De Kelders Drip Cave is the lowest lying freshwater cave on the African coast and it is steeped in rich history as well as local lore. Part of an ancient cave system, this magical limestone wonder lies hidden in the cliffs of De Kelders and boasts a crystal clear pool with refreshing mineral water, known for its healing properties. Stalactites reach down from the ceiling of the cave, which is home to Cape Horseshoe Bats. This excursion is both beautiful and educational, with a key focus being on preserving this natural wonder for future generations.
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The De Kelders Drip Cave is formed at the contact point between Table Mountain sandstone and Bredasdorp limestone. One of the major components of limestone is a mineral called calcite. Water dripping through cracks in the cave roof carries this mineral with it, which builds up to form the icicle-like stalactites the cave is known for.
First visited in 1798 by the ever-so-adventurous Lady Anne Barnard, this privately owned cave with its mineral pool has always been a favourite holiday destination and can be found under what was once the location of the legendary, but now sadly demolished De Kelders Hotel. Many happy memories were made here and there are visitors who still make a nostalgic pilgrimage to the limestone cave. After being closed to the public for many years, controlled cave tours are now offered, with the emphasis being on education and on preserving the cave for future generations.