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

  • Saturday, August 30, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, August 31, 2014 (All day)


    Danielsrust game farm is close to Joburg, a beautiful privately owned game reserve where over 700 head of game roam. Come join us for a 1.5 hour horse back ride across the open savannahs of the highveld. The farm has a lot of history dating back to the 1800's and Michelle, the host will tell all the history related to the farm whislt on the ride.

  • Sunday, August 31, 2014 (All day) to Wednesday, September 3, 2014 (All day)

    Olifants River Backpack Trail – stay in own tents, own meals, linear route ±44km, 3 nights 4 days, strenuous.

    8 Places available.

    Ashraf will be on of your guides on this trail

    The Olifants River Back-Pack Trail starts from Olifants Camp. The trail stretches over 4 days and 3 nights and covers approximately 42 km. It is advisable (but not necessary to book accommodation at Olifants or Letaba camps prior to and after completion of the trail. Hikers can leave their cars at Olifants Camp in a special parking area demarcated for this purpose.

  • Monday, September 1, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, September 7, 2014 (All day)
    We're planning to do the Wellington Wine Walk from 1 to 7 September 2014, and still have a few places left if anyone wants to join us.   For more info, contact Katja ( katja"@" ) who can send you the full PDF brouchre, or you can visit .   

Upcoming events

  1. Johannesburg Monthly Meeting
    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 19:00

    Kamfers Dam and its flamingos have been in the news during the past few years. This famous wetland has become well known all over the world, not only for the Lesser Flamingo breeding event, but also for the political storm around two major threats to this internationally important site.

    Kamfers Dam is the only place in South Africa where Lesser Flamingos have ever bred, and one of only four regular breeding sites in the world.