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, February 13, 2016 (All day)

    Join us for a fairly mellow possibly (but unlikely) romantic short 2 hour paddle down the Crocodile River on Saturday afternoon 13th February. We will run the 9 km stretch from Lanseria causeway to Friday farm take out (depending on flow level of course). We will run it with ESSA 2 person crocs with a few kayakers. Please meet at Home of Chicken Pie just after the Lanseria airport turnoff on theR512 ( Malibongwe Ext) at 2 pm with suitable river clothes and shoes (no cotton) and waterproofed kit (food, water, camera, etc.).

  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, February 28, 2016 (All day)
    This course hosted by ESSA and Hugh Du Preez seeks to educate recreational river users, kayakers, crocers, adventure racers, rafters, and tubers, in the necessary rescue strategies for everyday river use. Swiftwater Rescue deals with the identification, prevention and rescue of incidents in various whitewater hazards, starting with the ability to look after oneself and then the rescue of others. All paddlers, especially those taking less experienced paddling partners and teammates with them, need to have up-to-date, regular training in Swiftwater Rescue and First Aid.
  • Saturday, March 5, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, March 6, 2016 (All day)