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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

  • 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"@"1-world.co.za ) who can send you the full PDF brouchre, or you can visit http://www.winewalk.co.za/ .   
  • Wednesday, September 3, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, September 6, 2014 (All day)

    Lonely Bull Backpack Trail - stay in own tents, own meals, no set route, 3 nights 4 days, easy going, highly recommended.

    8 Places available.

    Ashraf will be on of your guides on this trail

    The Lonely Bull Trail is a primitive back packing trail which starts from Shimuwini Camp and is conducted in the large wilderness area between the Letaba low water bridge and the Mingerhout dam along the Letaba River.

  • Saturday, September 6, 2014 (All day) to Tuesday, September 9, 2014 (All day)

    Lonely Bull Backpack Trail - stay in own tents, own meals, no set route, 3 nights 4 days, easy going, highly recommended.

    8 Places available.

    Ashraf will be on of your guides on this trail

    The Lonely Bull Trail is a primitive back packing trail which starts from Shimuwini Camp and is conducted in the large wilderness area between the Letaba low water bridge and the Mingerhout dam along the Letaba River.

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.