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Attraction Name: Van Zyl's Hall
CATEGORY:: Natural Attractions
Type: Caves
Entrance Fee (Terms): All tours are lead by experienced, knowledgeable and accredited Caves Guides. All tours are offered in English but Afrikaans, German, French and other language guide may be available (please check guide availability when making reservations).

OPENING HOURS
09:00 - 16:00
Tours depart every hour on the hour

Adults: R 100.00
Children: R 60.00

Duration: 60 min

Rates are valid from 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2017

Due to a recent increase in visitors, it is ESSENTIAL to book either tour in advance. Please note that every tour carries a (scientific) restriction in terms of visitors and by booking, you are not only making it comfortable for yourself, but also aiding us directly with our conservation effort of this non-renewable resource.
Description of Attraction: You catch your breath as the first view of VAN ZYL'S HALL opens up before you. Ancient stalactites, aptly known as The dried tobacco leaves of Oudtshoorn, festoon the grey-blue of the limestone ceiling. This spacious hall is over 90 metres long, 50 metres wide at its widest point, and between 14 and 18 metres high. Nearly 100 metres of solid limestone roof separates the cavern from the ridgecrest above.

Van Zyl's Hall is dominated by the giant Organ Pipes, a spectacular dripstone/flowstone combination. Your eyes are drawn to a tall, slender stalagmite which rises nearly 10 metres towards the ceiling - Cleopatra's Needle. Still active and growing, the Needle is estimated to be in excess of 150 000 years old.

Near the base of the staircase stands an impressive formation known as The Pulpit of a Great Cathedral, replete with angel's wings, sculptured by nature's own chisel. At the base of this formation imaginative eyes may make out the shape of The Kneeling Camel, against the side of which nature's artist has left an unusual stain known as The Moses Figure. It represents the biblical Moses, dressed in a flowing, brown robe, his arms outstretched in blessing.

Van Zyl's Hall forms part the Cango Caves Heritage Tour

Just 29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lie the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations.
Street Address: R328, North
Town: Oudtshoorn
Region: Little Karoo, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (44) 272-7410
Source: Cango Caves
Posted / Updated: Dec 21, 2016
Garden Route Meander Office Use Only
Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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