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

Upcoming events

  1. Johannesburg Monthly Meeting
    Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 19:00

    Steven has an interesting talk for us on the recently discovered “oldest cave in the world”.

    Armageddon was discovered by the Speleological Exploration Club in December 2012 and its members have been exploring and mapping it, and work is still continuing. Steven will tell us about the very unique features of this cave and show some amazing photos taken inside the cave.

Essa Members blogs

Our latest blog features Katja as she cycles from Cairo to Cape town

Sanjay travvelled through Asia, and you can follow his entertaining journal here