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, 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.

Upcoming events

  1. Johannesburg Monthly Meeting
    Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 19:00
    Come join us to hear Robbie Mac Donald speak about his realization of a life-long dream to sail across the ocean in a tall ship, as an actively involved participant. He sailed to Antarctica in January this year on the Europa, a 350-ton ship with 30 sails originally built in Hamburg more than a century ago. His responsibilities on board included keeping watch - day and night - for other ships, icebergs, and debris, as well as tying knots and hauling heavy ropes in a team to raise the sails. Some of this work took place in a storm with winds of around 75-80 kms on the return journey.