What are the Sudwala Caves?
The Sudwala Caves are part of the Dolomite Ridge. They were formed by natural acid in groundwater seeping through dissolving rock and joins.
Where are the Sudwala Caves?
The Caves are in Mpumalanga, about thirty minutes from Nelspruit, South Africa.
A bit of history
The Caves have a very interesting history. Apparently the Caves were used in the nineteenth century by Somquba, the brother of an Swazi heir. A huge fight broke out between Somquba and his brother Mswati.
The fight reached a point where he fled to the Mankelexele Mountains with some of Mswati’s cattle. Somquba and his people got to know the Caves and hid there in times of conflict.
At one point Mswati and his men tried to smoke and choke them out of the caves but due to the natural and unexplained airflow in the Caves, he didn’t succeed.
Somquba later died in an unexpected attack. His surviving followers stayed behind under the leadership of Sudwala. That’s how the Caves got their name.
Apparently it was also used by the Boers in the Second Boer War to store ammunition. Some believe that it was used by Paul Kruger to store the famed “Kruger Millions”
What we enjoyed about the Caves
To share such wonderful memories with my family is a blessing. The kids had so much fun and took pictures of everything.
At one stage, they switched off all the lights in the Caves to reveal a glowing stalagmite.
I’m not claustrophobic but there were a few narrow passages to get through. There’s another part of the Caves to investigate but it includes crawling and wasn’t available on our visit. We’ll need to go back to explore that part because it sounds like it might be fun.
The natural water supply
The Caves have water but it’s not drinkable. I did however touch it and put some on my face. Don’t judge me, I’m the mother of five. I need all the help I can get.
Did it work? Absolutely! I now have flawless skin because I found the fountain of youth people!
Just kidding! Please don’t put any weird shit on your face. My face could have been eaten off by a flesh eating virus, or worse… I could have turned into a zombie. I hate walking!
What we think about the Caves.
We would love to go back because there’s so much we still have to see. Everything about the Caves were amazing. We left with memories and knowledge that no one can take from us. We can’t wait to go and explore some more.
For more information visit: https://sudwalacaves.com/
To read about our trip to the Kruger National Park go here: https://afamilylifestyle.com/portfolio/the-kruger-national-park/