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, June 12, 2015 (All day)

    Join us for caving on 2nd Friday of every month.

    Time:  7 pm

    Where:  Sterkfontein area, cave to be announced.

    Meet at:  Oaktree garage, Sterkfontein

    Beginners welcome.  You will need a helmet and a light with spare batteries.  Please let us know if you need equipment.  Wear old comfortable clothes, long sleeves, best a onepiece overall.

    Free for SEC (Speleological Exploration Club) members;  visitors R50.

    RSVP  Selena 083 460 4828

  • Friday, July 10, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, July 12, 2015 (All day)

     North of Elands River from Phuthaditjhaba, across Lekhalo-la-Namahali to Witsieshoek via the chain ladders. When : 10 – 12 July 2015Participant limit (Number): 10Participant limit (Age): 18 and olderNote: only fit and experienced hikers Time: Meet Friday night at Witsieshoek hotel for 7pm dinner.  Cost :Non Members R75.00Cost pp: Hut at car park R65.00Permit 2 days: R120.00Transport to the start  R90.00Cost per car (toad toll) R30.00  Contact organiser : Neil MargettsMobile no: 083 669-3028 Email:    

  • Saturday, September 19, 2015 (All day) to Sunday, September 20, 2015 (All day)


    Reserve this weekend now for our Annual Stargazing Party.

    Further details later, but the weekend starts from Saturday 3pm where we set up camp at Bushtrails in Magaliesberg.  A solar telescope will be available to see the amazing explosions on the sun's surface.  Braai fires will be lit for our bring and braai and meet and greet.  The rest of the evening can be spent observing our night sky with very knowledgeable ASSA members in attendance.

    Great family event.  Mountain bike trails and walking trails.

Upcoming events

  1. Special Talk
    Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 19:00

    The Battle of Nooitgedacht, which took place on 13 December 1900, was by far the most significant military action which took place in the Magaliesberg during the Boer War. One of the most valuable eye-witness accounts is that found in "The War Memoirs of Commandant Ludwig Krause". These memoirs were only published in 1996 by the Van Riebeeck Society, long after Krause's death. Ludwig Krause was the commander of a group of about 200 Boer scouts, who were part of the force that attacked the British positions on top of the Magaliesberg.