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, 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.

  • 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, August 4, 2015 - 07:15

    Although landlocked, Malawi has an inland sea roughly 365 miles long and 52 miles wide, earning it the nickname ‘the calendar lake’. In September 2010 after months of training and one failed attempt, Abigail Thomson became the first woman to swim across the lake at the narrowest point. This talk will show how understanding the geography and navigating currents was as important as notching up lengths in the pool for making it across the 25km stretch between Salima and Makinjira.