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, January 2, 2015 (All day) to Tuesday, January 6, 2015 (All day)


    A fabulous paddling trip is planned for 2-6 January 2015 with Ulrieke and Michael Kiefer leading the trip. They have three kids (14-18) with them so an ideal time to join in if you have some teenagers. Base camp will be at Cobham, close to Umzimkulu and Umkomaaz, and this allows hiking trips into the berg. There will be kayaks and crocs.

    Contact Ulrike Kiefer Tel(W) +27 11 907 7438

  • Saturday, January 10, 2015 (All day)

    The Absolute Beginners ESSA Climbing Day

    Were you once hauled up a rock climb by an eager belay beaver, and still wonder how you got to the ‘chains’? Have you always wondered what it would be like to climb on rock but are nervous about being the only newbie at the crag?

    ESSA is hosting an ‘Absolute Beginners’ sport climbing afternoon at Kings Kloof in Krugersdorp on Saturday, 10 January at 13:00. This is your chance to begin with the basics and feel a little more ‘empowered’ on the rock face than you might do by joining a lot of seasoned climbers.