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, April 25, 2015 (All day)

    Hey explorer folk,

    It has been a year since our last adventure day, and it is high time to hold another one! It will be at Necsa (Pelindaba – less than an hour’s drive from JHB) again on Saturday 25 April 2015.

    The day will be the same as last year and consist of hiking / mountain biking leg , paddling leg, another short hike, a rock climb, another hike and abseil and finally braaiing and chilling out in our awesome Necsa recreation site afterwards at about 3pm.

  • 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:    

  • Sunday, November 15, 2015 (All day)

    For more on this trip, contact Karen on  Info evening on Friday 27 March 2015, 7pm at Karen's house.

    Karen is planning an amazing fitness build-up to this trip including a trip to Botshabelo Nature Reserve, Baviaanskloof and the Sani Pass.

Upcoming events

  1. Johannesburg Monthly Meeting
    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 19:00
    Performance – More than just an act You have wondered what enables elite performers to do what they do. Some times asking yourself about what is their difference, that makes the difference?