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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.

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Upcoming Trips

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, August 9, 2014 (All day)

    Olifants River Backpack Trail – stay in own tents, own meals, linear route ±44km, 3 nights 4 days, strenuous.

    8 Places available.

    Ashraf will be on of your guides on this trail

    The Olifants River Back-Pack Trail starts from Olifants Camp. The trail stretches over 4 days and 3 nights and covers approximately 42 km. It is advisable (but not necessary to book accommodation at Olifants or Letaba camps prior to and after completion of the trail. Hikers can leave their cars at Olifants Camp in a special parking area demarcated for this purpose.

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, August 9, 2014 (All day)

    Mphongolo Backpack Trail – stay in own tents, own meals, no set route, 3 nights 4 days, easy going, highly recommended.

    8 Places available.

    Ashraf will be on of your guides on this trail

    Mphongolo Wilderness, zoned as a wilderness area according to 2006 Conservation Development Framework (CDF). Wilderness zones only allow for this kind of product. The area is vast and scenically beautifully with many natural attributes and therefore will ensure a rewarding experience for all participants.

  • Sunday, August 10, 2014 (All day) to Wednesday, August 13, 2014 (All day)

    Mphongolo Backpack Trail – stay in own tents, own meals, no set route, 3 nights 4 days, easy going, highly recommended.

    8 Places available.

    Ashraf will be on of your guides on this trail

    Mphongolo Wilderness, zoned as a wilderness area according to 2006 Conservation Development Framework (CDF). Wilderness zones only allow for this kind of product. The area is vast and scenically beautifully with many natural attributes and therefore will ensure a rewarding experience for all participants.

Essa Members blogs

Our latest blog features Katja as she cycles from Cairo to Cape town
http://explorationsociety.org/drupal/blog/25

Sanjay travvelled through Asia, and you can follow his entertaining journal here
http://explorationsociety.org/drupal/blog/34