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

  • Sunday, December 6, 2015 (All day)

    When you see the Halloween decorations giving way to Christmas crackers and tinsel, you know it’s time to start diarising your year-end celebrations.
    This year ESSA is keeping its year-end event local, with a relaxed al fresco lunch at al Fiume, an Italian riverside restaurant in the Hennops River Valley between Centurion and Hartbeespoort.

    We have arranged a fresh and lovely setting overlooking the river and hope to see many ESSA faces there as we wind down after a busy year.

    The details are as follows:

  • Monday, December 28, 2015 (All day) to Saturday, January 2, 2016 (All day)

    I am organising a mellow paddle down the Orange river over new year. The plan is to do the section from Zastron to Aliwal North but it does rely on getting enough water in the river. If it is low, or too wet (It can rain hard for days in the area) , we will head for the Hope Town section, which usually has good weather. Its a wonderful landscape with lots of sandstone overhangs and also boasts a hot spring towards the end of the trip. This is an ideal trip if you are a first timer and is suitable for kids.

  • Tuesday, January 5, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, January 10, 2016 (All day)

Upcoming events

  1. Johannesburg Monthly Meeting
    Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 19:00
    In September 2014, Christopher Green, Christoper Barichievy and Neil O’Leary completed the 3rd ever descent of the Ivindo river in Central Gabon, padding 300km in 9 days. Highlights of the trip included traversing remote areas of Ivindo National Park, said to be the largest tract of pristine rainforest remaining in Africa, portaging 4 substantial waterfalls through dense rainforest, encountering the local wildlife and paddling vast stretches of undocumented whitewater.