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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.

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Upcoming Trips

  • Friday, July 29, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, July 31, 2016 (All day)
    Kayakers, Rafters and Stand Up Paddle enthusiasts take note! Ash Fest 2016 is taking place in Clarens from 29-31 July 2016.   Whitewater Training is once again hosting the annual Whitewater Kayaking Ash River Festival on the weekend of 29 to 31 July 2016 on the Ash River near Clarens in the Free State.  
  • Sunday, October 2, 2016 (All day)

    This part of the world doesn't offer an amazing variety of kloofing (also known as canyoning), however there is a hidden gem in the form of Grootkloof in the Magaliesberg.

    ESSA will be running a day-trip for a limited number of participants to this beautiful kloof. It involves a moderate hike into the kloof and a fairly challenging descent down a series of rock pools where your balance and ability to remain upright will be tested.

    There is also a scenic abseil off a huge boulder followed by a refreshing swim or two.