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, September 4, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, September 6, 2015 (All day)

    Boven, the Mecca of climbing in South Africa boasts hundreds of bolted routes of all grades, mindblowing red rock and chilled camping. You've been to some of the ESSA intro days, the bug has bitten, and you want hang out where the big boys play - then this is the place for you.

    Accommodation: Camp, Chalets or Perma Tents at Tranquilitas Adventure Farm. see website for more details and costs of accommodation.

    Also good MTBing biking on specifically designed trails. - get permits at campsite.

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


    Venue: Bushtrails, Magaliesberg Time: From 3pm


    Entrance: R30pp for paid up ESSA/ASSA members; R50 for guests; this includes children. Free entry for anyone bringing a telescope (one person per telescope only)

    Camping: R20 pp

    Dorms R60 pp (bring own sleeping bag and blankets)

  • 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.