For who has never heard of this modern treasure hunting, Geocaching is cool! People hide the caches (boxes) and then post GPS coordinates of their location on www.geocaching.com. Now the fun can start!
Geocaching is an outdoor activity in which players use GPS technology to search for geocaches. These are hidden or camouflaged containers placed all over the world by other members of the geocaching community – usually filled with knick-knacks and small items. Geocachers obtain the coordinates for caches and log their findings – a bit like a modern day, high-tech treasure hunt. There is an Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Geocaching.
There are over ten different types of caches, some of which have small items that people can take and replace with new objects, but at the very least the caches will have a logbook for you to sign. We have plenty of geocaching spots in the area around Gordons Bay but ofcourse also around Cape Town. Have a look at the map below (click to enlarge) and watch the video at the bottom for an introduction:
On the first (upper) map you will find the caches in and around Gordons Bay. On the next one the caches on Clarence Drive (beautiful Coastal Road R44 to Kleinmond).
The containers sometimes have small items that people can take and replace with new objects - if you’re going geocaching with your children these would be nice ones to start out with.
As at January 2016, there are more than 12 000 active geocaches across South Africa and during 2015 more than 9000 teams of geocachers (the folk doing the finding and hiding) from across the world found geocaches in South Africa. Check the upcoming Geocaching events in South Africa here.
There are 250 geocaches near Cape Town!
Cape Town provides a wide variety of caching options and experiences ranging from traditional urban caching sprees and a multitude of park ‘n’ grabs, to a wide variety of hikes including simple, level terrain walks to more strenuous and challenging climbs and hikes; for the adventurous there are the option to go limestone caving, scuba diving, abseiling and even a crawl through the historic and now disused Cape Town storm water system – all these in the pursuit of smileys.
For the stats hunter, we have our own unique power trail situated just off the N7 along the Old Malmesbury Road. Cape Town also offers a minimum of seven different cache types, not including event, CITO and event-specific caches still to be added.
Some Cape Town cache stats:
Total caches: 1411 (as on 08/10/2015)
Oldest cache in SA: Sentinel View (18/01/2001)
Most favourited cache: Table Mountain Travel Bug Hotel
Most logged cache: Nobel Square
Cape Town also functions as a gateway to the surrounding regions. To the northwest you have the West Coast – a well-known flower destination during spring; to the southeast you will encounter the Overberg during its peak whale watching and shark cage diving season, and situated in between, you will find the scenic Boland that will guarantee you a top wine and cuisine experience throughout the year. Each of these regions can be enjoyed during a simple day trip or an overnight stay and will offer their own, unique geocaching experiences.
Cape Town also hase mega events. Have a look at http://www.capetown2016.co.za/
One of our guests staying at the Wind-Rose, being a enthusiast geocacher (alias Foolish5), wrote down some of their high lights:
During our stay in Cape Town we could perfectly combine seightseeing and geocaching. Each day brought us to new and great places. We found in total over 150 caches:
- Signal hill with a wonderful view over Cape Town;
- Power trail North of Cape Town where we found over 100 boxes in 1 day;
- Earth cache at Cape Aghulas which is the most southern cache in Africa;
- Traditional caches at Cape Point in the Table Mountain National Park which brought us a bit away from the main tourist streams.
But our ultimative favorite cache was the cache "Of Diamonds and Pearls" (GC1H1D7) in the Paarl Mountains. Just amazing to find a cache at this great place!