Upcoming events

  1. Johannesburg Monthly Meeting
    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 19:00
    DRAKENSBERG GRAND TRAVERSE Andrew Porter has done it again, setting a new solo record on DGT. Andrew will talk about the various hiking, climbing and running trips he has done to the Drakensberg over the last few years and the cumulative effect of each trip towards the final goal - to complete a fast, solo GT.   There will be a buffet dinner at the Club after the talk.